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‘Sea of Pink’ for breast cancer research

Guy Hazlewood    April 8, 2024    2 min read   
Brookwater mum and breast cancer survivor Maria Jenner, left, with Mater Cancer Care Centre nurse unit manager Billy Jovanovic. Image: Josh Woning / Mater.

Less than 12 months ago Brookwater mum Maria Jenner was handed a shock breast cancer diagnosis – and underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy to fight the disease.

Maria’s story

After discovering a hard lump measuring about 3cm in her left breast last April, Maria Jenner was diagnosed with stage two HER2 positive breast cancer, a fast-growing form of invasive breast cancer affecting one in five women.

“I was kind of prepared for the news but definitely upset when I found out I had breast cancer – I am the first one in our family to be diagnosed with the disease,” she said.

“Having access to cancer treatment close to home was also very beneficial during my recovery.”

Ms Jenner said that, thanks to the support from her 12-year-old daughter Penina, family, friends, and colleagues, a positive attitude helped her get through several months of intensive chemotherapy treatment.

Significant strides

Ms Mullen said the walk provides a platform to engage with the wider community, to raise funds, and honour those affected by breast cancer – a disease that will ultimately affect 1 in 7 women in Australia.

“I am hopeful that through this event, we can make significant strides towards advancing breast cancer research, improving patient outcomes, and ultimately finding a cure,” Ms Mullen said.

“By having open and honest conversations about breast cancer, we can break down stigmas, encourage early detection through regular screening, and promote access to comprehensive care and support services.”

Mater Cancer Care Centre Nurse Unit Manager Billy Jovanovic said Mater Private Hospital Springfield had more than 1,000 patients actively in treatment, including immune therapy, monoclonal antibodies, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and supportive or palliative care.

Ms Jovanovic said fundraising was crucial to help find a cure for breast cancer.

“Thanks to advancements in research, there have been treatments available to breast cancer patients with minimal side effects,” she said.

“Research absolutely makes a difference and Mater is known for what we do in this space – community support is always crucial.”

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Guy Hazlewood