“Deborah agreed to take part in a trial as she was keen to help other cancer patients in the future. "If taking part in a trial means others might be helped then I’m very happy with that."
A trial looking at using a sheet of tissue to improve breast reconstruction surgery (POBRAD)
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Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This trial is looking at using a sheet of tissue to help improve the outcome of surgery to make a new breast shape (breast reconstruction) after having a breast removed (mastectomy). This trial is for women who are having breast reconstruction using an implant.
If you have surgery to remove a breast affected by cancer (mastectomy), you can have a new breast shape formed by the surgeon. This is called breast reconstruction. You can have this at the same time as your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction). We already know that immediate reconstruction can give good cosmetic results. But doctors are always trying to improve results.
The researchers think a sheet of tissue called acellular dermal matrice (ADM) may help. The ADM is a sheet of skin tissue taken from a pig or calf specially treated to remove all living cells so that your body will not react to it as something from outside your body. This means it will not cause an
The aim of this trial is to find out if using the ADM can improve the outcome of immediate breast reconstruction surgery with an implant.
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you are attending Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and you are
- Having surgery to remove your whole breast
- Having an immediate breast reconstruction using an implant (Please note if you are having breast reconstruction using an implant and body tissue you cannot take part)
You have your breast reconstruction surgery as usual. In addition to putting your implant in the surgeon will put a sheet of tissue (ADM) under your skin.
The researchers will ask you to fill in a questionnaire 1 month and 18 months after surgery. They will also ask your permission to take a photograph of your breast before and after surgery.
There are no extra visits if you agree to take part in this trial.
How to join a clinical trial
Mr Michael Douek
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
King's College London