MedTech Week Magazine 2019 At a glance

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I am particularly pleased to see so many examples of companies reaching out to their communities and engaging with employees – after all, medtech is really about people rather than technology.

Serge Bernasconi
Chief Executive, MedTech Europe
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Perspectives The best breast cancer treatment for you
Diagnostics, Patient

The best breast cancer treatment for you

No two women are the same, and neither are their breast cancers. Cutting-edge genomic tests can be valuable tools for determining the best treatment for you.

Perspectives Getting back in the game
Orthopheadic, Patient

Getting back in the game

Osteoarthritis led to an imbalance and damaged cartilage, but my total hip replacement surgery enabled me to continue my career.

Perspectives How to keep smiling when you live with Atrial Fibrillation
Cardiology, Patient

How to keep smiling when you live with Atrial Fibrillation

As someone in their 70s with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), I couldn’t think of anything but my disease – until I was advised to have a minimally-invasive new procedure.

Perspectives Its not just a pacemaker but a smile maker and a dream maker
Cardiology, Patient

‘It’s not just a pacemaker, but a smile-maker and a dream-maker’

I am 38-year-old editor and a keen athlete from Costa Rica. In January 2015, I woke up with a terrible headache, but managed to go to work. Around midday my headache retuned with such force that it knocked me out.

Perspectives The comfort of recovering at home
Homecare, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Patient

The comfort of recovering at home

I developed life-threatening blood poisoning, requiring intravenous (IV) antibiotic treatment. After being hooked up to a drip in hospital for three weeks, I had had enough.

Perspectives Riding the tide of kidney disease
Homecare, Patient

'Riding the tide of kidney disease'

I had been managing kidney disease for my entire adult life – but that hasn’t stopped me pursuing my passion for caravanning and kite surfing.

Perspectives A remarkable recovery from a severe stroke
Cardiology, Innovation, Patient

A remarkable recovery from a severe stroke

At the age of 33, I was paralysed on my left-hand-side and struggling to speak, following a stroke in the early hours of the morning. After a minimally-invasive procedure, the clot was removed and I walked out of hospital within 24 hours without symptoms.

Perspectives TAVI transformed my life
Cardiology, Patient

‘TAVI transformed my life’

I thought my breathlessness and fatigue were part of the ageing process, but the symptoms were due to a serious heart condition.

The best breast cancer treatment for you

No two women are the same, and neither are their breast cancers. Cutting-edge genomic tests can be valuable tools for determining the best treatment for you.

Christine Santerre

Patient Advocate

When I was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, my surgeon told me about a diagnostic test that could provide more information about my tumour. I chose to have surgery and take this recommended test on the advice of my surgeon. The genomic test was able to analyse the activity of 21 genes that might influence how likely the tumour was to grow and respond to treatment.

As a trained biologist, I was able to discuss my illness with my surgeon at length, and he explained all the risks and benefits of chemotherapy. My surgeon also spoke with the hospital team in charge of my radiotherapy and everyone agreed to avoid chemotherapy and adapt my treatment only to radiotherapy and hormone therapy.

Nevertheless, the radiotherapy treatment was tiring and I had to significantly cut down on my workload. I’m grateful that I was able to continue working part time because it helped my overall wellbeing.

Like so many women who have experienced such an ordeal, life really changes after that. I appreciate everything much more than before. I am very happy that I did not have to take on the extra burden of chemotherapy, which I believe would have made my life even more difficult.

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had never heard of this diagnostic test. In addition to the savings in terms of treatment, I am convinced that this test gives women quality of life when they need it the most. I recommend this test to everybody who is able to have it!

While their names sound similar, genomic testing and genetic testing are very different. Genetic testing is done on a sample of your blood, saliva or other tissue and can tell if you have an abnormal change in a gene that’s linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. Genomic tests analyse a sample of a cancer tumour to see how active certain genes are. To learn more about genomic testing for breast cancer, visit

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