New breast cancer nurse for Lachlan Shire

New breast cancer nurse for the Lachlan Shire, Dianne Green.By Dominic Geiger

Women of the Lachlan Shire and surrounding districts now have access to a dedicated McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse following the arrival of the highly experienced Dianne Green to the region.
Based in Parkes, Dianne will provide physical, psychological and emotional support for families who are dealing with breast cancer, from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment.
Dianne said people from outside Parkes were able to call Parkes Community Health Centre to organise an appointment. “They leave a message, I get back to them and we organise a time for me to visit them,” she said.
“I also do phone support and everyone, even if they’ve been undergoing treatment for a long time, is more than welcome to contact me.”
Dianne said a large part of helping patients deal with breast cancer was providing information.
“When women are diagnosed, I provide and fit them with a free Burly Bra, they get a journey kit for when they need to get treatment and I sit down with them and explain everything I can,” she said.
“I also liaise with medical teams and coordinate the services required.
“I try to make the circumstances as [unstressful] as possible.”
A registered nurse for 22 years, Dianne said she began specialising in breast cancer when she felt she couldn’t give women suffering from the disease the correct information.
“Women would come to me who weren’t sure of their results following treatment,” she said.
“As a registered nurse, I wasn’t qualified to answer a lot of their questions, so I did a Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing in 2007 and I’m currently studying a Masters in Breast Cancer Nursing.
“I don’t think any woman should be alone [when fighting cancer].”
Dianne  also said a women’s health information day would be organised with Leonie Parker at the Condobolin Hospital in the coming weeks.
The Breast Care Van is currently in Condobolin until June 28 and can be contacted on 13 20 50.
Dianne can be contacted by calling Parkes Hospital 6841 2222 or the McGrath foundation on 8962 6100.

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