A range of support to suit you

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer there is no right or wrong way to feel, but there is lots of support available to you throughout your diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

You might require support with the emotional impact of your diagnosis, or support with the physical impacts of treatment, either during your treatment or with the longer-term effects that it can cause. 

At HCA Healthcare UK, we have a team of cancer experts who can provide you with the support that is right for you, including help with diet, physical therapy or emotional support. They’ll work with you to put a plan in place that suits your individual needs.

Sex, intimacy and breast cancer

A survey by Breast Cancer Now revealed that nearly 46% of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer experienced some form of sexual difficulties - from loss of libido to vaginal dryness - and that three quarters of women asked were not told about the possible impact of treatments on sex and intimacy. 

Here Kate Harrison, Consultant Psychologist at The Christie Private Care, part of HCA Healthcare UK, discusses the impact that breast cancer and its treatment can have on sex, relationships and intimacy, and some of the ways you can navigate these.  

Lets talk about Lymphodema

You may develop lymphoedema after treatment for breast cancer. Surgery or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes under the arm and surrounding area can damage the surrounding lymphatic system and cause a build-up of fluid in the body’s tissues, known as lymphoedema. The swelling commonly affects the arm and can include the hand and fingers. 

Lymphoedema is a long-term condition, but there are many ways to manage and treat it. Tamara Kosevic, Lymphoedema Clinical Specialist at The Princess Grace Hospital, shares her insights into treating and managing lymphoedema. 

Cancer and fertility

When Cristina was diagnosed with breast cancer, not only was she concerned about her own health, but she also didn't want the cancer treatment to stop her from becoming a mother. Thanks to the fertility experts at Lister Fertility Clinic, Cristina was able to undergo an egg collection at the clinic before she began her cancer treatment. 

Nine months later Cristina was overjoyed to welcome her 'big, little miracle' - her wonderful daughter. Here, Cristina shares her IVF story.
GP with patient

Looking for a second opinion?

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, whether or not you have started treatment, a second opinion can give you reassurance and peace of mind.  

Our second opinion service is led by expert consultants. They will provide a comprehensive review of your current and past medical history, to identify the best treatment options for you. This review may identify new treatment options or simply confirm that you are already receiving the best treatment. Either way, it can help you make an informed decision about what is best for you.

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