Breast Care Nurse Service
Breast Care Nurses support men and women with breast cancer.
As Breast Care Nurses we provide a holistic approach to a person’s psychological, emotional and physical health during their breast cancer experience.
We provide support from diagnosis through to survivorship or disease progression. We aim to provide a personalised and coordinated approach to every individual person’s care. The Breast Care Nurses also support the families of those who are affected by breast cancer.
The Breast Care Nurse Service is available to all patients with breast cancer within our public hospitals in CQ Health and the two private hospitals in Rockhampton.
We also provide support to those who have had their treatments in Brisbane or other cities on their return home.
We care for rural and remote patients as far away as Longreach. Where possible, we help these patients access services closer to home by arranging telehealth appointments with their specialists. This means the patient doesn't need to travel to Rockhampton.
We provide consultations at key treatment phases which include:
- Before surgery
- After surgery
- Follow-up appointments/phone calls
- during treatment and once treatment is completed (as needed).
The Breast Care Nurse ensures the patient receives:
- clarification around diagnosis
- care after surgery
- practical support
- psychosocial care
- education and
- provision of information, care co-ordination and timely referrals to support agencies.
Referral to our service is easy. We encourage patients, Specialists, General Practitioners, nursing staff or the patients themselves to phone our service.