Australia's first national breast cancer hotline aims to ease
the trauma of those diagnosed with the disease.
About 10,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia
each year, but until now there has been no telephone service
to answer their concerns.
The Director of the Wesley Breast Clinic, Dr Cherrell Hirst, says
many women and their families go into shock after diagnosis and
then need specific information.
"The breast care nurses have been doing this through our support
programs and through just taking information inquiries," she
"They are experienced and they are able to particularly listen
to the person calling, maybe a man, maybe a woman, and put that
question in context and then answer it appropriately and give
ongoing advice about where more help can be obtained."
The Breast Cancer Hotline number is 1-800-227-271.
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