2 October 2018

Awareness event to inform women of options for breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery

Women who are considering reconstructive breast surgery following breast cancer are invited to an information event at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which will include the opportunity to meet and talk to previous patients.

The Trust is the leading centre for breast reconstruction surgery in South Yorkshire and also treats women from outside the region.

The event will take place on Tuesday 16th October 2018, 7-9pm, at the Surgical Outpatients Department, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

If you would like to book a place please email:

The event will include:

• A Q&A session with an expert panel including consultant plastic, breast and oncoplastic surgeons and clinical nurse specialists.

• An opportunity to meet women who have had reconstructive surgery following breast cancer.

• Short educational seminars on breast reconstruction with implants or the patient’s own tissue (autologous reconstruction), and nipple reconstruction.

• Demonstrations of products that reduce the appearance of scarring.

 • Manufacturer of post-mastectomy wear will attend to show post-surgical underwear, fashion and swimwear. There will also be a free bra fitting and advice service.

• Keeping Abreast Portrait Exhibition. This is a collection of professionally taken portraits of women most of whom have undergone breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

One of the patients who will be attending is Pam McNeil, of Beighton, Sheffield, who underwent reconstructive surgery at the Royal Hallamshire in 2016.

Pam, 65, had a full mastectomy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram. During the same surgery, a new breast was constructed out of tissue taken from her tummy in a procedure called a TRAM flap.

She also subsequently had her nipple reconstructed using nipple tissue from her other breast and specialist tattooing techniques.

She said she benefitted from the advice of a friend who had had partial reconstruction surgery, and wanted women to be aware of the options.

She said: “My friend was able to give me some insight into what it was like, and I was able to look at pictures of other women who had had surgery, and it was up to me to make the decision.

“I had to decide whether I would rather have no breast, or a reconstruction. I was very happy with the outcome. In fact, I was in awe of how good it looks. Because the breast was removed and reconstructed in one surgery, I was never without a breast so in that sense I didn’t feel any different.

“I don’t mind talking to other women about it and showing them what it looks like, because it is different to just looking at pictures.”

Teresa Pole, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, said: “The objective of the awareness event is to make sure women who are eligible for breast reconstruction surgery following cancer, or are considering surgery to reduce the risk of cancer, are aware of their options and are as well-informed as possible.

“Providing ladies with the opportunity to meet previous patients who have already completed their reconstructive journey is a very important, insightful opportunity and we are so proud to be able to offer this experience.”


Picture: Patient Pam McNeil

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