//The Conversation Needs to Change…

The Conversation Needs to Change…

Flat Friends founder and chair Gilly Cant attended The Association of Breast Surgery annual conference in Manchester this week to talk about the need for patient choice when it comes to breast surgery, and to co-present the results of a recent study that looked at this issue from the perspective of patients, surgeons and breast care nurses.

She said:

“Every patient is unique, and if the choice for some is to live without breasts, then this needs to be respected by surgeons. Flat Friends has been involved in a preliminary study and it was found many women have been denied surgery to have a healthy breast removed, for example to achieve symmetry, although surgeons are quite prepared to put their patients through lengthy additional surgery to reconstruct for the same reason.”

Click here to see a video of her talk


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  1. Jane 13th November 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Hi gilly, i am struggling with my breast consultant to have my left healthy breast removed after having my right breast removed due to cancer in sept 2015, i have been told that they will not remove a healthy breast but are quite prepared to reduce my left breast, as i am a 36dd, my argument with him is if you are prepared to do a reduction and not a mascetomy, it is beyond me, i have a further appointment on nov 23rd to peruse it further with him, my oncology doctor when i saw her for the first annual review last tuesday said i see many many women feeling the same

  2. Gilly Cant 13th November 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Jane,
    This is an issue we unfortunately find a lot and it needs to change!
    Would you please email me at support@flatfriends.org.uk and I can give you some advice to take into your next meeting. I look forward to hearing from you. Gilly

  3. Maggie Simpson 14th November 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I had breast cancer in three areas of one breast. Needed mastectomy requested bilateral mastectomy meet with unsympathetic lead surgeon. I insisted if they offered reconstruction why not meet my request. Eventually agreed but the way I was treated pre and post surgery was awful. Luckily no further treatment needed. I had worked in Cancer Support and knew what I was asking for. I am three years down the road and have never regretted my decision. I would love to be in touch of like minded ladies.

  4. Gilly Cant 15th November 2016 at 8:51 am

    Maggie, if you have Facebook, please go to the Facebook link on this website and ask to join our closed and private chat group. If you dont have Facebook, please email us at support@flatfriends.org.uk. Look forward to hearing from you by either means. Gilly

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