This information has been adapted for New Zealand from the Cancer Council of Victoria’s publication Breast Cancer. The Cancer Society of New Zealand gratefully acknowledges the Council’s assistance.

The Cancer Society would like to thank for their reviews, advice, and contributions:

Dr Birgit Dijkstra

Breast Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Christchurch Hospital

Dr Carol Johnson

Radiation Oncologist, Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington Hospital

Professor Bridget Robinson

Medical Oncology Service, Christchurch Hospital and School of Medicine in Christchurch

Dr David Porter

Medical Oncologist, Lead Clinician, Medical Oncology Breast Team, Auckland Regional Cancer and Blood Services

Janice Wood

Breast Nurse Specialist, Waitemata DHB Breast Service, Auckland

Associate Professor Chris Atkinson

Oncologist, St George’s Hospital, Christchurch and the Cancer Society of New Zealand’s Medical Director

Meg Biggs, Julie Holt, and Michelle Gundersen-Reid

Cancer Society Information Nurses

Sarah Stacy-Baynes

Information Manager

We also thank the women who have experienced cancer, reviewed editions, and offered many valuable suggestions.

We also thank the Cancer Society volunteers who agreed to be photographed for our booklet.


Cancer affects New Zealanders from all walks of life, and all regions of our beautiful country. This cover photo of New Zealand Bush Clematis flowers (Clematis Paniculata); Puawananga was taken by Rob Suisted.

Cancer Society of New Zealand Inc. (2011)

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