Aftercare advice for Mr Charalambous' breast cancer patients

Information for patients from your breast cancer nurse

This leaflet aims to give you advice following your breast surgery, about how to look after yourself and your wound at home.

You must have an adult with you for the first 24 hours after you leave hospital. They will be able to help you with your needs, as required.

What if I have been discharged with a drain?

How do I look after my wound / dressing at home?

When should I start my exercises?

Aim to try to move your arm normally after your operation. If you have been given an exercise leaflet, you can start your exercises as soon as you feel able after your operation.

Will I have a follow-up appointment?

We usually review patients around three weeks after surgery to discuss their results and check their surgery site.

What if I have any concerns or questions when I return home?

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Cancer Care Line on 01227 868666 and ask to speak to your Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays).

If you have an urgent concern that cannot wait until the morning, please go to your nearest Emergency Department (preferably at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital, Margate).