Cancer Support Mackay

Looking For A Cancer Support Group?

 Cath is a breast cancer survivor and the group leader of the Mackay Breast Cancer Support Group.

Monthly support group meetings are held in Mackay, on the second Saturday of the month, for women diagnosed with breast cancer and survivors at any stage of the cancer journey. 

We are a breast cancer support group, launched in October 2019, for women of all ages with breast cancer, and survivors, from Mackay, Sarina, Whitsundays, Nebo and surrounding areas.

These meetings are an opportunity to connect and share your cancer journey, in a welcoming, private and supportive space. Our focus is to allow you to have a voice, share and receive support from others in the same circumstances, to help you feel that you are not alone in this journey.

Upcoming Events

Meetings held second Saturday of the month.

 8 MAY MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP

Saturday 8th May, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Botanical Gardens Meeting Room, Mackay.
Parking: Road-side along Lagoon Street
RSVP: Please click Going on Facebook Event, or email RSVP.

– Sharing and Support – a confidential space to discuss our journeys over Morning Tea. Bring a small share plate, wear something pink. No fee.

 12 JUNE MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP

Saturday 12th June, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Botanical Gardens Meeting Room, Mackay.
Parking: Road-side along Lagoon Street
RSVP: Please click Going on Facebook Event, or email RSVP.

– Sharing and Support – a confidential space to discuss our journeys over Morning Tea. Bring a small share plate, wear something pink. No fee.

 10 JULY MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP

Saturday 10th July, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Botanical Gardens Meeting Room, Mackay.
Parking: Road-side along Lagoon Street
RSVP: Please click Going on Facebook Event, or email RSVP.

– Sharing and Support – a confidential space to discuss our journeys over Morning Tea. Bring a small share plate, wear something pink. No fee.

Workshops

Workshops in 2021…

Our Mental Health Workshop held on 06/02/2021 was a hit, with 15 attendees.

We will definitely be holding a second Mental Health Workshop in the near future, covering the topic of “Analysing and Changing Your Thinking”.

Next workshop date coming soon…

Visit Facebook Page

Like our page and stay connected with our support group events and photos.

Join Facebook Group

Join our private group, where you can share/ask questions about breast cancer topics affecting you.

Support Group Photos

Cath’s Cancer Story

Cath was diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer on the 8th January, 2015. Cath’s tumour was ER/PR+, Grade II, infiltrating ductal carcinoma, with multiple large tumours and found in 7 of 26 lymph nodes. 

Her 9 month active treatment journey included 5 rounds of TAC chemotherapy, right-side mastectomy and axillary clearance, followed by 25 doses of radiation and continues with hormone blockers/endocrine therapy. 

Despite having lymphoedema of the right arm and having to wear a compression sleeve to manage the swelling, Cath is in good health and counts her blessings to have survived cancer. 

Cath wanted to start a breast cancer support group, when she moved back to Mackay, as she had attended a BCNA support group in Perth during active treatment in 2015 and found the support to be extremely helpful and uplifting and wanted to re-create the same support network for ladies in Mackay. 

Check out the photos below from Cath’s cancer journey, including baldy head, Donna the wig and chemo curls.

Find Other Mackay Cancer Support Groups

Below is a listing of local cancer support groups, where you are able to receive peer support.

Mackay Prostate Cancer Support Group

John: 0418 194 262

Evelyn: 0418 747 009

Email: admin@emcaretraining.com.au

Web: http://www.mackayprostatecancersupport.com.au/

Mackay Blood Cancer Support Group

Karen Szymanski

Phone: 07 4727 8000

Email: kszymanski@leukaemia.org.au

Ovarian Cancer Support Group

National Tele-Support Group

Phone: 1300 660 334

Email: support@ovariancancer.net.au

Web: https://ovariancancer.net.au/how-can-we-help-you/tele-support/

Lung Cancer Support Group

National Telephone Support Group

Phone: 1800 654 301

Web: https://lungfoundation.com.au/patients-carers/get-support/support-groups/

Helpful Contacts

Below are some helpful contacts in Mackay.

If you provide a cancer related service in the Mackay region and would like to be listed here, contact Cath on the button below. 

McGrath Breast Care Nurses Mackay

Liz & Karen

Mackay Base Hospital

Phone: 07 4885 7708

Email: mkybcn@health.qld.gov.au

Prosthesis Fitter

Deb Lebsanft

Phone: 0434 940 300

Email: wellnesswithdeb@bigpond.com

Web:  https://wellnesswithdeb.bigcartel.com

Lymphoedema Physio

Libby Froyland, In Motion Chiro

Phone: 07 4951 3888

Email: info@inmotionchiro.com.au

Wig Fitter

Roz Campbell

Phone: 0411 458 965

Email: mrscambo@iprimus.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rozthecwiglady/

Mackay Dragons Abreast
BCNA

Breast Cancer Network Australia

BCNA Helpline – 1800 500 258 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm (EST), Monday – Friday. 

My Journey Kit

BCNA Online Network

Knitted Knockers

Dorne Cawte

Phone: 0413 676 109

Email: djcawte1@gmail.com

Lymphoedema Massage

Bronwyn Overall

Phone: 0432 231 684

Email: bronnie66@bigpond.com

Look Good Feel Better Workshops

Roz Campbell

Phone: 0411 458 965

Web: https://lgfb.org.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LGFBAustralia/

Get In Touch – Ask Cath