A new research project here in New Zealand aims to explore how women with mastectomies and breast reconstructive surgery experience their bodies, particularly focusing on the roles that bras, breasts and body image play in their lives after surgery.

Conducted by PhD student Aida Amoozegar Montero at Victoria University Wellington, it will be the first study in this country to investigate attitudes, feelings and experiences in relation to bras for women who have undergone a mastectomy and breast reconstuctive surgery, and will provide fundamental information on women's post-operative needs and experiences. The findings could be used to design better bras, for example.

To gather information, Ms Montero is conducting a large online survey to provide insight, perspective and understanding on this subject. The survey is completely anonymous, and only takes around 8-10 minutes. At the end of the survey, there will also be an opportunity for women to particpate in a one on one interview at a later date if they wish.

Link to survey: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_esOVlq6TztBsK0t

Ms Montero noted that, “Participation in this survey will be extremely valuable in providing insight and understanding on this subject. The lived experience of women who have had surgery and reconstruction following a breast cancer diagnosis will provide the knowledge to expand current perspectives.” 

BCAC has recently circulated this survey link to its members and their networks. If you would like to participate please use the survey link included. Note that the survey is intended for those women who have undergone mastectomy/lumpectomy and breast reconstructive surgery. A complete information sheet about the research project is also attached here.

For more information about the survey please contact Aida on email: aida.amoozegarmontero@vuw.ac.nz

18 June 2020



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