Breast reconstruction DVD launched to aid cancer patients

A DVD to help breast cancer patients facing reconstructive surgery was launched yesterday.

The DVD, the first of its kind in Ireland, will be made available to patients attending Cork University Hospital’s breast care clinic who are considering reconstruction following breast cancer surgery.

Developed by CUH plastic surgeon Eoin O’Broin and his team, and funded by Aid Cancer Treatment, the DVD features the personal stories of some of his patients who have undergone different methods of reconstruction.

It also includes an animation of each type of reconstruction so patients know what the operation entails and what to expect afterwards.

“The DVD is being used as an information guide for patients to explain what is involved in breast reconstruction and the choices available to them and has been developed in collaboration with patients who have experienced breast reconstruction,” said Mr O’Broin.

“It can be very daunting, being confronted with such a large amount of new information, but we hope that this DVD can help to explain the options, procedures and outcomes of breast reconstruction.”

Meanwhile, teenagers who have had to cope with the trauma of seeing their mothers suffer from breast cancer are being recruited for an Irish survey.

The NUI Galway study is focusing on the impact of the disease on sons and daughters aged 14-19. It will also examine the benefits of an online skills programme designed to help adolescents cope with the situation.

The study, Adolescent Adjustment to Maternal Breast Cancer, is being carried out under the direction of Dr AnnMarie Groarke, School of Psychology and Professor Pat Dolan, director of the Child and Family Research Centre at Galway university.

The researchers want to hear from women interested in their teenage sons or daughters taking part in the programme. Ideally, they would like to hear from mothers diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 12 months.

* Contact researcher Leonor Rodriguez at the School of Psychology NUIG on 091-493454 or email l.rodriguez2@nuigalway.ie. Website: ambcstudy.wordpress.com/

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