Breast cancer surgery can be a deeply traumatic experience. You may feel that your breasts are very important to your idea of yourself as a woman. The first months are likely to be very upsetting. Many women have conflicting emotions, such as grief, fear, shock, anger and resentment. These emotions may be mixed with relief that the cancer has been found and treated. Although everyone reacts differently, there are some common effects people may experience when faced when undergoing breast reconstruction surgery. These are:
Sometimes these feelings can make it difficult to get on with everyday life. As a team we work with patients and their families. We know that both patients and those caring for them may have difficulties in coping with issues surrounding, diagnosis, treatment and/or hospital admission.
We can offer the following services:
Please feel free to ask a member of Broomfield Hospital staff for a referral to the Psychotherapy and Counselling service.
St Andrews Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex
Tel: 01245 362000