Breast cancer is the number one cancer that affects women in the UK. Around 50,000 women and 390 men per year are diagnosed with the disease (Cancer Research UK). A breast cancer diagnosis can be life-changing, and whilst the treatment can have a profound effect on physical health, it can also have an impact on […]
The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world beyond recognition. The way we live our lives has been impacted in ways that nobody could have imagined. The most normal of activities such as going to work, shopping for food, going to the gym, walking in the park are either forbidden or curtailed. The basic of human
If you have been recommended to have a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast) as part of breast cancer surgery treatment, then you should be offered the choice of having breast reconstruction. Some women may not choose to have any form of breast reconstruction and opt out to have a simple mastectomy i.e. go flat.
When you have surgery, you may need to to have a surgical drain placed within the surgical site. This drain normally comes out through the skin. But what is a surgical drain? And specifically, if you have breast surgery, do you need to have one? What is a surgical drain? If you have had a
The word lumpectomy literally means ‘removal of lump’. In the context of breast cancer, a breast lumpectomy means removal of the cancerous lump. A lumpectomy is also referred to as a ‘wide local excision’ (WLE) and it also falls under the term breast conservation surgery (BCS). However, some breast cancers do not present as lumps
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of the entire breast. It derives from the Greek word mastos meaning “breast” and ektomia meaning “a cutting of”. Why have I been recommended to have a mastectomy? There are different reasons why a mastectomy is recommended as a treatment option. It is usually determined by the tumour size,