Professor Kefah Mokbel, Consultant Breast Surgeon

St George's Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital

Professor Kefah Mokbel is Honorary Consultant Breast Surgeon at St George's Hospital, London; Professor of Breast Cancer Surgery at the Brunel Institute of Cancer Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, London; and is a Consultant Breast Surgeon at the London Breast Institute at The Princess Grace Hospital. Prof Mokbel has been ranked as one of the top 5 breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. specialists in the UK and amongst the top 25 in the world.

In addition to his expertise in breast cancer surgery, Prof Mokbel founded, and is the president of, Breast Cancer Hope, a UK-based charity aimed to improving the quality of life in women with breast cancer. Alongside his interest in all types of breast surgery, Prof Mokbel has a specialist interest in the prevention of breast cancer including geneticRelating to the genes, the basic units of genetic material. predisposition, as well as the management of benignNot dangerous, usually applied to a tumour that is not malignant. conditions such as breast cysts and fibroadenomas.

Prof Mokbel graduated in 1990 from the London Hospital Medical College with several awards and the highest score of the year. In 1994 he received Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, England and was awarded a Master of Surgery degree in 2000 by the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine for his exceptional research into the molecular biology of breast cancer.

He says that the reason why he has such a good level of treatment outcome is because of his attitude to the care of his patients.

Personal treatment philosophy: I have a great passion for my work. I strive for excellence and perfection in the management of breast disease.

Articles: 
  • HRT: The Breast Surgeon's Perspective

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    Hormone replacement therapy (HRTAbbreviation for hormone replacement therapy, the administration of female hormones in cases where they are not sufficiently produced by the body.) alleviates the symptoms of the menopauseThe time of a woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovum) on a monthly cycle. and reduces the risk of osteoporosisA condition resulting in brittle bones due to loss of bony tissue. in post-menopausalAfter the menopause - technically only once a woman has had no menstrual period for one year. women. This article discusses the benefits and risks associated with HRT for women who have had breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..

  • Gynaecomastia

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    Gynaecomastia, in simple terms means abnormally large breasts on men and derives from the Greek ‘gyne’ meaning women and ‘mastos’ meaning breasts. The condition is relatively common and affects approximately 40% of men. Also known as man boobs or ‘moobs’, gynaecomastia often resolves by itself but can be treated through change of lifestyle, drug medication, or surgery.

  • Understanding breast cysts

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    Lumps in the breast caused by cysts are benignNot dangerous, usually applied to a tumour that is not malignant. and relatively common. This article discusses the symptoms, diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have. and treatment of breast cysts.

  • Understanding the causes of breast pain

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    Breast pain is extremely common and is rarely caused by cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. This article explains how breast pain is investigated and treated.

  • The causes and treatment of breast discharge

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    Although discharge of fluid from the nipple is usually due to hormoneA substance produced by a gland in one part of the body and carried by the blood to the organs or tissues where it has an effect.-related benignNot dangerous, usually applied to a tumour that is not malignant. conditions it can also be a symptom of breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. This article outlines the possible causes of breast discharge and explains how the cause is diagnosed and treated.

  • Reconstructive surgery following mastectomy for breast cancer

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    Approximately one in five patients with breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. will require a mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy. As mastectomy results in the distortion of the body image, it is natural for some patients to seek reconstructive surgery. However, some women are just relieved to have had the cancer removed and are not keen on having breast reconstruction. Although an external implant is available that can be put inside the brassiere, it may be inadequate for some women.

    The choice of reconstruction depends upon the woman's build, shape and size of her breasts, previous scars, and her own preferences.

  • Skin-sparing mastectomy for breast cancer

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    Breast reconstruction surgery provides huge benefits for women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. This article explains the benefits of a new surgical technique called skin-sparing mastectomy.

  • Are you at risk of getting breast cancer?

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    The risk of breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. increases with age but there are a number of other factors that also increase the risk. This article outlines these additional factors and explains what the implications of an increased risk factor are.

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