This list provides links to key pieces of evidence-based information about chemotherapy for early breast cancer. The list includes downloadable fact sheets, pamphlets, or PDFs and web pages.
A brochure on chemotherapy for breast cancer produced by The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in NSW. It discusses how chemotherapy is administered, some of the common drugs used and the common side effects that may be experienced.
Formerly the My Journey Kit, this tool is now online. Sign up to access information that can be tailored to your own situation. Find information on chemotherapy under the treatment section.
Although not breast cancer specific, this page clearly explains how chemotherapy works, what to expect, and side effects to watch for. Use 'Download PDF' button at the bottom of the page for the booklet 'Understanding chemotherapy' (described below).
This booklet explains how chemotherapy works, side effects and gives advice on making treatment decisions. Also available in hard copy.
In episode 3 of this podcast Medical Oncologist, Dr Craig Carden, talks about what to expect from your first round of chemotherapy.
Short Australian videos explaining a range of aspects relating to cancer treatment. Several of these relate to chemotherapy and its effects.
Printable patient information sheets covering a range of topics relating to chemotherapy and its effects. Translated into Arabic, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
A web page on chemotherapy on the website of US breastcancer.org’s website. In addition to looking at how chemotherapy works; chemotherapy medicines and combinations; what to expect and managing the side effects of chemotherapy, this site has a section exploring fears related to having chemotherapy. Scroll down for a link to a useful fact sheet on 'Community Member tips for chemotherapy treatment'.
This web page, although not breast cancer specific, provides clear information on how chemotherapy works, its effects, and practical information such as dietary needs and managing work. Keep in mind that this is US-focused, so financial information does not apply to Australia.
Easy to read information. Explains how chemotherapy works, common chemotherapy drugs and regimens (combinations of chemotherapy drugs) that may be used, and their side effects.
Presented in collaboration with the Heart Foundation, Professor Liza Thomas outlines the long-term impacts of cancer treatment on heart health. With Julie Anne Mitchell. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
A worksheet to help you document the side affects you may experience from chemotherapy in order to be able to discuss them with your doctor.
This web page explains the reasons for hair loss and gives tips to help you manage it. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to the wig service, where you will also find videos on wearing wigs and tying scarves.
Peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves in hands, feet and lower legs) is a side effect of some cancer treatments, particularly chemotherapy treatment. Consultant Medical Oncologist Shirley Wong explains why it happens, risk factors and what can be done to help. Recorded at Counterpart Resource Centre, Melbourne, on 20 February 2019.
In this webinar recording, Dr Adrian Schembri discusses the relationships between cancer, chemotherapy and brain function in this presentation held at Counterpart.
In episode 14 of the podcast 'The thing about cancer', Julie McCrossin and medical oncologist Professor Janette Vardy discuss her research into 'chemo brain'.
Elizabeth Pearson, Occupational Therapist, PhD, discusses the evidence for managing cancer-related fatigue.
In episode 3 of the podcast 'The thing about cancer', Julie McCrossin and Dr Haryana Dhillon discuss ways of managing cancer fatigue.
In episode 7 of the podcast 'The thing about cancer', Julie McCrossin and dietitian Merran Findlay talk about ways to nourish your body during cancer treatment.
Use the search box to find Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) sheets on drugs you have been prescribed. These explain the use, administration and side effects of each drug.