About Breast Cancer Support Northland

About Our Group

In 1980, Betty Morgan formed a Breast Cancer support group in Whangarei, which then became a Charitable Trust in 2007.


Our Aim

Our Aim is that every person in Northland diagnosed with Breast Cancer receives the support they need.


When ladies are first diagnosed with Breast Cancer, our specially trained volunteer visitor will contact them and support them through their journey.


We also run fortnightly coffee groups, subsidise Pilate classes, have a facebook page with up to date happenings and run a private facebook forum specifically for those who have or have had a breast cancer diagnosis to chat and support each other.


All of our Breast Cancer Support Northland trustees are volunteers. Thank you to all who have supported our community by supporting us.


Our Trustees



Our Patron

In August 2018 we welcomed Mr Rajesh (Raj) Patel to the Trust as our Patron.  Raj is a New Zealand trained general surgeon specialising in oncoplastic breast cancer management and surgery, endocrine surgical treatment and in particular thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and melanoma surgery, including lymph node surgery. He is also trained in the wider surgical management of skin cancer, which includes squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

His sub-specialty training included:

·         Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, Calgary, Canada - specialising in parathyroid, thyroid, and adrenal diseases

·         Fellowship in Breast Surgery, Melbourne, Australia - specialising in oncoplastic breast surgery

·         Honorary Melanoma Fellow, Melbourne, Australia - specialising in melanoma and skin cancer.

Raj consults from Northland Surgical and Endoscopy in Whangarei and operates at Kensington Hospital.

Raj treats all his patients like his family, and always gives personalised, honest and specialised expert surgical care to the patients of Northland.

Raj is also fulltime at Whangarei Hospital where his practice is almost 100% cancer management and Raj has operated on over 200 cancer patients- this is an astounding 100 patients per year since Raj has been in Northland. These cancers have been mostly breast cancer and melanoma cancer. Raj is the main Melanoma surgeon at Whangarei Hospital and is one of three breast surgeons.

Within the realms of General Surgery, Raj also performs hernia, lipoma and gall bladder surgery.

Raj is a member of many surgical societies both in New Zealand and worldwide



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