Distressing for breast cancer patients

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The story in the Sunderland Echo on Wednesday, September 9, was certainly an eye opener for men and women in Sunderland suffering breast cancer.

We read in one Echo in April that a breast consultant had left Sunderland Royal Hospital and that the service had been suspended.

However, it didn’t appear from that story that the service had been transferred to

the Queen Elizabeth and other hospitals.

This is not good news for patients in the middle of their breast cancer journey. In some cases in can be five years before they are discharged after having major surgery for lumpectomies or masectomies and in some cases receiving reconstruction surgery, with others receiving weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and then medication.

Patients have had a marvellous team of experts looking after them, which included specialist nurses who are angels in the field and are always there to support patients along the way.

Patients who are in the middle of their treatment journey are finding they now have to attend three different hospitals for their care.