Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield DBE

Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield DBE, BSc, D.Phil, F.Med.Sci

I am Director of Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C), a research group dedicated to exploring the implications of a cancer diagnosis and the benefits and harms of different treatments.

I have worked in breast cancer research for more than 30 years and was author of one of the first studies showing that breast conserving surgery did not prevent the anxiety, depression and sexual difficulties associated with mastectomy.

I am never afraid to challenge orthodoxy through good research and am delighted to be a Patron of Flat Friends.

Lindsey Coulson, Actress

I have been an actress for over 30 years and in that time I have been lucky to have played a wide variety of characters both on stage, television and film.

More recently I played DCI Newman in a new series called ‘The Level’ for ITV, although I’m probably best known for my role as ‘Carol Jackson’ in the BBCs ‘Eastenders’. It’s here that I met Gilly Cant when she advised on the storyline for my character’s double mastectomy, and she helped me understand how important it is for women who decide against reconstruction to be properly supported.

Along with other charities that I support, I am honoured to be a Patron of Flat Friends UK.

Ash Subramanian,  BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons) FRCS (Gen Surg)

I am a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon based on the south coast of England.

Although I offer reconstruction to my patients, I consider myself a cancer surgeon first and foremost and I’m a strong advocate for patient involvement in decision making. I believe patients should be offered all choices available to them, including prophylactic mastectomy as an equal option to achieving symmetry. Supporting patients through their choices is of paramount importance – living ‘flat’ should not be seen as a stigma.

My research interests focus on the reasons for and barriers to prophylactic mastectomy. Gilly Cant was my patient and through her initial research concept and SHORE-C I have engaged with surgeons and nurses to help investigate this important question.

I am delighted to be involved as a Patron of Flat Friends and spreading their message both nationally and internationally.