Body image

A new expert guide for women on how to cope in the aftermath of breast cancer surgery has been launched by a leading advocacy group.

The Marie Keating Foundation has published the Restoring Body Image After Surgery booklet in a bid to help thousands of Irish women through a difficult time in their lives.

Taking expert views from leading medics, breast cancer survivors and patient advocates, the document is targeted at informing people of the options available to them — many of which may not be immediately apparent due to the trauma of the surgery involved.

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin, Mr Peter Meagher, is one of the guide’s key contributors. He said many breast cancer surgery survivors “simply were not aware of the numerous choices available to them following their surgery”.

A list of bra and prosthesis suppliers catered to each person’s need is also provided.

¦ Copies of the booklet are available for free from breast care nurses and specialist centres across Ireland, while an online version can be down-loaded from www.mariekeating.ie.

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