Wellbeing Support Services
Psychological and emotional support for wellbeing
The incidence of depression is common following a breast cancer diagnosis. If you are struggling with your diagnosis and are feeling depressed and/or anxious please reach out to your breast care or oncology doctor or nurse or your GP. You may need referral to mental health services, a counselor or psychologist.
Waikato Hospital Psycho-Oncology and Social Work services
Ask your doctor or breast care/oncology nurse for a referral
Waikato BOP Cancer Society Women’s Cancer Support Group
Supporting women through breast and other cancers
National organisation supporting young women through breast cancer
Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC)
National organisation for support and advocacy including support for Maori and Pacifica women. www.breastcancer.org.nz
National support group for lesbian women with breast cancer
P. 09 820 3130
Look Good, Feel Better
A free service offered to women undergoing cancer treatment helping restore and enhance appearance during and after treatment.
P. 0800 865 432
see website for dates of regular classes held in:
Hamilton at Lions Cancer Lodge
Thames at Richmond Villas
Pinc and Steel
Helping people affected by cancer through physical rehabilitation.
See website to register for a programme or find a physio, various locations in the Waikato.
There is currently no government health funding for cancer rehabilitation services. he New Zealand Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Foundation has a limited amount of funding to support people experiencing some hardship related to their cancer treatment. The funding is for one on one personalised cancer rehabilitation sessions with a certified cancer rehab Physiotherapist.
Waikato Treasure Chests
Breast cancer survivor and supporter dragon boat team. The Waikato Treasure Chests offers a great opportunity for survivors and supporters to network and share experiences as well as gain strength and benefit from exercise.
Breast Screen Aotearoa
Free breast screening for women aged between 45-69 years is provided by the national breast screening programme.
The aim of breast screening is to detect very small cancers before a lump can be found in the breast. Early detection and treatment means the best chance of survival.
Telephone to make an appointment 0800 270 200 or to sign up go to website www.timetoscreen.nz/breast-screening
Breast Screen Aotearoa also assesses women who have been recalled after a regular screening mammogram. If you have been recalled but aren't sure about your appointment details, please get in touch with your local Breast Screen clinic. In the Waikato, this is the Breast Care Centre Waikato Hospital telephone 07 8343665.
Breast Screen Aotearoa doesn't assess lumps or other symptoms, so it's best to contact your GP and make an appointment if you're concerned about a breast symptom or a new, unusual change.If they feel you need further tests, they will refer you to a breast clinic.
Health eating during cancer treatment is essential to help you cope with the stress of treatments. If you would like to receive nutritional care and advice, ask your doctor for referral to a dietitian.
See cancer society website for eating well during cancer treatment
For nipple repigmentation and 3D nipples for women after mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Tattooist is Debbie Casson and is a breast cancer survivor.
Debbie works from;
Tristram Clinic, 200 Collingwood St, Hamilton
P. 07 838 1035
13 Corriedale Lane, West Melton, Selwyn, Canterbury
Taylor’d Med Spa, 288Taieri Road, Waikari, Dunedin
M. 027 438 3329
Nipple tattoo following breast reconstruction. Tattooist Deb Swan is a registered nurse who has worked as a breast care nurse. Her clinic is in Cambridge.
M. 027 296 8289
Sarah Hardy Permanent Make-up
Sarah is Auckland based and works from:
Sarah Hardy Permanent Makeup
16 Wharf Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland, 1011
P. 021 760 827
Sarah is UK trained and offers nipple tattooing for $50.
Breast Prosthesis & Bra Fitting Specialists
Te Awa at The Base, Maahanga Drive, Te Rapa, Hamilton
P. 07 849 2662
56 Pembroke St, Hamilton
P. 07 838 0606
Michelle is Auckland based and regularly comes to Hamilton to do fittings at Astra Motor Lodge or in patient homes.
Breastcare Fitting Consultant
P. 8088 882 892
M. 027 260 0812
Robyn Haines, mobile breast care fitter offering a professional and personalised in-home fitting service of breast care products to women throughout the Auckland, Coromandel and Waikato regions.
M. 027 249 0862
Knits soft knitted prosthesis for post op (or longer) wear. Knits to cup size from AA through to D (can do E cup size on request)
Uses acrylic wool as some wools can cause a skin reaction.
Contact name and details pending.