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Breast reconstruction Awareness Day

If you've had breast cancer, or were recently diagnosed with it, the breast reconstruction specialists at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust invite you to a virtual event they're hosting early next month.

The NHS has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Like NHS Trusts nationally, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is facing pressures on some services following the need to pause activity to focus efforts on responding to the Pandemic.

While all services have now restarted, the Trust recognises that some patients continue to experience a delay or a longer waiting time than expected to access some services. Healthcare professionals are working hard to reduce these waits and improve the experience for patients locally.

As part of this improvement work, this virtual event is a chance to meet the team that will care for you, should you need breast reconstruction.  There will be lot of information about the service, the options available, plus a chance to ask questions.  It will take place on Saturday, 7th November, 2020, from 9.00am - 11.00am,

Three of the Trust's breast reconstruction consultant surgeons will be joined by other members of their specialist team, including a support nurse and Macmillan information facilitator, Susan Remillard, and Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist, Melanie Jones. Only they will be visible and you'll be able to submit any questions you have in writing during the event - protecting your privacy.

Consultant surgeon, Mr Tom Collin, said, "Every year more than 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. Outcomes for patients with breast cancer are improving all the time and treatment options are increasingly sophisticated. Just over 80% of patients have surgery as part of their treatment and, of those, just under half (43%) have a mastectomy.  We are interested in helping anyone who has had surgery for breast cancer who has an asymmetry; whether that is from a mastectomy or from a wide local excision or a lumpectomy.

"We want to inform patients, so they can understand what's involved, ask any questions they may have and, hopefully, feel reassured.  We want to support patients through what can understandably be an anxious time."

To find out more about this free event, email: haitham.khashaba@nhs.net.  Please register in advance using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aSd07DiFRSeb5QZq57LEiQ

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Published 14th October 2020

 

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital