Christina Choy

Christina Choy

Consultant Breast Surgeon

London

Tel: (0) 1245241346Email: teresa@privatemedicalmanagement.com

I specialise in...

  • Breast cancer treatment
  • Oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Aesthetic breast surgery
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Fat transfer to the breast

Accreditation and admitting rights

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Christina Choy

Miss Christina Choy is an experienced female oncoplastic breast surgeon with a specialist expertise in one stop rapid assessment for various breast symptoms and lumps, family history risk assessment and genetic testing, breast screening and counselling, and state-of-the-art management of both benign breast disease and breast cancer. She works at HCA hospitals in London with a group of dedicated multidisciplinary team members to provide holistic personal care using an updated cutting edge approach to breast management. She is a trustee for Breast Cancer Hope Charity which promotes breast cancer research to improve for breast awareness and disease treatment.

Training and experience

Miss Christina Choy qualified from the Medical School of the University of Sydney in 1986 and undertook her postgraduate training in surgery and have worked in various major centres in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK, including The Royal Marsden Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She worked as consultant breast surgeon in the NHS previously and was Lead of the Breast Service at the Homerton University Hospital.

She has worked in the private sector since 2003. From January 2017, she works exclusively for HCA private hospitals including the Princess Grace Hospital, the Harley Street Clinic, the Portland Hospital for women and the new HCA specialist unit at the Chiswick Outpatient and Diagnostic Centre.

Oncoplastic breast surgery

Oncoplastic breast surgery combines modern techniques in breast cancer surgery such as those that preserve the skin or unaffected tissue with the latest techniques in plastic surgery, including implants, skin flaps, nipple sharing grafts and fat transfer. The cosmetic results are excellent compared to breast cancer surgeries of the past, lessening the emotional impact of treatment and boosting confidence.

Studies have shown that the removal of the whole breast (mastectomy) does not prolong life when compared to the removal of the tumour alone (lumpectomy). Lumpectomy or partial mastectomy preserve more of the breast allowing for optimal reconstruction of the breast shape and contours. Reconstructive surgery is often performed immediately after the cancer excision, but can be done at a later date as a separate procedure, if preferred.

Sentinel node biopsy

In cases of invasive breast cancer, the lymph nodes under the arm need to be assessed to determine if cancer cells have spread. If ultrasound and fine needle biopsy show no evidence of the lymph nodes containing cancer cells, a procedure called axillary sampling is generally carried out.

Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a technique that allows for accurate sampling of the glands. Prior to breast cancer surgery, the surgeon injects a small amount of blue and/or radioactive dye into the breast revealing the first, or sentinel, lymph nodes. One or two of these glands are then removed for examination by a pathologist. If they are clear, the decision may be made that no further armpit surgery is required avoiding the problems associated with lymph node clearance (lymphedema, arm stiffness and pain). However, if the sentinel glands do contain cancer cells, all the armpit glands will need to be removed.

List of services

Miss Choy provides specialist care for:

  • One stop rapid breast assessment – with 3D mammogram, ultrasound scan, MRI breast scan
  • Breast screening
  • Risk assessment and counselling, including life style holistic approach, genetic testing, risk  reduction surgeries
  • Breast lumps
  • Nipple discharge
  • Nipple areolar rash and itchiness
  • Breast pain and discomfort
  • Male breast lumps and swelling - gynaecomastia
  • Axilla lumps and swelling
  • Breast cancer treatment (surgery using an Oncoplastic approach and reconstruction with implants, flaps and fat transfer (liporemodelling). A well known team of Oncologists and specialist breast care nurses provide support with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrine and immunotherapy)
  • Breast reduction
  • Mammoplasty
  • Breast augmentation
  • Cosmetic breast surgery
  • Lymphedema management

A highly experienced female consultant breast surgeon, she understands that women of some nationalities and faiths may prefer undergoing treatment with a female breast surgeon and is more than happy to respect any religious and cultural patient needs.

Clinical interests

Research interests

Miss Choy is actively involved in research and has worked in conjuction with the pathology department at St Bartholomew's Hospital on a study of the gene arrays and demographic data of young women, particularly Afro-Caribbean women and other ethnic groups, presenting with breast cancer.

Other projects that she is involved in include research into barriers to women accessing early diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer in various ethnic groups (in conjunction with King's College Hospital, recently presented in Parliament for Black Afrocaribbean and Ethnic Minority Group, BAEM), the development of a 23 hours model for early discharge after breast cancer surgery and an audit to determine if sentinel node of highest isotope count can be the predictor of nodal status in breast cancer.

Publications

Miss Choy has published peer-reviewed papers in leading medical journals in the field of skin sparing mastectomy and reconstruction, ductal carcinoma in situ and lipofilling, including:

Nipple-sparing mastectomy using a hemi-periareolar incision with or without minimal medial-lateral extensions; clinical outcome and patient satisfaction: a single centre prospective observational study.  El Hage Chehade H, Headon H, Wazir U, Carmaichael AR, Choy C, Kasem A, Mokbel K, Am J Surg. 2016.

Clinical outcome and patient satisfaction with the use of bovine-derived acellular dermal matrix (SurgiMend™) in implant based immediate reconstruction following skin sparing mastectomy: A prospective observational study in a single centre. Headon H, Kasem A, Manson A, Choy C, Carmichael AR, Mokbel K, Surg Oncol. 2016.

Current treatment of DCIS. Choy C , Mokbel K , WJCO. 2015

Towards optimal treatment of DCIS. Choy C, Mokbel K, WJCO. 2014.

Evaluation of outcome after immediate breast reconstruction: prospective comparison of four methods. Gui G, Kodayaprath G, Tan SM, Faliakou El, Choy C et al. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005

Immediate breast reconstruction using biodimensional anatomical permanent expander implants: a prospective analysis of outcome and patient satisfaction. Maxwell GP, Gui G, Tan SM, Faliakou E, Choy C, A’Hern R and Ward A, Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003

Predictors of positive margins after local excision of ductal carcinoma in situ. Mokbel K, Choy C et al . Am J Surg. 2001

Adjuvant radiotherapy for DCIS. Mokbel K, Choy C, Carpenter R, Lancet. 2000

Professional details

Qualifications

FRACS, FRCS, FCSHK

Qualified in 1986 in Australia

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 3553082
    Date of registration: 30-Jul-1991

Languages spoken

  • Chinese
  • English

Treatments provided by Christina Choy

Initial consultation fee: £225

Follow-up consultation fee: £275

Miss Christina Choy offers expert detection and management of breast cancer and benign breast conditions and provides a full range of modern, oncoplastic surgical techniques and aesthetic breast procedures:

  • Investigation and treatment of benign breast conditions
  • Breast conserving surgery
  • Immediate breast reconstruction
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Flap surgery
  • Therapeutic mammoplasty
  • Breast augmentation
  • Mastoplexy (breast uplift)
  • Breast reduction
  • Fat transfer to the breast lipofilling)
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Family breast cancer risk assessment
  • Risk reduction mastectomies
  • Genetic risk counselling

Treatments, operations and tests

  • Breast biopsy
  • Breast enlargement
  • Breast exam and X Ray
  • Breast lump removal
  • Breast reconstruction surgery
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast removal
  • Breast tissue removal
  • Breast uplift
  • Breast X Ray (Mammogram)
  • Consultation with an ENT consultant
  • Fat transfer
  • Gynecomastia
  • Nipple correction
  • PET scan
  • Ultrasound of breast

Locations

The London Breast Institute  

Princess Grace Hospital
42-52 Nottingham Place
London
W1U 5NY

  • Admitting rights
  • Consulting room
Phone: +44 (0) 1245241346
Weekend and Afterhours: +44 (0) 7751769888
Fax: +44 (0) 1245477083
Secretary (Teresa Nash): teresa@privatemedicalmanagement.com
Weekend and Afterhours: christinachoy@hotmail.com

Other locations I work at

The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre  

13 - 18, The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre
Devonshire Street
London
W1G 7AF

Main phone: +44 (0) 1245241346
Weekend and Afterhours: +44 (0) 7751769888
Fax: +44 (0) 1245477083
Secretary (Teresa Nash): teresa@privatemedicalmanagement.com
Weekend and Afterhours: christinachoy@hotmail.com
  • Admitting rights
  • Consulting room

The London Clinic  

20 Devonshire Place
London
W1G 6BW

Phone: +44 (0) 1245241346
Weekend and Afterhours: +44 (0) 7751769888
Fax: +44 (0) 1245477083
Secretary (Teresa Nash): teresa@privatemedicalmanagement.com
Weekend and Afterhours: christinachoy@hotmail.com
  • Admitting rights
  • Consulting room

Chiswick Medical Centre  

Bond House
347-353 Chiswick High Road
London
W4 4HS

Phone: +44 (0) 1245241346
Weekend and Afterhours: +44 (0) 7751769888
Fax: +44 (0) 1245477083
Secretary (Teresa Nash): teresa@privatemedicalmanagement.com
Weekend and Afterhours: christinachoy@hotmail.com
  • Admitting rights
  • Consulting room

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