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The emotional shock of my breast cancer diagnosis hit harder than the physical one

Broadcast journalist and writer Sian Williams reflects on the exemplary care and kindness she received before and after her double mastectomy 
Sian Williams

Broadcast journalist and writer Sian Williams reflects on the exemplary care and kindness she received before and after her double mastectomy

Few of us go to an appointment with a doctor and expect a cancer diagnosis, especially when the letter calling you to London’s University College Hospital (UCH) says you may see the consultant ‘or someone from their team’.

‘I wasn't expecting “double mastectomy” and “DCIS”’

Ah, you think, someone from their team. Can’t be that important or they would have got hold of me immediately and called me in to see a specialist.

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Alas, when I was taken into the room to meet the consultant and she said, ‘I’m afraid I have some bad news’, I didn’t hear anything more, at least nothing that made

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