The time had come. After months of indecision about what type of mastectomy I wanted, it was time to go to hospital. The alarm went off at the crack of dawn and Dermot and I nervously got up and got dressed. We were both ready for the bike leg of my breast cancer triathlon. Read More…
So chemo is over, and I've had a month to get ready for my surgery. It's a very strange place to be - wondering whether I've made the right decision about what operation to have, and still not believing that chemo is finally over. The side effects were slowly wearing off, and my taste was getting back to normal. Sadly, tea tasted awful, and I really missed the routine and ritual of making tea, and Dermot bringing me a cup of tea in the morning. Read More…
Helping a patient decide whether to have a reconstruction following a mastectomy can be incredibly challenging, for a variety of reasons. There are things that the patient can control, and those she can't. As a breast surgeon, making a decision for myself was a particular challenge.
There are two main types of reconstruction. One is to use an implant
to replace the breast tissue. The other is to use a woman's own tissue, for example, a muscle on her back (LD flap
) or inner thigh (TUG flap
), or the fat on the lower part of her tummy (DIEP flap
), sometimes combined with an implant. Read More…
What is a breast?
Now don’t look at me as if I’m mad. It’s a valid question, and one that I thought I knew the answer to.
I’ve spent three of my final 6 years training as a surgeon focusing purely on breast surgery, learning how to treat breast disease, from harmless to serious, and how to operate, reshape and reconstruct a breast and a nipple. Read More…