"Breast cancer diagnosis and care"

About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital / Breast surgery

(as the patient),

I live in Sheffield and in March this year I found a breast lump. I made an appointment to see my GP. The doctor was very calm and caring during the consultation. She referred me to the Hallamshire Hospital Surgical Dept. I had an appointment 2 weeks later. After the initial appointment at the Hallamshire and tests it was confirmed a week later at the follow-up appointment that I had cancer. My Consultant Dr Chandran was fantastic. She explained all the treatment options and I was given 2 days to discuss the options with family and make a decision. 2 days later I met with my dedicated breast nurse Alison Gray who went through all the options again and we discussed the decision I had made. The following week I was called by the hospital who rang to say they had a cancellation and did I want to have my surgery 4 days later. I went in on Thursday, had a mastectomy and left the hospital on Saturday. Whilst in hospital I stayed on a ward that was mainly full of ladies with breast issues. The staff on the ward were fantastic. They explained what they were doing, why, any potential problems that may occur but mainly they had time to talk if needed.

I have spoken to my breast nurse numerous times since leaving hospital, she calls regularly to check that I am ok. She has discussed with me all aspects of having cancer including the associated feelings and she is always reassuring that what I am feeling is normal.

I was given the all clear and did not require any further surgical treatment so six months later I went into hospital to have reconstructive surgery. My consultant and breast nurse have been so supportive throughout this whole experience. I could not have wished for or got better care.

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