- Breast Cancer Awareness Events
- Wig Workshop is back!
- The Royal Free Hospital has become the first hospital in the UK to use breast PET
Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Anisah and the East London team have been busy this week holding breast awareness events at a number of community groups in Hackney, East London.
Firstly, on Monday evening 28 January, we visited Suleymaniye Mosque, joining a prayer group for young Turkish women. On Tuesday morning, we visited Morningside Children’s Centre, where we gave a talk to a small group of parents before joining a knitting group to talk, more informally, to anyone who was interested and to answer any questions about breast cancer and checking your breasts. On Wednesday morning we joined a parent-and-toddler group at Frampton Road Baptist Church. We set up a stall with all our information and parents came to talk to us while their children played. We also had Beverley, one of our massage therapists, with us and she gave short, free treatments to demonstrate some of our services, which were much appreciated. Everyone at all these events was most welcoming. We were pleased with the positive feedback, of which this is one example:
“I have been for two mammograms so far so understand the procedure but have not been checking my breasts monthly. I will do so now.”
We would especially like to thank Fayser, Marie and Christine (from Suleymaniye Mosque, Morningside Children’s Centre and Frampton Road Baptist Church respectively) for organising such well-attended and well-received talks.
We are always looking for more community groups that could benefit from a breast awareness session. If you know of any, please contact Anisah on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 020 7830 2323.
Wig Workshop is back!
After the success of the Wig Workshops last year, we are pleased to announce we will be holding another on Tuesday 12th February 2013, from 11am-2pm (refreshments are provided).
The session will be run, once again, by the lovely Debbie and Magui and their team of experienced stylists. As well as talks and demonstrations about all aspects of wig and hairpiece use (including choosing, fitting and caring for your wig), there will be the opportunity for individual consultations. The stylists can cut and style any hairpieces you have, as well as giving you a personal session on the subtle arts of filling in brows and applying false eyelashes.
Last year’s sessions were great fun and gave participants a real sense of confidence about coping with hair loss.
For more information or to book your place, please contact us by email on email@example.com or call 020 7830 2323.
The Royal Free Hospital has become the first hospital in the UK to use breast PET
The Royal Free has become the first hospital in the UK, and only the fourth in the world, to introduce breast PET, a new imaging technology to diagnose breast cancer.
Breast PET (positron emission tomography), or Mammi, produces a 3D image of the breast that clearly shows the metabolic activity of cancerous masses. A small amount of radioactive glucose is injected, to see how the cells react to it. Cancerous cells take up more glucose than regular cells, and so the cancerous area lights up on the image. The high metabolic activity of cancerous cells shows up on the image as a bright spot, making it easy to diagnose.
As the technology shows the metabolic activity going on in the breast, it can be used to diagnose breast cancer and determine the treatment in difficult cases, particularly in the case of younger women with dense breasts.
The use of the machine is being pioneered by a multidisciplinary team, including consultant oncological surgeon Mo Keshtgar.
Mr Keshtgar said: “We use a range of imaging methods to help us diagnose breast cancer, including mammography, ultrasound and MRI, with breast PET being the latest weapon in our armoury.”
“It will be an especially useful tool in younger patients with dense breasts, when it is often harder to detect cancer using a mammogram and we also know that breast density is associated with increased breast cancer risk…complex cases such as these usually result in the patient having to undergo further imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI and sometimes more invasive biopsies.”
“Breast PET, on the other hand, allows us to study the metabolic activity going on in the breast… For this reason, breast PET will also be key in diagnosing cancer when previous scans have proved inconclusive in terms of identifying whether a mass is cancerous or benign.”
In certain patients, the breast PET can also be used to monitor their response to treatment. Results can be seen as early as after one cycle of chemotherapy, whereas with an MRI the response can usually only be determined after two or three cycles. This means that if the patient is not responding to treatment, alternative therapies can be considered.
Mr Keshtgar also added: “Another benefit of this technology is improved comfort for patients; there is no compression involved like traditional mammography, the patient simply has to lie face down.”