Cancer story told to increase awareness


Annette Reynolds shared her cancer journey on Keeping Australia Alive.
Annette Reynolds shared her cancer journey on Keeping Australia Alive.

The mother of four was filmed at Sir John of God Hospital in November last year while she was undergoing surgery for breast cancer.

She was under the care of her cancer surgeon Professor Christobel Saunders and her plastic surgeon Dr Mark Lee. She had a bilateral mastectomy and a scarless latissimus dorsi reconstruction.

Mrs Reynolds was diagnosed with breast cancer in July last year, a month after her 68-year-old mother was diagnosed.

As a result of the diagnosis, Mrs Reynolds and her family relocated from Dunsborough to Mandurah, where she had grown up.

Mrs Reynolds has now been given the all-clear from cancer but will remain on Tamoxifen for five years and is still undergoing reconstruction surgeries.

Her mother is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and recently finished chemotherapy.

Mrs Reynolds’ mother-in- law and her mother also had breast cancer. She hopes there is not a link from both sides of the family with the brca1 or brac2 gene abnormality, which can increase the risks for her children.

Mrs Reynolds agreed to take part in the series to help other women affected by breast cancer and to raise awareness. She is appreciative of the support she received from the Mandurah Cancer Council staff and their therapy programs.

For more information about Cancer Council services, call 13 11 20.