"Breast Cancer and the amazing treatment received"

About: University Hospital Monklands University Hospital Wishaw / Medical Oncology West Scotland Breast Screening Centre

(as the patient),

I was recalled after a routine mammogram and, after an ultrasound and a biopsy in The Breast Clinic in Glasgow, I was slightly stunned to be told I had breast cancer. Nothing could be felt by either myself or the doctors. 

I was quickly referred to Wishaw General. To cut a long story short, I have now had 3 mammograms, 2 ultrasounds, 2 biopsies, 1 MRI, a magnetic seed implant, an injection of radioactive liquid and 2 surgeries to remove the tumour and surrounding tissue, a lymph node and then some additional breast tissue, all in the space of 3 months. 

This  took place between Wishaw and Monklands.

Staff have been beyond amazing. 

Mrs Lannigan and her team have explained everything that was to happen in the most professional, sympathetic and friendly manner. Clinic staff, Pre-assessment nurse, Radiographers, Nuclear Nurse, Cancer Nurse and Day Care staff have all, without exception, treated me in a very personal and dignified manner and not just as a statistic. Information was constantly provided, explained and questions answered.

I am terrible with names and so many people have been involved in my journey so far but I will try to name a few, with apologies for getting any wrong. 

Breast Clinic: Mrs Lannigan, Mrs Murray and Imran were wonderful, plus all the staff from reception to nurses. Kate, my awesome cancer nurse who regularly calls to check how things are going.

Day Surgery: Amy, Cheryl and many more who made my 2 surgeries as easy as possible and also provided me with much needed black coffee afterwards. 

Theatre: Tomas the wonderful anaesthetist, Tony theatre nurse and drummer, Karen and all others who assisted in theatre.

Although my journey is not over, I feel positive moving forward and am incredibly grateful to each and every person from domestic staff through to the top consultants for the superb attention and care I have received. I am  running out of superlatives to describe how much I appreciate it. Thank you.

Responses

Response from William McCutcheon, Head of Business Support, Property Support Services Division, Law House, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear LindsEK

I hope health continues to improve and that you have received great care. I will pass on you comments to the domestic staff.

Regards

William

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Response from Nicole McInally, Patient Experience and Public Involvement Manager, Patient Experience and Public Involvement Team, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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Dear LindsEK

Thank you for taking the time to share your story on Care Opinion.

It is heartening to read about the amazing care you have received from all the staff you have encountered, and your positivity is inspiring.

Best wishes

Nicole

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Response from Lynn Mack, Cancer & Haematology Service Manager, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear LindsEK

Thank you so much for taking time to give such positive feedback on Care Opinion around your recent experience. I am delighted to hear that your whole journey was timely and felt supported by everyone within the Breast Team during this time. Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment is a stressful time for patients and their families therefore the support and guidance from the team is of great value to all to help get you through each step.

I know that everyone in the team do their very best to support and guide during and after treatments and will be delighted to received such positive and supportive feedback. They will also be appreciative of you taking the time to share.

Thank you once again for taking the time to give feedback and I hope that this experience continues with you to give support and encouragement during your ongoing care and follow up.

Warmest Regards

Lynn

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