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Happy New Year and welcome to my second quarterly newsletter.

My team and I have had a very busy few months of collaboration and change that I'm excited to share with you, including working with world-renowned Parisian Oncoplastic Surgeon, Dr Krishna B. Clough; an additional new consulting room in Macquarie Street; and an introduction to the SPY Elite System, technology that I am pioneering in Australia. 

If you would like any further information on the articles in this newsletter please
contact a member of my team.

Until next time,
I am delighted to share with you an important new technology in the improvement of cancer treatment – the SPY Elite System, technology I am pioneering in my theatres in Australia.
The SPY Elite system is the most advanced fluorescence imaging system technology available to accurately detect unhealthy or dead skin cells, known as necrosis. Necrosis is prevalent in cancer patients, however cannot be detected by the naked eye.
SPY works by creating real-time imaging showing a green dye, known as indocyanine green, or ICG, injected into a tissue area, which highlights any necrotic cells present.
The technology assists surgeons during breast reconstruction procedures to identify healthy blood flow around remaining tissue, assisting with decisions for immediate breast reconstruction following breast-gland removal.

Through SPY technology, we are able reduce the costs and burdens associated with breast cancer surgery through improved surgical success, meaning a better outcome for our patients.
For information on whether SPY can assist with your breast cancer treatment, please contact my staff on 
02 8514 0793 or by emailing

We asked our beloved patient Emma about her experience with breast cancer. This is what she shared...

When did you first discover you might have breast cancer?
I discovered a lump completely by accident, while getting dressed for a friend’s wedding. It felt like a frozen pea. When my GP actually said the words “it’s cancer” a couple of weeks later let’s just say I was thankful I’d recently restocked the home bar. Everyone deals with their diagnosis differently but it’s a surreal day no matter who you are. 

How did you feel?
I’d have to describe it as a cold jolt of fear wrapped in confusion wrapped in a riddle. It took about a day to get used to the idea the lump was even there and a couple more for me to make the initial appointment to see my GP.  By the time I got my official diagnosis I’d steeled myself for it best I could. From that moment on I was all about being the best survivor I could be. In fact, it didn’t really occur to me I would be anything else. I also remember thinking, “I can’t believe just last week I was complaining about not having enough shoes!” Instant perspective is probably cancer’s greatest gift.
What happened next?
I was in Sanjay’s office discussing surgical options within a week. Two weeks later I underwent a mastectomy. Because surgery is the first step for most breast cancer patients it means your surgeon bears the brunt by way of explanation and I am so grateful for Sanjay, my breast nurse Ruth Mirto and Sanjay’s administration staff taking the time to help me wade through the thick soup that is a cancer diagnosis. It’s not just treatment; it’s also preparation, billing, even wardrobe! I walked away from my first appointment with the knowledge they were all there to help make it bearable. 
Read full article here
Our new Patient Profile section is designed to give patients and their families some inspiration through shared experiences, and to remind our patients that they are not alone.

Do you want to share your experience or know someone who does?
Support Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Part of my philosophy is being open with my patients and their families to ensure that they feel as comfortable as possible through their cancer journey. To help you to visualise and understand my approach, I’ve put together a timeline of my normal day-to-day activities.

My day usually begins early in the morning, as I visit inpatients with my trusted clinical team. Depending on the specific needs of each of my patients, this may take some time as we ensure each feels comfortable and cared for. 

Depending on the day, I then either attend my clinic to see my patients, or go into theatre.

Read full article here
We are starting the new year with 
an additional Consulting Room:


Appointments available from
15 February 2017!

Late last year I had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr Krishna B. Clough, a world-renowned surgical oncologist and a pioneer in the concept development of oncoplastic surgery techniques.
Dr Clough is also founder of France’s first breast care centre, 
The Paris Breast Centre, which is now the leading private institution in breast cancer surgery in France. 

Through Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr Clough for a series of patient consultations and surgeries as well as speaking at a Lifehouse seminar on Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery.

I believe that no matter our level of skill or our profession, we are always learning. I learn every day from my patients and peers and was grateful to make the most of Dr Clough’s visit, working together to continue to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Support the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation
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Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier · Chris O'Brien Lifehouse · Level 4, 119-143 Missenden Road · Camperdown, NSW 2050 · Australia

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