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.