Breast cancer is now a very treatable form of cancer with Cancer Research UK reporting that 65% of women who receive a diagnosis will survive for twenty years or more and around 96% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive for one year or more. Around 75% of women will undergo surgical removal of all or part of their breast/s as a part of their treatment.
Can men be diagnosed with breast cancer?
Breast cancer does not only affect women. According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 870 men are affected by breast cancer.
What does a mastectomy involve?
A mastectomy involves the removal of all the breast tissue.
Will I be offered reconstruction surgery after the cancer has been removed?
Reconstruction may be suggested after removal of the breast (mastectomy) or removal of some breast tissue (lumpectomy or wide local excision).
How will my breast be reconstructed?
There are various ways of creating a new breast shape including by implant and by reconstruction with living tissue taken from another part of the body. The aim is to create a breast similar in shape and size.
Will I have to wait util I have recovered from the cancer surgery to have a reconstruction?
If a decision is made to have a reconstruction it can take place at the same time as the breast cancer surgery, or later. The timing is a matter for the individual. There are pros and cons to both options, and the patient should discuss carefully with the consultants involved, and, if appropriate, the GP.
Will the reconstruction surgery be carried out by a specialist plastic surgeon?
The decision as to who to ask to carry out the surgery is also an important one. Sometimes the breast surgeon who has carried out the removal will offer to perform the reconstruction.
While many breast surgeons have experience in the techniques involved not all do. Breast surgeons specialising in reconstruction techniques are called Oncoplastic Surgeons. Some hospitals have breast cancer surgeons and plastic surgeons working together in this area. The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has a list of hospitals with plastic surgery units.
I have already had reconstruction surgery and I am not happy with the result. Can you help me?
In the unlikely event that a patient is dissatisfied or things do not go according to plan, and the result is unsatisfactory, the specialist team at Metcalfes has experience in successfully pursuing claims in these circumstances. Inadequately performed reconstruction surgery can result in a poor cosmetic appearance and the need for further revision surgery.
We have also helped clients (both male and female) in claims arising out of breast reduction and augmentation surgery, within the NHS and privately, and the consequences and types of plastic surgery.
Here at Metcalfes we have an experienced team of Medical Negligence Lawyers who can offer you specialist advice. We deal with all areas of medical negligence including delayed diagnosis. If you believe that you or a family member has suffered as a result of medical negligence then please contact us on 0117 239 8012. Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.