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Mike C - Interview 26

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. He had a mastectomy, followed by 18 sessions of chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy. His skin got burnt towards the end of the radiotherapy and he got an MRSA infection whilst in hospital which has caused him some trouble since. He later was treated with tamoxifen.

  • Background

    Mike is a semi-retired quantity surveyor. He is married and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Alan - Interview 18

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. He had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and Arimidex. He was also offered reconstruction which he refused.

  • Background

    Alan is a retired engineering manager. He is married and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 73
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Tim - Interview 19

    Tim was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. He had a mastectomy, radiotherapy and tamoxifen for 7 years. The radiotherapy caused some burning of the skin and he developed a wound infection that cleared with antibiotics.

  • Background

    Tim is a retired oil company executive. He is married and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 73
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Bernard - Interview 20

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. His diagnosis came as a surprise as the lump had been present for many years and he had been told it was nothing to worry about. He had a mastectomy, radiotherapy and tamoxifen.

  • Background

    Bernard is a day care officer. He is married and has 3 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (Scottish).

  • Age at interview 59
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Eddie - Interview 21

    Eddie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, although he first noticed a lump in his early teens. Had a mastectomy, but did not need radiotherapy or chemotherapy. He is taking taxomifen.

  • Background

    Eddie is a retired policeman. He is married and has 3 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (Welsh).

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Michael A - Interview 22

    Michael was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. Had a mastectomy and 11-12 lymph nodes removed, followed by radiotherapy and tamoxifen. Found another lump in 2008 which was also breast cancer. Had a lumpectomy, followed again by radiotherapy and Arimadex

  • Background

    Michael is a retired medical technician. He is married and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English/Irish).

  • Age at interview 67
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Bill - Interview 23

    Was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Had a mastectomy and lymph nodes removed, then chemotherapy, tamoxifen and Arimidex (which he later took with testosterone replacement, Nebido). He later developed itching in his other nipple and had a second mastectomy in 2002.

  • Background

    Bill is a retired education guidance advisor. He is married and has 3 adult children. Ethnic background’ White Scottish.

  • Age at interview 54
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Derek B - Interview 24

    After his diagnosis of breast cancer he had to wait three months to have his mastectomy because of breathing problems. He then had radiotherapy over a six week period. He then had tamoxifen which caused him to gain weight.

  • Background

    Derek is a part-time receptionist. He is divorced and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 69
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • John P - Interview 25

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, after initially being a bit reluctant to go to the doctor. He had a mastectomy, followed by radiotherapy and tamoxifen which he felt was responsible for him gaining some weight.

  • Background

    John is a retired motor car electrical inspector. He is married and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 65
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • RG - Interview 17

    RG was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Treatment included mastectomy, chemotherapy and Arimidex. Soon after surgery he developed a seroma in his wound that required draining in hospital.

  • Background

    RG is a retired teacher. He is married and has 3 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 64
  • Sex/Gender Male