Free online conference
This webcast was held on Sunday 14 October 2018
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) live streamed its young women’s conference on Sunday 14 October. The conference was especially for women who were under the age of 40 when diagnosed with breast cancer.  You can choose to watch the recording of the whole conference, or just topics that are of most interest to you.

Breast Cancer Network Australia acknowledges the assistance of Sussan in developing this conference.

Welcome and introduction
Kirsten Pilatti, Chief Executive Officer, BCNA

A growing dilemma – breast cancer during pregnancy
Professor Christobel Saunders, Head of General Surgery, University of Western Australia

Pregnancy after breast cancer – the POSITIVE Trial
Professor Christobel Saunders, Head of General Surgery, University of Western Australia

Fertility and breast cancer, what are the options?
Associate Professor Kate Stern, gynaecologist and fertility specialist

Professor Christobel Saunders and Associate Professor Kate Stern

The latest in breast cancer treatment for young women
Dr Belinda Yeo, medical oncologist

Dr Belinda Yeo, medical oncologist

Wrap-up of morning
Kirsten Pilatti, Chief Executive Officer, BCNA

Welcome back
Kirsten Pilatti, Chief Executive Officer, BCNA

Living well with a ‘new normal’
Dr Carrie Lethborg, oncology social worker

Body image after breast cancer for young women
Rachelle Panitz, Founder and Managing Director, So Brave

Dr Carrie Lethborg and Rachelle Panitz

Stretch lead by Inform Health and Exercise

Work during and after breast cancer treatment
Hanes Australasia (home to some of Australia’s most recognised apparel and lifestyle brands including Bonds, Berlei and Sheridan)

Hanes Australasia

Personal story
Kathleen Pettyfor, physiotherapist and breast cancer survivor

Breast reconstruction panel discussion
Mr Simon Overstall, specialist plastic surgeon
Monique Baldacchino, breast care nurse and nipple tattooist
Renee Gani, breast cancer survivor

Wrap-up and close
Kirsten Pilatti, Chief Executive Officer, BCNA

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Professor Christobel Saunders AO, Head of Surgery, University of Western Australia
Professor Christobel Saunders is a research-orientated cancer surgeon whose passion is both caring for patients, but also undertaking research to improve their outcomes and putting this into practice and policy. Her research covers clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research much of it in breast cancer. She initially qualified and practiced as a surgeon in London, moving to Australia in 2000, and has performed research for nearly 30 years. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and was awarded 2018 WA Women’s Hall of Fame, 2017 WA Scientist of the Year and made and Officer of the Order of Australia this year. She sits on boards of a number of cancer organisations including the Breast Cancer Trials Group and previously the BCNA board for five years. She is President of the Breast Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand; and is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services in Western Australia, past President of the Cancer Council WA; and past Advisory Council member of organisations such as Cancer Australia.
Associate Professor Kate Stern
Kate Stern is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne, Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH). Kate is the Head of the Endocrine and Metabolic Service at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne and Clinical Director and Head of Clinical Research at Melbourne IVF. She is a fertility specialist, gynaecologist and reproductive endocrinologist. Kate’s special interest is in medical fertility preservation and she established and coordinates the Fertility Preservation Services at RWH and Melbourne IVF. Kate currently co-chairs the COSA Medical Fertility Preservation Guidance development group and is also a member of the international Pancare working group for the European FPS Guidelines.
Dr Belinda Yeo
Belinda Yeo is jointly appointed to the Austin Hospital as a Medical Oncologist and to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute as a Clinician Scientist with a specific interest in breast cancer. She trained in Sydney before joining the Breast Unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London as a Clinical and Research Fellow. She completed a Master’s Degree at The University of London and The Institute of Cancer Research in novel genomic and non-molecular breast cancer risk assays. She is a clinical trial investigator and continues her translational research at the ONJ Centre investigating improving personalisation and minimising toxicities for patients with breast cancer.
Dr Carrie Lethborg
Dr Carrie Lethborg has been a social worker and researcher in the setting of cancer for over 25 years. She is a clinical leader in Social Work at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne; Manager, Inclusive Health Research for St Vincent’s Health Australia; a specialist counsellor for Breast Cancer Network Australia’s metastatic breast cancer service and an honorary research fellow in psycho-oncology at Monash Medical Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne. She is a regular speaker for people adjusting after treatment for cancer.
Rachelle Panitz
Rachelle is passionate about creating empowering opportunities for women and raising awareness and fundraising for breast cancer research. Since 2015, Rachelle and her team have provided 36 young breast cancer survivors across Australia, So Brave Model Ambassadors, with the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for research and transformed lives through our bodypaint and photoshoot experience. At 32, as a young woman with no family history of breast cancer, a 3-year-old daughter and a 6-week-old son, Rachelle's diagnosis was a complete shock. After 18 months of intense treatment, she knew that she wanted to make sure other young women were #breastaware and vigilant.

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