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Ms Nicola West 

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PhD student Nicola West
Position:PhD Student

Telephone:+44 (0)29 2068 7767
Location:Room 1.10, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


The long-term experiences of (BRACA1 and BRACA2) women who have undergone risk reducing surgery for breast cancer.  


Dr Katie Featherstone and Professor Jane Hopkinson


To examine the expectations and experiences of women who are undergoing risk reducing surgery for breast cancer. Specifically it will focus on the small group of BRACA1 and BRACA2 carrier patients, assessed as high risk.  Specifically it will examine:

Risk assessment and diagnosis

Decison-making (surgery and reconstruction)

Women's experiences of risk reducing surgery

Body image issues, self-esteem

Sexuality and relationships

Satisfaction with (or not having) reconstructive surgery

Expectations of surgery and reconstruction