In this video, Nicky talks about the ways in which she told her friends and family about her diagnosis, explaining to her children using the book Mummy’s Lump from Breast Cancer Care.
She discusses her experience of chemotherapy and her ongoing radiotherapy, and recounts how hair loss affected her during treatment.
Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video contains the interviewee’s understanding of her own diagnosis and treatment and should not be viewed as clinical advice or information. The views in this video is that of the participant and do not represent the views of Breast Cancer Care.
This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.
It shows techniques that use a breast implant and those that use your body tissue to reconstruct the breast – including the LD flap (tissue taken from the back area which often incorporates an additional breast implant), TRAM flap (a flap of tissue and muscle taken from the abdomen) and the DIEP flap (tissue taken from the abdomen but without taking any muscle). You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.
It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.
The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk