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Breast cancer – a personal story

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.

Tess is a married doctor with three young children. When Tess was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 33, she also found out she was pregnant. She had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, tamoxifen and Herceptin. She later had a second mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction, and had her ovaries removed. Tess was 38 years old at the time of this interview.

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This interview has been sourced from, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.

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Last reviewed: September 2016

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