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Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN)

May 2005

A Newsletter for breast cancer survivors and the community


Volunteers Wanted for New CBCN Committees

Join one of the three new CBCN National Advisory Committees

-Young women with breast cancer

-Rural, remote and Northern women and men living with breast cancer

-Women living with advanced, recurrent and metastatic breast cancer

For more information, or to join a committee, contact Chantale Lavoie, CBCN National Networking Project Coordinator, at or call 1-800-685-8820, ext. 223.

Project LEAD

Project LEAD is an intensive breast cancer training program organized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition (Washington, DC) that enables women living with breast cancer to fully participate on peer review committees. The next session is in Minneapolis, MN from August 3-7, 2005. Please note that the deadline to submit an application to CBCN is June 3, 2005. CBCN encourages the participation of young women with breast cancer; women with advanced, recurrent or metastatic breast cancer; and women with breast cancer living in rural, remote and Northern areas. CBCN will cover participants' airfare, hotel and other costs related to Project LEAD. Please note that Project LEAD participants will be expected to serve on peer review panels/committees. For more information, please contact Chantale Lavoie at 1-800-685-8820 ext. 223, or by e-mail at


Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) Teleconference and WebCast:

"Breast Cancer Update: Latest Data As Presented At ASCO 2005"

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is hosting their annual meeting from May 13-17, 2005. This is the largest oncology meeting in the world and is considered to be the premier educational and scientific event in the oncology community. As a result, a great deal of significant data relating to breast cancer research and treatment is released annually at ASCO.

As a service to our members, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is hosting a teleconference and webcast on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, from 7:00–8:30 pm EST, entitled "Breast Cancer Update: Latest data as presented at ASCO 2005". During this teleconference and webcast, a leading Canadian medical oncologist will walk through the latest data to help our members better understand the findings from ASCO 2005.

This teleconference and webcast is free of charge, sponsored through an unrestricted educational grant from AstraZeneca Canada. To register, please call 1-866-590-0914 or email Once registered, you will be informed how to take part and how to submit your questions.

Lymphedema Webcast Workshop Replay

CBCN offered a lymphedema workshop, facilitated by Judy Bedell, a lymphedema educator for Breast Cancer Action Ottawa. Judy has developed and delivered many lymphedema workshops in which participants learn the facts about lymphedema, self-monitoring tools, lifestyle recommendations, how you can make a difference for others, where to go for help, and exercises to delay the onset or manage lymphedema.

Until September 8, 2005, a replay of the workshop can be accessed on the CBCN's website at

CBCN Consultations

The CBCN hosted three national consultations in March and April: Young women with breast cancer; Women with advanced, recurrent and metastatic breast cancer; and Rural, remote and Northern women with breast cancer.

Summaries of these consultations will be available in the June issue of Outreach. Also watch for the Spring issue of Network News which will feature information and photos from the Young women's consultation, which took place on March 12-13, 2005.

In the Spotlight

More information on the following conferences is available on the CBCN website Bulletin Boards at

Participants Sought For "Qualitative study to examine the service and support needs of women with breast cancer in Ontario"

Breast Care in Ontario is currently recruiting women with young children (i.e. children 12 or under) and caregivers for focus groups and would like your assistance. There is an honorarium of $30 for participation. The study is being conducted province-wide, so the researcher is willing to travel to conduct the groups. To get involved, contact: Tina Sahay, Lead Researcher, Breast Care in Ontario, Telephone: 416 588-4386.

National Denim Day. Tuesday, May 10, 2005. Presented by The Cure Foundation. Companies' employees across Canada join together in wearing denim and/or a "pink flower ribbon" for a donation to the CURE Foundation. CURE offers a Dress for CURE Kit, including posters and enrolment materials. To register, or for more information, contact The Cure Foundation at: or 1-888-592-CURE (2873). If you have missed National Denim Day on Tuesday, May 10th, please call the CURE Foundation toll free at 1-888-592-2873 for suggestions on how you can still participate.

CBCRA's 4th Scientific Conference: Reasons for Hope, New developments in breast cancer research. May 6-8, 2006, Montreal QC. For more information: Susan Wall, 416-596-6598 x313,

World Conference on Breast Cancer. June 8-12, 2005. Halifax, NS.

Canadian Breast Cancer Network Website:

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