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Andry Dimitriou, 37 years old - diagnosed with Breast Cancer in February 2007.

Andry discovered a pea-sized lump in her breast whilst showering one evening so immediately made an appointment with her doctor the following day. He referred her to Mr Dimitri Hadjiminas, a consultant breast and endocrine surgeon at the Harley Street Clinic. After she had a series of tests, including a mammogram, a biopsy and an ultrasound, she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and was recommended to have a lumpectomy straight away. Lumpectomy is the removal of the breast tumour (the lump) and some of the normal tissue that surrounds it. It is also is a form of breast-conserving or breast preservation surgery.

Watch the video to find out more.

Breast cancer survivors have set up a support group to help other patients through their diagnosis and treatment. Pink Buddies, based at London Bridge Hospital, is run by women, all of whom have had breast cancer themselves. The group, which meets twice a month, offers a range of services to breast cancer patients including visits to the breast cancer unit, support during chemotherapy and once treatment has finished.

It also arranges charity events to raise vital funds for women diagnosed with the disease.


Can I choose which HCA hospital I am treated at?
We will try to care for you at the hospital nearest to you. This is usually possible for your surgery and specialist consultations. Some specialist imaging services and treatments are only available at specific HCA hospitals, so you may have to travel a short distance for these appointments.

What if I have already started my treatment?
We recommend that you and your family discuss your current treatment with your specialist, before you make any decisions about a new care provider. If you decide to transfer to our care we will work closely with your specialist to decide the most appropriate time to transfer you.

How much does treatment cost?
Treatment costs vary as your care will include different elements such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, diagnostic tests and scans. Your HCA hospital can provide an estimate of costs before treatment commences, but this may change as treatment progresses.

Do consultants at HCA see NHS patients?
HCA hospitals, including our NHS co-ventures, mostly care for patients with private medical insurance. Our consultant colleagues will provide second opinions but this will involve a charge for the consultation. There may be situations where there are no further treatment options left in the NHS and you may be looking to see what treatment options are available privately. Please talk to your NHS consultant first, as they will be aware of treatment that will be available outside of the NHS.

What type of cancer patients do you treat?
Our consultant colleagues between them have specialist expertise in most cancers and care for adults, children and young people with cancer. You can find a cancer specialist here.

How long does it take to get an appointment?
We are acutely aware that waiting for an appointment is a very anxious time. We will normally be able to arrange an initial consultation for you within a few days. We will ensure you know when your next appointment, test, scan or treatment is and keep any waiting time as short as possible.

Can you give me more information about the different types of cancer and available treatments?
Macmillan Cancer Support provide a wealth of information on all aspects of cancer and its treatment. We recommend you discuss this information with your GP and consultant before making any decisions about your care.

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