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Living with breast cancer

Living with advanced breast cancer

Sweet Louise Foundation

Provides practical, emotional and social support and services for women and men living with incurable breast cancer.Sweet Louise is available in the Waikato region as well as other parts of NZ.

P. 0800 11 22 77

For more information contact Waikato and Bay of Plenty Sweet Louise Coordinator:
Angela Jackson
M. 027 328 8009

Metavivors NZ

Is a safe and supportive online community for New Zealanders living with metastatic breast cancer. It aims to provide mutual support, friendship, information and strength to all those who find themselves facing diagnosis and treatment for advanced/metastatic breast cancer. 

To join the Metavivors NZ Facebook group please email:

Living with a breast cancer (BRCA) gene mutation or predisposition to breast cancer

Genetic Health Service New Zealand

Your doctor can refer you for expert genetic diagnostic and genetic counselling services, providing assistance, advice and education in managing genetic conditions. Genetic Health Service NZ operates clinics throughout the country with their staff of Clinical Geneticists and Genetic Counsellors. Genetic services are publicly funded for NZ residents as they are part of New Zealand’s public health system.

For Waikato people:
Northern hub 
FP. 0800476123
P. 09 307 4949 ext 25870

Gift of Knowledge

Provides information and support to people who are impacted by a genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer.

For general enquiries

For Waikato enquiries

BRCA New Zealand private Facebook page

For resources and support for those affected by a BRCA mutation see


A new tool to help women understand their breast cancer risk and to act on it.
Go to website:

Lymphoedema care and treatment

Waikato Hospital/DHB

Ask your doctor to refer you to a lymphoedemanurse therapist:
Department of Oncology, Waikato Hospital (publicly funded)

Lymphoedema Support Network New Zealand

A website of lymphoedema therapists and support groups and more. 

P. 021 088 68351

Lymphoedema therapists in private

Renee Wood
Lymphoedema Physiotherapist

TuTonu, 20 Karewa Place, Pukete, Hamilton
P. 07 5950611

Paula Palmer
Lymphoedema Nurse Therapist

11 Queenwood Avenue, Queenwood, Hamilton 
P. 021 758 290

Note you can apply for a subside for lymphedema care and treatment through the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

Palliative and hospice care

Palliative Care Services Waikato District Health Board

Your oncologist or GP may refer you to this service if you have advanced breast cancer.

Hospice New Zealand

There are 35 hospice services throughout NZ. 

Hospice Waikato Hospice 
334 Cobham Drive, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216
P. 07-859 1260

Your oncologist or GP may refer you to the Hospice service. Patients or their family/whanau can contact Hospice directly, or ask their doctor, health professional or hospital ward to refer them.