Breast Cancer Stories


Breast Cancer Stories | ST consistently strives to improve the lives of the 18,000 Australian women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. As a company, we are committed to finding new therapies that can make a difference to these women and their families. We never forget that there is a person behind every statistic - a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. All of these women have their own stories and we are honored when they share them with our people. Here's an insight into some of the people who inspire our professional lives every day.

Stories and Articles

TAILORx explained: The Australian Perspective |  Prominent Australian oncologist Richard de Boer discusses the landmark TAILORx study, which investigated the Oncotype DX breast cancer assay.

Oncotype Story: Deb |  Deb Force was diagnosed with breast cancer after routine screening. While she could not feel a lump, doctors discovered a large, 45 mm tumour. Despite the size of her tumour, Deb was hopeful she could avoid chemotherapy.

Oncotype Story: Susie |  Mother of three, Susie Nassour, was diagnosed with breast cancer just days before her 50th birthday. She had a 25 mm tumour and cancer was detected in one of her lymph nodes. She was keen to avoid chemotherapy, if possible.

Jane O’Brien discusses the Oncotype DX breast cancer assay |  Respected Australian breast surgeon Jane O’Brien discusses the Oncotype DX breast cancer assay. She explains how it works and who might benefit from this innovative breast cancer test.

Tenacious Women |  Meet Wilma, Keryn and Teresa - three ‘Tenacious Women’ who have all boldly and bravely faced a diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer. This form of breast cancer presents without any of the three hormone receptors commonly found on breast cancer cells – the oestrogen, progesterone and HER2 receptors.

Live for Today |  Paula Beevor was just 39 and the mother of three teenage children when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery, radiation therapy and hormone therapy, followed by anti-hormone therapy, she was quietly confident she had beaten the disease. So confident, that she made a life-changing decision to move to Australia from the United Kingdom.

Meet Keryn Barnett |  45 year old Keryn Barnett never really knew what she wanted to do with her life in terms of a career. While always employed, she was missing what she thought was her true calling. It was only after being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in late 2014 and her subsequent treatment, that the answer finally dawned.

Time to Travel |  After being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer at 39, mother of two Wilma La Greca underwent genetic testing and found that she carried the BRCA2 gene – a genetic mutation that had placed her at higher risk of cancer.

Oncotype Story: Mary |  Mary Miras was vigilant about regular breast self examination. After discovering a lump, it turned out to be a 27 mm, grade 3 tumour. Cancer cells were also found in one of the lymph nodes under her arm. However, she was keen to avoid chemotherapy, if her doctor thought this was safe.

Oncotype Story: Wendy |  59 year old Wendy Dunstone felt fitter than she had ever been when diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015. Like many other women, she was keen to avoid chemotherapy – particularly because she had seen the impact of this treatment on a close relative.

A Partner's Perspective |  Phil Stowe is a husband, father and farmer. He was devastated when his wife Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer “about 14 years ago”, but was inspired by her resilience. At the time, both worked for the iconic company Mars Chocolate, which is based in the regional city of Ballarat. At the same time, they were running a farm and raising three children.

Doing it All |  Anne Mawhirt was 49, the mother of teenage children and a busy science teacher when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. By the time she realised she had a breast lump, her cancer had spread to her bones, her liver and lungs.

About Dragons Abreast |  Being able to do all those things in the company of others who have travelled the same path helps to restore the confidence, the spark and the sense of adventure needed to permit a full and active life, despite the breast cancer. That’s a great time to investigate Dragons Abreast Australia!

Breast Cancer Myths |  These Breast Cancer Myths have been republished with permission from the Breast Cancer Research Centre in Western Australia. This information comes directly from specialists at the organisation, as a direct response to frequently heard misconceptions.

Reflecting on Breast Cancer and Palliative Care |  Dr Ranjana Srivastava is a medical oncologist, accomplished author, wife, mother and Fulbright Scholar. She says caring for patients at all stages of their breast cancer journey is “inspiring and deeply satisfying”.

An Enduring Legacy |  Melbourne based high flyer Shelli Whitehurst was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer and given just 12 months to live. Within weeks of her diagnosis, she established a business called Kit for Cancer. She knew the business would outlive her, but was determined to leave an enduring legacy.

Inspired Research |  Professor Arlene Chan is an Australian medical oncologist who is passionate, driven and determined to make a difference to the lives of 17,500 Australian women diagnosed every year with breast cancer. A principal investigator on more than 80 clinical trials, she is constantly striving to find better answers and new therapies for all women confronted with the disease.