25 September 2019

Experts to host breast reconstruction awareness event

An awareness day for women considering breast reconstruction surgery following treatment for breast cancer or to reduce their risk of cancer is being held by experts from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

It will be the second BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day the Trust has organised after the first one proved a great success.

It is open to anyone who would like to find out more about breast reconstruction. This may be women who have undergone, or are facing, a mastectomy.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS trust is the leading centre for breast reconstruction surgery in South Yorkshire and beyond.

The event is free and will take place from 7pm-9pm on Thursday, 17th October at the Rutland Hotel, Sheffield.

To book a place, please visit the Eventbrite page (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breast-reconstruction-awareness-event-tickets-70257910301?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete).

The event will include:

• Short educational seminars on the different types of breast reconstruction from an expert panel, including consultant surgeons and specialist nurses

• The opportunity to meet ladies who have undergone breast reconstruction surgery, with one-to-one show and tell sessions showing real surgery results

• Information regarding nipple reconstruction and areolar tattooing

• Scar management information and product demonstrations

• Display and advice on post-surgery lingerie/underwear/swimwear

• Question and answer session

One of the women who attended last year’s event was Jo-Anne Outram, 58, of Barnsley, who was considering reconstructive surgery following her treatment for breast cancer.

She said: “It was very informative. At the time I was not sure if I wanted the reconstruction operation or not, but when I had the chance to meet some of the women who had had it done, that really helped me to decide that it was the right thing for me and that I wanted to go for it.

“The women were amazing, and the opportunity to speak to them, and hear from the doctors and nurses, answered all my questions and calmed any fears. I have since had reconstructive surgery on my left breast and I am very happy with the results.

“I would definitely recommend attending this event to anyone who is thinking about reconstructive surgery and would like more information.”

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.”

If you would like more information, please email info@keepingabreast.org.uk.  

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