For someone facing breast cancer, not only are you dealing with the emotion of your diagnosis which can include anxiety about body, health, relationships and finances, menopause or menopause symptoms can bring their own stresses, like the uncertainty of ageing, fertility issues, and the uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms.
In this seminar Associate Professor Lesley Stafford will discuss what psychological support and self-care options there are for dealing with menopausal symptoms.
Prevalence of psychological and emotional problems with menopausal symptoms.
Menopausal symptoms and mental health.
Normalizing thoughts and fears around these.
Self-care strategies to manage these.
How to access psychological support.
Discussion about CBT and menopausal management.
Associate Professor Lesley Stafford
Clinical Psychologist - Breast Cancer
Associate Professor Lesley Stafford is a clinical psychologist who works predominantly with women diagnosed with breast cancer and women considered at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. She is a Principal Fellow in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Lesley's research interests focus on understanding, and intervening in, the psychosocial factors contributing to the burden of disease associated with breast and gynaecological cancer. She has a strong interest in translating research into clinical practice.
Emily is a Specialist Breast Care Nurse with Breast Cancer Care WA.