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Ben - Interview 02

Ben was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and had surgery and tamoxifen which he discontinued after having a deep vein thrombosis. Had a second diagnosis of breast cancer in 2006 and further surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

  • Background

    Ben is a retired health and safety officer. He is married and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 68
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Bob - Interview 03

    Bob was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. He had surgery but did not need to have chemotherapy or radiotherapy because it was diagnosed early. He is also diabetic and had trouble with his wound after surgery.

  • Background

    Bob is a retired polisher. He is married. He and his wife experienced the sadness of losing their son when he was in his late 30s. Ethnic background’ White British...

  • Age at interview 67
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Eric - Interview 05

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. He had a mastectomy and 5 or 6 lymph nodes removed. He then had chemotherapy over 6 months, with radiotherapy on 15 days halfway through his treatment. He then had tamoxifen. Later had Arimadex for a short time.

  • Background

    Eric is a retired engineer. He is married and has one adult child. Ethnic background’ White British (English.

  • Age at interview 78
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Robert B - Interview 10

    Robert was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. His treatment included mastectomy, radiotherapy and tamoxifen. His treatment went smoothly although his radiotherapy caused some skin redness and has hot flushes and lethargy taking tamoxifen.

  • Background

    Robert is a retired bank manager. He is married and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (Scottish).

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Tom H - Interview 13

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and had surgery and radiotherapy before starting tamoxifen. Since his operation he has some swelling in his arm and cannot dig in his allotment the way he used to.

  • Background

    Tom H is retired, he worked in the petrochemicals industry. He is widowed and has 2 adult children. Ethnic background’ White British (English).

  • Age at interview 71
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • BT - Interview 15

    Was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Did not require any further treatment following mastectomy other than tamoxifen.

  • Background

    BT is a self-employed debt collector. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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