It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but sadly many of us will know someone who has had the difficult diagnosis of breast cancer. But the Association of Breast Surgery are contributing as partners on the initiative along with others such as Breast Cancer Now and Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice.
They are looking to identify some of the unanswered questions about breast cancer surgery and to gain a good idea of what knowledge and support would make a difference to the quality of life of breast cancer patients
The topics they are covering are:
· Identification and management of women at increased risk of breast cancer
· Assessment, diagnosis and choice of initial treatment for women with breast cancer
· Surgical techniques, technologies and devices, including questions about breast conservation (breast preserving surgery) and breast reconstruction
· Interactions between surgery and other treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy
· Quality of life issues (in both the short and long term) related to the surgery for breast cancer
They are asking that if anyone has a professional or personal connection to breast cancer surgery, could they take just 5 minutes to complete a quick survey that can be found here:
The goal is to increase government funding for breast cancer surgery research and this process has a track record of success, incentivising researchers to respond to patient priorities. Please help if you can.