Living well with metastatic breast cancer

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Event date and time: 

Held on Wednesday 20 May 2020 | 7.00 – 7.45 pm (AEST) 

Local times: 

WA: 5.00 – 5.45 pm 

NT, SA: 6.30 – 7.15 pm 

QLD, ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC: 7.00 – 7.45 pm 

About the Webinar

Metastatic breast cancer, also referred to as Stage IV breast cancer is when cancer cells have spread from the original cancer site in the breast to another part of the body. It’s not curable but there are treatments that can help manage it and importantly provide a good quality of life. Living with the demands of lifelong treatment and the physical and emotional burden this may bring are the challenges people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer face, on a daily basis. Many people with metastatic breast cancer are also living with a compromised immune system as a result of the cancer and its treatment. In this webcast, Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) will delve deeper into the challenges around living with metastatic breast cancer including managing stress, uncertainty and anxiety.


Vicki Durston, Director Advocacy and Policy BCNA

Vicki Durston has recently been appointed to BCNA in 2020 as Director Policy and Advocacy. She has spent close to 3 decades in public and private health care specialising in cancer care, as a nurse leader building effective partnerships, bringing about strategic operational and performance innovation to achieve success. Vicki has been an investigator in many research studies and was pivotal in bringing scalp cooling to one of the largest health care facilities treating breast cancer in Melbourne. Vicki is a sessional lecturer at Monash University and is a member of the executive special practice network for Breast Cancer at CNSA. She is known for her commitment towards continual improvement of the consumer experience and is thrilled to be part of the BCNA team.


Michelle White, Medical Oncologist, MBBS GDipPallMed FRACP

Dr. Michelle White is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She completed her training through the Victorian Medical Oncology Training Group in Melbourne before completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine. She now specializes in treating women diagnosed with breast cancer at Monash and Cabrini Hospitals. 

Dr White is the lead investigator for a number of local research studies and is involved in the development and conduct of clinical trials. She is a member of the Breast Cancer Trial Group. She has published a number of research papers and abstracts, many of which have been presented at national conferences. 

She is a member of the steering committee for the development of Breast Cancer Services at Cabrini Brighton.

Gill Kruss,

Metastatic breast cancer nurse practitioner

Gill is currently working at Monash Health as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialising in the care of those with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Gill has been nursing for over twenty-five years in various oncology, clinical trials, breast cancer, and palliative care settings. She has completed her Bachelor of Nursing, two post graduate diplomas (Gerontology and Oncology/Palliative Care Nursing) and a Masters of NP and is now undertaking a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course. She is a member of the Australian College of NP’s; the Australasian Society for Breast Disease; the Victorian Palliative Care NP Collaborative (VPCNPC); the Victorian Oncology NP Community of Practice (VONPCoP); and the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia’s Cancer NP Specialist Practice Network (CNPSPN), with Committee roles in the latter two collaborative groups.

Katrina, Consumer

I currently work in Melbourne, within the Costume Department, in the Film and Television industry. I’ve worked as a Designer and Supervisor but mostly work now as a Costume Buyer. I learned on the job as an Assistant Designer and Buyer with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, then moved to Sydney to work in film. I also used to be a dancer as a young woman and have lived in Italy studying life drawing and fine art. 

I live with my partner and our two children, one in high school and one in primary. 

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2011 where I had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy before going on to a hormonal treatment. Then I was re-diagnosed in late 2016 with Advanced Breast Cancer where I underwent radiotherapy, hormonal treatments, and chemotherapy. 

I am navigating my way through life, intent on including all the best things I enjoy whilst managing the complexities of having to deal with this disease.

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