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West Herts Breast Care Unit

Breast Care Nurses

Our breast care nurses are specialists in the counselling of breast cancer patients. They discuss clinical issues arising before and after surgical and oncological treatment and they provide support for the patients' psychological and spiritual needs.

They provide additional counselling for breast reconstructions and facilitate with the fitting of breast prostheses and lymphoedema referrals. They are also trained in practical procedures, such as seroma drainage and implant inflations.

Stephanie Cooper, Lead Macmillan Breast Care Nurse

Qualifications: RGN, ENB 998 (Teaching and Assessing), A11 (Breast Care), N59 (Chemotherapy), BSc (Hons) Cancer nursing

Picture of Stephanie Cooper, Macmillan Breast Care NurseStephanie qualified in 1989 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and worked on general medical wards, intensive care unit and the oncology ward. She then specialised in oncology nursing at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London where she completed the breast care course and BSc(Hons) in cancer nursing.

She stayed on the breast ward as acting sister, before moving to the chemotherapy suite at Mount Vernon hospital where she became a Macmillan Breast Care Nurse. She joined the breast team at Watford General Hospital and then at the newly combined unit based at St Albans City Hospital, where she has now taken over as Lead Breast Care Nurse.

Stephanie has Diplomas in Lymphoedema, Loss & Bereavement and Advanced Communication Skills, and is currently undertaking an MSc in advanced clinical practice.

Emma Alway, Macmillan Breast Care Nurse

Qualifications: RGN, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, NH3150 (Tissue repair and reconstruction), NH3151 (Reconstructive surgery), NA6103 (Mentor preparation), Foundation Certificate in Counselling

Picture of Emma Alway, Macmillan Breast Care NurseEmma qualified at the Royal London & St Bartholomew's Hospital in 2006 and then went on to work at Queen Victoria Foundation Trust in Sussex. Here she worked for 3 years gaining experience in plastics and reconstructive surgery following cancer or trauma.

In 2009 Emma moved to the Lister hospital in Stevenage where she worked in renal until taking up the breast care post here at St Albans in 2012. Emma's interests are in reconstructive surgery and has now achieved a Foundation Certificate in Counselling.

Sarah Page, Macmillan Breast Care Nurse

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Kim Mullin, Macmillan Breast Care Nurse

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Sian Lewis, Macmillan Breast Care Nurse

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