The Brazette

Advice from a Surgical Doctor

29 July 2020

DR. ADAM HEETUN

Senior Surgical Doctor

Adam is a senior surgical doctor based on the South Coast, training to be a breast cancer surgeon with an interest in reconstructive breast surgery. He is passionate about empowering patients with knowledge and confidence to make the right choices for them.

“It has been a difficult and challenging time for all of us and you have been doing your best to stay at home and maintain social distancing.  Thank you for doing that.  A lot of you will be understandably worried about accessing medical care during these unprecedented times.

We want to reassure you that if you have any concerns about your breasts, we are still here for you.  So, if you notice a lump in the breast or armpit, changes in the shape or appearance of the breast, bleeding from the nipple, changes in the appearance of the nipple or anything that is different or concerns you about your breasts, the first thing you should do is speak to your GP without delay. 

Your GP can refer you to see a breast specialist at your local hospital where we will either see you face to face, speak to you over the phone or over a video appointment.  We may then organise appropriate tests.  The earlier you come, the earlier we can look at you and address any concerns you may have.  Furthermore, if you already have a diagnosis of breast cancer and are concerned that your treatment may be affected by the pandemic, please get in touch with a member of your breast team as soon as possible and they will be able to talk you through your current treatment plan.  We have worked hard to keep your hospital and GP visits as safe as can be.  So, please continue to follow the current guidelines, stay safe and do not ignore any changes in your breasts.  Seek medical advice as soon as possible.  We will continue to be here for you.”

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