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The psychological impact of a diagnosis of early breast cancer
Free online webcast
Event date and time:
Wednesday 17 June 2020 | 7.00 – 7.45 pm (AEST)
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 WebcastA diagnosis of early breast cancer can be devastating and can trigger several adverse reactions and responses. Many experience a range of emotions including stress, sadness, fear and anger. It can also bring various challenges, including:
Kirsten Pilatti, CEO BCNA
Kirsten Pilatti was appointed CEO in March 2018. She has an exceptional understanding of the cancer sector having spent over a decade at BCNA and five years at Cancer Council Victoria. Highly regarded for her passion and focus on Australian women and men who have been affected by breast cancer, she is committed to giving everyone a voice and reducing the disparity of care across the country. Born and raised in Western Australia, Kirsten lives in Melbourne with her partner and two sons.
Charlotte Tottman, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Charlotte Tottman is a psycho oncologist; a clinical psychologist specialising in the treatment of cancer-related distress. Charlotte completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University.
Charlotte works with cancer patients and their family members and carers, at all stages of their cancer experience; on diagnosis, during and after treatment, when facing mortality, and afterwards. She consults with both adults and children. Charlotte is an Editor for the Cancer Council of Australia, a sometimes lecturer at the School of Psychology at Flinders University, and works closely with CanTeen, Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), Ovarian Cancer Australia and the McGrath Foundation.
She regularly presents to cancer forums as an expert in Psycho-Oncology.Charlotte has her own cancer story. Several years after setting up her private practice in psycho oncology, she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Jodie Lydeker, consumer
At 40, Jodie Lydeker was diagnosed with early breast cancer not long after moving interstate, starting a new job and contemplating options for motherhood. Despite nearly 12 months of treatment, Jodie’s greatest challenges were overcoming grief and loss following breakdowns of relationships and an unrecognisable self-reflection. Two years on, Jodie’s ‘emotional hangover’ has inspired a new career path, a new perspective, and a new appreciation for life.
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