‘No two cancer experiences are the same’: Bloomhill nurse

We caught up with highly skilled Client Care Clinical Nurse, Rochelle Osgood, for a Q&A to find out about breast cancer and how she helps Bloomhill clients

Q: Is breast cancer common?

A: Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, and currently affects one in eight Sunshine Coast women under the age of 80.

That’s approximately 436 women diagnosed every year on the Sunshine Coast.    

Statistics show that almost 92 per cent of Sunshine Coast people diagnosed with breast cancer survive at five years after diagnosis. Most are living cancer-free well beyond this time.

Bloomhill Cancer Care is a wonderful place, it helps people of the Sunshine Coast to live well during and beyond their cancer treatment. 

I started at Bloomhill in January 2017 and have been here in a part-time capacity ever since. I am an oncology clinical nurse and case manage, support and navigate people and their families through a cancer experience. I also work part time as a Breast Care Nurse at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. 

Q: What are your qualifications?

A: I have a Bachelor of Nursing from Edith Cowan University and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing through the University of Notre Dame, both in Western Australia.

Q: What do you do at Bloomhill?

A: I see people at various stages of their cancer diagnosis – around the time of their diagnosis, during active treatment, into survivorship and some through secondary or terminal cancer. No two cancer experiences are the same, so I tailor my care to each individual person’s needs.

Q: How do you help breast cancer clients?

A: Approximately 40 per cent of Bloomhill’s client population are receiving or have received treatment for breast cancer, and I see many of these clients.

For some people, their greatest need is information provision.

I may need to delve into their diagnosis to help them understand their prognosis and what this means for them, discuss their treatment plan, and help them form questions they may wish to ask their treating team.

For others it might be practical or psychosocial support or symptom management if they are receiving treatment.

Some people may need help and guidance having difficult conversations with their partners, children, friends or colleagues and others may wish to learn how to live well with their cancer diagnosis.  

Q: What’s unique about Bloomhill Cancer Care?

A: Bloomhill services are unique in that we offer a place of comfort and a beautiful setting where people are able to be completely vulnerable with health professionals and therapists who have empathy, compassion, understanding and the knowledge and skills to make a difference in a person’s cancer experience. 

We are also able to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for integrative cancer care, so that our clients can access their nurse as well as the allied health team who provide counselling, exercise physiology and dietetics and complimentary therapies and a range of group activities.

Q: Does breast cancer affect men too?

A: Yes, it does, the disease doesn’t discriminate - men too can be diagnosed.

In 2020 we predict that 170 men in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

It is important for ALL PEOPLE to be breast aware and pay attention to any changes in their breast and seek medical attention if they do. 

Q: What do you love about your job?

A: Working at Bloomhill is very different to working in a clinical setting.

I love the holistic care that the whole  team I work with provides.

I love that I have the ability to spend time with my clients to address their needs, often sharing very personal and private concerns.  I also love the location that this beautiful property is set on, it’s a joy to work here.

Bloomhill is a unique place, place and I encourage anyone dealing with a diagnosis to come and see us.