Treasure Chest Charity aims to:
- Reduce the waiting time for reconstruction and associated services by providing support to the Specialists working directly with people wishing to undergo breast cancer reconstructions.
- Provide funds for the purchase of essential equipment and resources as required and requested by Breast Cancer Reconstruction Specialists.
What We've Achieved
- Proving a Nipple Tattooing Machine and relevant training for two nurses
- Providing three Hot Head Scalp Cooling Cap Machines & Caps
- Established an ongoing Care Package Program
- Provided funds The Royal Women's Hospital Foundation
- Provided funds to the Bridge for Support between Shared Breast Service clinic and BREACAN
A priority of The Breast Service has been to improve the care of those at high risk of breast cancer due to family history or genetics, and also on providing the option of world-class breast reconstruction to all those for whom it is appropriate - Treasure Chest has been a vital partner working towards this goal.
Professor Bruce Mann | Director of Shared Breast Services | Royal Women's & Royal Melbourne Hospital
Our Current Projects
- Leica M525 Surgical Microscope - $159,000 – to be offered to the hospital
- A dedicated Breast Counselling room and a full-time counsellor available at all times - $32,000
- Training for another tattooist and provision of additional equipment and space. Currently, the tattoo service, which comprises one trained nurse, is over subscribed
- Continue to organise and supply Care Packages as requested by our dedicated Breast Care nurse
- Developing an area at the Royal Women’s, dedicated to the Breast Service, and in particular to Breast reconstruction. This area would incorporate a consulting room, a procedure room for nipple tattooing and office space for staff involved in this work.
- Funding for breast reconstruction using ADM System. Acellular dermal matrix's (ADM) are soft tissue matrix grafts, a system that allows the patient's own cells to repopulate and revascularize implanted tissue around a matrix scaffold.
- Building the research program around the reconstruction service
- Developing the tissue reconstruction service for the VCCC
- Patient information booklets and other education material
- Improving the facilities to look after the psychological aspects of treatment such as hair loss, nipple tattooing, counselling or information about further options
- A respite or wellness programme
- Facilities for patients having undergone reconstructive surgery to promote a positive outlook around the ‘whole person'.