International experts at National Breast Care Nurses Conference

Wednesday 16 April, 2008
Leading Texan Breast Care Nurse, Ms Anita Broxson will be keynote speaker at the 10th National Breast Care Nurses Conference to be held in Fremantle, Western Australia on May 1 and 2, 2008.

Themed New Directions: A Multicultural Approach to Younger Women with Breast Cancer, Ms Broxson will be joined by a host of international and national speakers who are experts in the treatment and management of breast cancer.

The Cancer Council's Doreen Akkerman said the conference would be an excellent professional development opportunity for nurses interested in learning how to more effectively support younger women with breast cancer from different cultures.

"About 5% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are under 40," Ms Akkerman said. "These women can face a number of issues including fertility management, sexuality issues and cultural myths surrounding cancer.

"This conference will focus on sharing knowledge and skills so breast care nurses around Australasia can enhance their support and care of younger women with breast cancer and effectively address individual and cultural needs."

Ms Akkerman said breast care nurses are a vital component of the multidisciplinary team.

"Breast care nurses are available to support women at any stage throughout the breast cancer journey," she said. "This conference will bring together some of the top minds in breast cancer to broaden the knowledge of nurses around Australasia and enhance the level of supportive care they provide."

The 10th National Breast Care Nurses Conference: New Directions: A Multicultural Approach to Younger Women with Breast Cancer, will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia on May 1 and 2, 2008. For more information visit www.debretts.com.au/bcnc/conference.html