Can you recommend top breast cancer specialists in the UK?

Hi there, my best friend's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 weeks ago. They found 2 lumps in one breast, both grade 1, and she has been recommended a mastectomy ASAP. She knows she needs to decide on treatment plan soon (this week) but is in shock and wants to know about all her options both private and NHS to ensure she is making the right decision. Are there other options? I'm looking for recommendations of any top top specialists in this field that she can speak to before making big decisions. Has anyone experienced any breast cancer geeks, geniuses, private or NHS who they can recommend for further insight? Any help greatly appreciated.

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  • I am not too aware about the system there in the UK. But Dr. Rohit Malde here, Radiation Oncologist, has worked there in the UK for several years and would be the right person to suggest something. Let's wait and see what he has to say.

  • Please encourage your friend's mother to get a second read of her slides and a second opinion before going to surgery. And you are correct in looking for a breast specialist. The best advice I read was written by a doctor who said that she did exactly what she advised patients not to do. She panicked and let herself be rushed into a surgery that was more aggressive than she needed. Her advice was to take a deep breath and get additional opinions until you are comfortable that you have made the best decision for yourself.

    I first saw a general surgeon who did a lumpectomy, then called and told me I needed a mastectomy immediately. I went to a breast center where it was decided that I needed a second lumpectomy and radiation only. I have been clear for 7 years now and am very thankful that I did not let myself be rushed.

    You might want to change your post to community only for privacy reasons.

    Pat

  • Sorry to hear about this shocking news about your best friends mum.

    Breast Cancer is such a common cancer affecting 50,000 women in UK every year, amounting to 130 new diagnosis every day in the UK. One in every 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast cancer in their Lifetimes.

    There are quite a few reputed hospitals in UK and to name a few,

    Royal Marsden Hospital

    Miss Fiona MacNeill, Consultant Surgeon

    Mr W H Allum, Consultant Surgeon

    Ms Nicola Roche, Consultant Surgeon

    Miss Jennifer Rusby, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

    Mr Peter Barry, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

    Mount Vernon Hospital

    David Miles

    UCLH, London

    Miss Jennifer Gattuso

    Miss Joanna Franks

    Dr Robert Stein

    Christie Hospital, Manchester

    Prof Gerard lambe

    Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow

    Dr Sophie Barrett

    Mr Glyn Neades

    Get your mum a second opinion and see what is possible and whats not.

    Based on the shape, size, and location of the lumps, your surgeon would give you teh option of :

    1. Mastectomy +/- Immediate reconstruction and various types of these reconstruction procedures will be explained (of course depending on patients wishes if she needs it or not).

    2. If lumps are small and in one single quadrant of the breast, your surgeon may discuss the option of a breast conserving surgery in the form of Lumpectomy and Sentinel Lymph node Biopsy may be performed in case the axilla is normal.

    In the latter option, it is mandatory to ungergo a 3 week course of Adjuvant radiotherapy to the breast as well.

    The Uk statistics and survival are now freely available to patients on the click of a button, and more or less the outcomes are more or less uniformly similar whether you get your best friends mum operated in private or NHS, in north or south or east or west of Uk.

    Best of luck to her and my best wishes for a speedy recovery for your family at such difficult times.

    Dr Rohit Malde MD, DNB, FRCR (UK)

    Consultant Clinical & Radiation Oncologist

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