Post-mastectomy surgery provides a lifeline
Anne Beresford, 60, from Windsor.
In February 2010, Anne was told she had breast cancer and would need surgery. Anne's breast was too small, and the tumours too oddly shaped, for it to be treated with anything less than a full mastectomy.
Her consultant advised that although she could have an immediate reconstruction after her mastectomy, it would be wise to delay until they were sure she would not need any radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Thankfully, this treatment wasn't required and, later that year, Anne met with Tony Armstrong, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Parapet Breast Clinic - a dedicated service attached to the hospital in Windsor.
Together they discussed the range of reconstructive options available. Mr Armstrong confirmed that Anne would be able to have a microsurgical and pedicled flap procedure, and they would also be able to augment her other breast in order for her to feel balanced. This reconstruction took place a few months later, in February 2011, just a year after she was first diagnosed with cancer.
Anne says: "I didn't think there was anything unusual about the fact that I was referred to a plastic surgeon, but subsequently I've discovered that this is more the exception than the rule. As far as the plastic surgeon is concerned, I have lost a part of my body and they consider it an absolute right for me to have it replaced as soon as possible. This should absolutely be the case. The fact that women don't get automatically referred is shocking."
"My results are fantastic - I'm amazed by the quality of the outcome. The reconstructed breast is almost the same size as the new implant on the other side, and I will have perfect symmetry in a bra. I feel absolutely delighted."
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