"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." Prof. Bruce Mann, Director of Shared Breast Services, Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals, Australia
Some of the other goals for the service and areas where Treasure Chest Inc. funds are being/have been utilised are:
- DONE! Nipple tattooing machine and nurse training to perform the tattooing
- DONE! Provided three Hot Head Scalp Cooling Cap Machines/ Caps. Scalp cooling can be effective in preventing or reducing the loss of your hair during some chemotherapy. Cooling the scalp reduces the amount of chemotherapy drug reaching the hair follicles, which means the hair is less likely to fall out. Source: nhs.uk
- DONE! Started an ongoing program of supplying Care Packages to our dedicated breast cancer nurse to give to patients who need extra care and attention during reconstruction. Each Care Package is valued at over $1500.00 and includes a Carer for up to 30 hours from Prestige In Home Care to assist with whatever services are required - these may include personal care, domestic support, transport to appointments, an exercise regime, pain medication, cooking and shopping; plus much more to ensure the patient is looked after during this daunting period in their life's journey.
- DONE! Funds donated to The Royal Women's Hospital Foundation
- DONE! Funding Bridge for Support between Shared Breast Service clinic and BREACAN
- 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
AIMING TO DO
- 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’