Patient Stories

Rowena’s story

Rowena“To say that being diagnosed with breast cancer aged 25 was a shock, would be an understatement, to say the least.

It wasn’t until I met Haresh Devalia in 2010 that I really felt in safe hands. He has been consistently fantastic from initial diagnosis, through treatment (three operations and radiotherapy) and every year since, when I have an annual checkup.

Haresh is not only a brilliant surgeon but also an incredibly kind and professional person who will make your cancer journey as easy possible, given the circumstances. I am so grateful to him for helping me through a very difficult time.

I have very subtle scars despite considerable surgeries, allowing me to lead a completely normal life.”

Read more about Selina’s amazing story via the Mail Online article, ‘For the first time since the diagnosis I felt like me again‘.

Selina’s story

“I was incredibly lucky to be treated for Breast Cancer by Mr Devalia, at the age of 28, back in 2011.

After getting over the initial shock of my diagnosis, Mr Devalia spoke about treatment plans and more importantly my future. What I found remarkable was how Mr Devalia talked a lot about my final surgery options and life after treatment, and not just about Cancer. It assured me of a positive future and more importantly, confidence of how I would feel about myself when I reached the other side. I decided to have a double mastectomy with an immediate reconstruction, as I was told during my treatment I carried the BRCA1 genetic flaw. A frightening thought.

I was given so many reconstructive options and I felt throughout the whole journey that Mr Devalia wanted to ensure I was comfortable and happy with our decisions.

I can’t tell you how happy I am, 2 years on, with my reconstruction. I can go out, wear what I want and flaunt myself in as many bikinis as I like! Not only did Mr Devalia save my life, but he gave me the opportunity to live normally after that very dark period. I can only thank Mr Devalia and his team for all they have done, although thank you will never be enough.”