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
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: email@example.com.
Please register in advance using the following link:
'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.'
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