Macclesfield breast surgeon tells of devotion to job

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Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon Mr Jalal Kokan told aspiring young doctors at King’s Girls Division “devotion to work and to helping people is necessary for a career in Medicine.”

Talking as part of a series of career-based talks for pupils considering their future professional lives, Mr Kokan, who is based at Macclesfield Hospital, said: “You need to be a very focused person. You need to love talking to people and want to understand people, and more importantly you have to be totally devoted to your work. It takes at least five years to graduate as a Doctor and then another five years of training if you want to become a GP or 10 years if you want to become a Consultant. I consider myself to be very fortunate and experience a very high level of job satisfaction.”

He told the girls that as more and more people are being cured, the satisfaction of the role was immense, but, “sometimes you can’t cure people and that is something you have to get used to. It’s part of growing up and maturing as a doctor and a human being. Even then you can always do so much to make a life better.”

Mr Kokan explained the diagnostic approaches and treatment options for women with breast cancer. He said: “One in 8 women in Britain will be diagnosed with breast cancer and, for every 150 women diagnosed, one man will be diagnosed with the disease. But treatment options have come on in leaps in just the time that I have been a consultant and further advances will be made in the future. Nowadays we know so much more about prevention of breast cancer, as well as having a host of treatment options available to us so that breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. More and more people are living 10 and even 20 years after a diagnosis.”

Principal of King’s Girls’ Division Helen Broadley said: “Mr Kokan has done so much to help so many local women facing, what are probably the most difficult times of their lives, always working with good grace, good humour and wonderful professionalism. It was so nice to see that calm reassuring bedside manner come out when he spoke to our girls.”

Pictured are: pupils Fiza Kokan, Ffyona Booker and Mr Kokan.