A new Companion for breast cancer patients

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St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital has created a mindfulness colouring book as part of the breast care support package to be provided to patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

The book entitled Companion features original art work by Rebecca Cullum-Brown, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2015, and quotes from patients and their loved ones.

Director of Medical Services, Dr Mellissa Naidoo, said “A breast cancer diagnosis can be an incredibly confronting and isolating experience and support with emotional and practical issues during treatment can make all the difference to patients.”

“Our breast care package is specifically designed to support patients during their treatment for breast disease. Companion will now form part of this package.

“The voices of our patients are what make Companion special and we hope their words will help others on their own journey.”

The book was launched at St Andrew’s annual breast cancer morning tea on Tuesday 25 October in front of 45 invited guests, including current and former patients.

Channel 7’s Kay McGrath, an advocate for breast cancer awareness, and UnitingCare Queensland Chief Executive Officer Anne Cross were among the guest speakers at the event at Spring Hill’s Hotel Grand Chancellor.

“St Andrew’s breast cancer care program is another example of the important work UnitingCare does in the area of women’s health,” Ms Cross said.

St Andrew’s breast care program sees 170 patients per year with one quarter coming from regional and remote areas of Queensland.

Learn more about the individualised care and support available at http://standrewshospital.com.au/services/breast-surgery

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