Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Meet Pam and Rebecca
Pam and Rebecca are Macmillan Breast Reconstruction Clinical Nurse Specialists at the Queen Victoria Hospital and also run a monthly clinic as Micropigmentation Practitioners at The McIndoe Centre.
Breast reconstruction nurses Pam Golton and Rebecca Spencer accompany patients on their entire journey through the process of breast reconstruction – from the first hospital appointment, through surgery, to when they leave hospital and beyond.
When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, if the cancer is in a large area of the breast, has spread throughout the breast or if the breast is full of pre-cancerous cells, then a mastectomy, an operation to remove the breast, will be recommended. You may be offered breast reconstruction surgery, if appropriate.
Pam and Rebecca work closely with the entire breast care team at the hospital including a psychological therapy team which enables patients to access psychological and emotional support while they cope with the impact of breast cancer on their lives. In addition, they both have active roles within the breast reconstruction charity Restore.
Pam explained: “Breast reconstruction is a long journey and we are there to help co-ordinate and guide the patient through that. As soon as a patient is referred, we send out an information pack so that even before they are seen in outpatients, they can begin to digest the enormous amount of information that surrounds breast reconstruction.”