Session 1- Understanding breast cancer and how to support your partner through her diagnosis and treatment

This session is intended for Caregivers, Patients, Professionals

This session will provide an overview for those recently diadnosed with the intent of offering information, practical resources, and decision-making strategies to help cope with the initial treatment phase.

Presentation on how to better understand breast cancer and how to be a supportive caregiver throughout treatment  by:

  1. Understanding common responses to a breast cancer diagnosis and how to be supportive to her during that time (practical and emotional)
  2. Brief overview of breast cancer care and how it is delivered
  3. Understanding different coping styles including information needs
  4. How to support your partner through her diagnosis and treatment
  5. Importance of having the information you need (both you and your partner) to adjust to this reality, and make informed decisions. Prioritizing questions to ask the doctors including sample questions
  6. Living with the unknowns as treatment plan is a process and develops over time not all known upfront
  7. Deciding how the news and ongoing updates will be shared and with whom
  8. How to communicate and process your own emotions during this time

These topics will be followed by a question/answer period.

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Watch the Partners in Care Cancer Series : Caregivers, survivors, and health care professionals talk about the importance of the caregiver in the breast and ovarian cancer journey. Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3  – Part 4

  1. Director of Support Services & Community Engagement Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support With a background in social work, and women’s studies Danielle joined Willow in 2001, and has held several positions involving education, outreach and volunteer engagement. Her current role at Willow involves the education, support and training for our staff and volunteers to equip them with the skills and tools to provide the best possible service to all Canadians affected by breast and hereditary cancer. Danielle has over ten years of group facilitation and training experience in this field. On a personal level, she is a caregiver for her mother-in-law who had breast cancer in 2010.

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