My operation in France: Mastectomy

When Sue Caroll, 57, moved to the Creuse in 2010 with husband Jim, 62, she was in remission from breast cancer. However, the cancer returned in 2014. Series by Gillian Harvey

Initial symptoms

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast in 2006, after which I’d had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and 18 months of Herceptin. I was formally discharged from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London in 2011.

However, in 2014, I noticed changes in my left breast – it was hard to the touch, and the nipple had become inverted.


I made an appointment for a mammogram, which identified a potential mass. Medical staff then carried out a biopsy on both sides, due to my history and symptoms, after which I was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts. I was told to find a gynaecologist to oversee my treatment.

As I hadn’t yet received my Carte Vitale, I panicked. Thankfully, I rang ...

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