Advanced/metastatic cancer

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Women living with metastatic/advanced breast or gynaecological cancer are welcome at Counterpart. You can use any of our services that may be helpful to you.

Speak to a Peer Support Volunteer

Our Peer Support Volunteers have experienced a breast or gynaecological cancer and some are living with metastatic disease. Our volunteers will listen and give you time and space to talk through how you are feeling. Many women find this helps them to look after their wellbeing, maintain hope and manage the uncertainty of living with an advanced cancer diagnosis.

Counterpart Peer Support Volunteers can also help you to find reliable information or direct you to services that provide practical help, medical advice or support.

  • Call 1300 781 500 (10am–2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
  • Request a call online and a volunteer will call you when our Resource Centre is open.

Come to a health or wellbeing event

We run sessions and workshops on a range of topics. These include information presentations from qualified professionals and a range of creative and wellness workshops. Our events give you a chance to learn and to connect with other women affected by cancer.

You are welcome to come to any of our sessions. Our What’s On program is for all women affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer: Our Making Connections program is for women living with metastatic/advanced disease.

You can bring a friend, family member or other support person with you. Some information sessions are also presented as webinars so you can join in from home, using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

See our upcoming events.

Find reliable information

Our library has over 500 resources on topics relevant to women affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer. This includes books, CDs, podcasts and videos on a range of health and wellbeing topics, including living with advanced/metastatic cancer.

You can watch past webinars online. These include topics specifically for women living with metastatic/advanced cancer.

Browse the library catalogue or see a selection of resources related to advanced/metastatic cancer.

Participate in gentle exercise

Counterpart runs two free gentle exercise programs. These are for women who have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer. They provide a safe, supportive space and are suitable for women with a variety of fitness and energy levels.

Stepping into Wellness

A six-week program run in different locations across Melbourne. You can try a range of different types of exercise and connect with other women who have experienced cancer from your local area.

Feel Good

This program runs from 10.30am–1.30am every second Wednesday in Melbourne’s CBD. You can join the program at any time and participate for as long as you would like.

All sessions are run by qualified instructors who are sensitive to the impact of breast or gynaecological cancers, including advanced/metastatic cancers. You must be 8 weeks post-surgery and will need to get one of your doctors to sign your registration form.

Contact the Resource Centre for more information or to register. Call 1300 781 500 or email info@counterpart.org.au

Find out more about Counterpart

If you want to know more about our service, our volunteer program, or other ways we can help please contact our Resource Centre.

You can also contact a staff member who coordinates our advanced/metastatic cancer program by phone on 03 8488 9837 or email wendy.pullan@counterpart.org.au. We welcome feedback and ideas about how we can support you.

Useful links

Aussie Breast Cancer Forum

Australian online forum where discussions are run by and for people affected by breast cancer. The forum includes message boards for women with advanced/metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Australian Clinical Trials

A joint initiative between the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science providing information and resources about clinical trials.

Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group – clinical trials

Find gynaecological cancer clinical trials currently recruiting participants.

Breast Cancer Network Australia – metastatic breast cancer

BCNA represent more than 40,000 breast cancer survivors nationally and supply free information resources, including the free Hope & Hurdles pack for women with metastatic breast cancer. Hope & Hurdles is available free from BCNA.

Breast Cancer Trials

Find metastatic breast cancer clinical trials currently recruiting participants. The site also includes prevention and early breast cancer categories.

Cancer Council NSW – advanced cancer

Information and links to support for people living with advanced/metastatic cancer.

Cancer Council Victoria – living with advanced cancer

A booklet providing practical and support information for people with cancer, their families and friends.

‘Cuppa and Chat’ – support group for women with metastatic breast cancer

Available to women with a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer on the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding areas. Meet fortnightly in a safe and nurturing environment. Find out when the next meeting is by calling Jenny Macindoe, McGrath Metastatic Breast Care Nurse, 03 9788 1754 or emailing jmacindoe@phcn.vic.gov.au.

Ovarian Cancer Australia

Ovarian Cancer Australia is the peak representative organisation for ovarian cancer in Australia. They represent the needs of the ovarian cancer community and their programs are focused on promoting awareness, advocacy, support and information.

Think Pink

As part of a range of services for people affected by breast cancer, Think Pink run Second Hope, an informal support group for women living with metastatic cancer, that meets twice a month.

Thursday Girls

The Thursday Girls is a weekly therapy and support group for women of any age, living with advanced/metatastic breast cancer. It is facilitated by two experienced social workers and meets in Box Hill.

Women with Advanced Breast Cancer (Facebook group)

An group run by and for Australian women with advanced breast cancer. To provide a safe space for women to share, it is a closed group so applications need to be approved by group moderators.