"Breast Cancer Nightmare"

About: Manor Hospital / Breast surgery

(as the patient),

Basically I have a 1cm grade 1 breast cancer, I have undergone 2 operations where the surgeon has basically removed a 3rd of my breast and left me looking disfigured.

This all started in January. I now discover in July that the cancer is still there, they have operated twice and removed the wrong part of the breast. I have been told that they would need to operate again to remove it and if that operation didn't go right or the clearance was not good enough I would need another operation then because I would be left with hardly anything.

I would want a reconstruction operation, so I am now being referred to City Hospital to have a mastectomy and reconstruction with means an 8 hour operation where muscle would be taken from my back then put in my breast. I will be in hospital for 6 days not able to do anything for 6 weeks then spend months recovering.

Apparently the new breast would be higher than my existing one but I have been told that I could also have surgery on my other breast to make it look like the new one. I just cannot believe what they have done to me. The surgeon has confirmed that I have a tiny 1 cm grade 1 cancer that they believe is not in danger of spreading etc so how has it come to this?

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Response from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Hello, we're sorry to hear about your experience at the Trust. We also understand that you are currently talking to our Patient Relations Team, hopefully they have been able to look into this for you.

You can speak to Patient Relations either via patientrelations@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk or calling 01922 656463.

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