Bilingual resources for women with metastatic breast cancer

Bilingual resources for women with metastatic breast cancer is a series of six short videos featuring Marie, who comes from a Greek-speaking background. Marie has been diagnosed and treated for metastatic breast cancer. In these videos, Marie tells the story of her diagnosis and treatment in her own words and in her own language, with English subtitles.

Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that women in Greek-speaking communities have a high rate of incidences of breast cancer and are more likely to report themselves as speaking English “not well” or “not at all”.

Many of these women reported feeling scared and isolated after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and often had difficulty accessing appropriate information about the kinds of treatment and support available to them and their families. In addition to this, many women said they felt unsupported by their communities when they revealed they had breast cancer due to cultural myths and misinformation about breast cancer in their communities.

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) commissioned the series to focus on the experience of living with metastatic breast cancer. The project manager was Riki Long.

Watch all 6 videos of Marie talking about metastatic breast cancer

The project was funded by Cancer Australia as part of their community education program on metastatic breast cancer.

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