Breast Cancer Support Organisations
We understand that people with breast cancer often want to connect with others for support. In NZ, there are many regional breast cancer survivor groups dedicated to supporting those with breast cancer. Search for a breast cancer support group in your region on our online service directory or call the Cancer Society on Freephone 0800 226 237 (0800 CANCER) or Breast Cancer Support 0800 273 222 to find a local group.
If you know of an active local support group which we haven’t listed, please email us their contact details so we can include them in on our online service directory.
Here’s just a selection of active breast cancer groups:
FOR YOUNGER WOMEN
Shocking Pink : Established by Kylie and Cheryle, two young New Zealand women with breast cancer, this useful site is aimed at addressing the unique issues and challenges faced by younger women diagnosed with the disease. They aim to tell it like it really is, because they’ve been there too. Shocking Pink also run a closed group on facebook to encourage connections amongst younger women with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Support (Auckland): This voluntary organisation of breast cancer survivors have a younger women’s support group which meets monthly in Auckland only, at this stage. Every fourth Monday of the month at The Auckland Cancer Society (Domain Lodge) 1 Boyle Cres, Grafton, Auckland
7pm - 9.30pm Freephone 0800 273 222 to register or search here
ALL PEOPLE WITH BREAST CANCER
Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC): This coalition of NZ breast cancer organisations provides a united consumer voice working to improve the detection, treatment, care and understanding of breast cancer in NZ. Their guide to breast cancer, Step by Step is a brilliant resource which can be ordered off their website.
Breast Cancer Support Inc. (BCS): BCS is a voluntary organisation of survivors of breast cancer who provide information and support whatever your stage of breast cancer or age of diagnosis. Freephone: 0800 273 222 (0800 BreaCanSupport) – for information on ‘Breast Friends’ support groups and nationwide support services (information and advice)
Breast Cancer Network (BCN): BCN is a voluntary organisation for survivors of breast cancer and their supporters. It aims to promote increased efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer – by advocacy, education, information and networking.
Phone: 09 232 1294
Mobile: 021 222 0963
Breast Cancer Support Northland: Offers practical and emotional support to people living in the area from Wellsford north.
Phone: 0800 227 687
Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust: Offers daytime and evening meetings, plus lymphoedema advice and advanced breast cancer support.
Phone: 571 3346
Casting for Recovery: Offers retreat (at no cost) to men and women who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, enabling them to relax in peaceful surroundings and learn to fly fish.
Phone: 021 774 751
Dragon Boat Teams: Dragon boating is a popular team sport and recovery vehicle for women after they have finished their breast cancer treatment. The teams also act as very good support networks combining fitness, fun and friendship.
Busting with Life - www.bustingwithlife.org.nz
Auckland - Pink Dragons - www.pinkdragons.org.nz
Waikato - Treasure Chests - www.waikatotreasurechests.co.nz
Bay of Plenty - Boobops Dragon Boat Team - www.sportsground.co.nz/boobops
Taranaki - Taranaki Dragons - www.taranakidragons.co.nz
Wellington - Can Survive Dragon Boat Team - www.cansurvive.co.nz
Marlborough - Simply the Breast Dragon Boat Team - www.facebook.com/SimplyTheBreastDragonBoatTeamMarlboroughNz/
Phone Sue: 03 578 9110
Christchurch - Abreast of Life - www.abreastoflife.co.nz
Dove House (Auckland): Offers holistic support to those living with a life threatening illness. Caring for patients from diagnosis onwards. Medical and emotional support, body therapies such as Aromatherapy, Oncology Massage, Reflexology, reiki, Accupuncture, Skin and Nail treatments and creative therapies.
Hawke's Bay Breast Cancer Trust: OA charitable trust raising funding, awareness, education and research for Hawke's Bay women and their families living with breast cancer. Also provides "Moving On" - a free 6 week programme of gentle exercise, education and support for women recovering from breast cancer.
HER2 Heroes Waikato: Offering support to women in the Waikato region with HER2 positive breast cancer.
Call Julie: (07) 824 0943 or 027 290 9744 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Marianne: (07) 827 4794 or 021 174 6327 or email: email@example.com
Look Good Feel Better: A free nationwide programme dedicated to help women face the side effects of cancer with greater confidence and a renewed sense of self. Guidance, information and makeover expertise are offered to restore appearance and self image during cancer treatment.
Freephone: 0800 865 432
Lymphoedema Support Network: A voluntary organisation which is the primary support network for New Zealanders affected by lymphoedema. Their aim is to increase awareness of lymphoedema in the wider community and to support those who have the condition in any way that they can, for example, providing information on exercises, coping skills, and support garments to try and prevent postoperative lymphoedema.
Contact Person: Joy Donohoe, Chairperson
Phone: 09 625 6463
To find a Lymphoedema therapist, visit www.lymphoedemanz.org.nz
Lymphoedema NZ provides a wealth of information about lymphoedema services, support and resources in New Zealand, as well as links to reputable international lymphoedema information. Designed and created by a collaboration of New Zealand lymphoedema therapist, it's accessible to everyone from the general public through to health professionals.
Mamazon Club: The Mamazon club supports lesbian women with breast cancer.
Maori and Pacific Support Services : For Maori and Pacific breast cancer support services in your area of residence, contact BreastScreen Aotearoa -
Freephone: 0800 270 200
Wahine Toa: A support group for Maori women diagnosed with breast cancer. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Clover Park community house in Manukau - Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland).
Pacific Sisters Unite: Pacific Women's Support Group: Meets every two months in the Wellington area. Open to any Pacific women with breast cancer, as well as family and supporters.
Contact Moera or Cecilia - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gift of Knowledge – Hereditary Breast Cancer: The Gift of Knowledge provides relevant information and support to those at higher risk of breast or ovarian cancer due to a genetic predisposition, for example, the BRAC1 and BRAC2 breast cancer gene mutations.
Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust: Supporting women and men with breast cancer in the Rotorua community.
FOR WOMEN WITH ADVANCED BREAST CANCER
Sweet Louise: Aims to improve the quality of life of people living with advanced breast cancer by offering face to face and phone support, peer support with regular meetings and online forums, $500 worth of service vouchers per year for members to be redeemed for a wide range of services and complementary therapies.
Phone: 0800 11 22 77
Metavivors NZ: A Facebook group which aims to provide a voice for women with advanced breast cancer. It is also a forum which enables women with metastatic breast cancer to connect and support each other.
To join Metavivors NZ email email@example.com