This list includes links to key pieces of evidence-based information directly related to breast reconstruction, and includes downloadable fact sheets, pamphlets, PDF documents and web pages.
Scroll down for decision support: Background information and getting advice; Treatment; Clinical trials and Hereditary breast cancer and risk.
Background information and getting advice
A guide to the specific steps and recommended care for each stage of breast cancer treatment. This is particularly useful as background information before discussions with your treatment team. Click the link to download as a printable fact sheet.
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have cancer. This document describes the care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway in Australia. It is the patient’s version of the Optimal Care Pathways for health professionals. Includes links for support and information. Also available as a PDF fact sheet.
Episode 1 of this podcast explains the role of the cancer nurses working on the Cancer Council telephone service, who can provide a reliable source of information if questions arise.
In episode 5 of this podcast an Aboriginal Support Worker and two practice nurses discuss the extra supports available for people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities undergoing cancer treatment.
Presenter Nicole Kinnane from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre explains the benefits of a Survivorship Care Plan, how you might go about getting one. She takes us step-by-step through the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre's My Care Plan tool for 6 major types of cancer: early stage breast, early stage bowel, localised prostate, early stage melanoma, uterine (endometrial) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Online proformas are available for people with other cancers who’re interested in creating their own care plans.
BRECONDA (Breast Reconstruction Decision Aid) is an online decision-making tool to help you make decisions about breast reconstruction.
This tool, to be used in conjunction with your treating team, has been created for women recently diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, for whom treatment with chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy before surgery may be an option.
In this 6th episode of the 'The thing about cancer' podcast, Julie McCrossin and Professor Lyndal Trevena discuss the process of making treatment decisions.
The section on 'Making decisions about your health' on the Jean Hailes website includes information on choosing a doctor, evaluating the validity of online information, and questions to consider when making a health-related decision. The website also contains a large range of information and resources on women's health and well-being.
Two online tools are available on the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute website to aid in decision making around tough health issues. The aids include a personal decision making guide to complete individually, and a family decision making guide to complete with a family member. The tool helps to identify your knowledge, values, support and level of certainty when faced with decisions. The tool can be completed online and printed off.
Suggestions for steps you might take in making decisions about your treatment.
This Australian government website has details on what clinical trials involve, what to consider when deciding whether to go on a trial, and search function to find specific drug trials.
The section 'How to decide whether a clinical trial is right for you?' contains key questions to consider and ask of health practitioners. While this is an American organisation, the types of questions are relevant to an Australian setting. The website also contains information on using complementary therapies.
Explanation of what a clinical trial is, and how and why people might choose to take part. Links to current clinical trials.
Cancer Council Victoria resource helping Victorians with cancer to find new treatment options.
Hereditary breast cancer and risk
Australian government website includes a section on understanding 'Your risk and breast cancer'. The section includes a 'risk calculator' for women who have not had breast or ovarian cancers.
This article includes information on the link between cancer and family history, what to do reduce your risk of developing cancer, and available resources.
Not for profit American organisation for people with a family history of cancer. Watch the webinar 'How do I decide?' which includes discussion on weighing up treatment options.
Available as a web page or to download as a PDF booklet, this resource explains genetic breast cancer risks in simple language. Includes monitoring information for women who have been found to be at risk, and the role of genetic counselling and testing.
This fact sheet explains when family history may be important in breast cancer risk and the options available if you have concerns about a strong family history. It can be downloaded as a PDF or ordered in hard copy.
Dr Yoland Antill, Medical Oncologist and Cancer Genetics specialist explains how genetics can influence cancer and determine treatment options.
This page explains what happens when you see a genetics specialist, including a detailed explanation of the collection of family history. As this resource is UK-focused, treatment and support services are not available to Australians.
This page explains the risks of genetic cancers as well as the steps you can take to reduce your risk. Scroll to Breast cancer.