Ms Lucy Satherley

Ms Lucy Satherley

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Mastectomy and reconstruction
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy and lymph node removal
  • Breast lump investigation
  • Breast lump removal

I was appointed as a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in South Wales in 2020 and have expertise in the assessment and treatment of women and men with breast cancer and benign breast conditions. I work in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and operate on approximately 150 patients a year.

In addition to undertaking specialist training in all aspects of breast surgery, I have a PhD in Cancer Research and am one of very few breast surgeons to have undertaken formal training in Breast Ultrasound at the renowned Jarvis National Screening Centre with Kingston University and Mammographic Interpretation and Reporting with Cardiff University. In 2021, I graduated from the award-winning postgraduate diploma in oncoplastic breast surgery at the University of East Anglia. My unique skill set enables me to provide effective treatment for breast cancer whilst preserving cosmetic outcome wherever possible and enhances my ability to work effectively within the multidisciplinary team to deliver the best care for my patients.

My aim is to deliver excellent, holistic, individualised, patient-centred care. Experiencing symptoms such as a breast or armpit lump, nipple symptoms, pain or other breast change is understandably very distressing and I understand how daunting it can be to attend clinic. My “one-stop” breast clinic at Spire Cardiff provides rapid access to thorough clinical breast assessment, mammography, ultrasound and biopsy (if required) in a compassionate and caring environment. I pride myself on my ability to listen to patients to fully understand their concerns, to discuss clearly with them any results or investigations, to answer any questions and to support and guide them through any treatment in a professional and caring manner.

I graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2005 with Honours having been awarded Certificates of Clinical Excellence in Surgery, Medicine and General Practice. As an undergraduate, I was awarded an ERASMUS bursary to undertake biomedical research at the University of Oulu in Finland and a bursary by the University of Wales to undertake an intercalated degree in Exercise Sciences from which I graduated with 1st class Honours in 2003.

I entered surgical training in the Wales Deanery in 2007. During my training, I was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Adrian Tanner Prize in Surgery and the Welsh Association of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Prize.

In 2012, I began out of programme research with Cardiff University investigating the cellular mechanisms underlying cancer and was awarded the ME Williams Award, the William Morgan Thomas Award and the Michael Banfill Scholarship Award to undertake a clinical and research fellowship at two of the most prestigious academic institutions in Beijing, China. I was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Biomedical Research with Distinction in 2014 and my PhD in 2017.

I have expertise in the management of malignant (cancer) and benign breast disease, breast pain and perform oncoplastic breast conserving surgery, breast lump excision, mastectomy, wide local excision +/- localisation, sentinel lymph node biopsy, axillary surgery, nipple and duct surgery, skin sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction, therapeutic mammoplasty and excision of skin lesions such as skin cysts and skin tags affecting the breasts and axillae (armpits).

I am trained in diagnostic breast ultrasound, ultrasound guided needle aspiration and core biopsy and intraoperative breast ultrasound.

I am passionate about education and training and have taught on over 45 courses for undergraduate medical students, surgical trainees and other healthcare professionals. In 2022, I was appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University where I am Module Lead for Oncology and Surgery for the School of Medicine and Co-Lead for Professionalism. I tutor on the MSc Oncoplastic Breast Surgery programme at the University of East Anglia and lecture on the postgraduate Breast Imaging programmes at Cardiff University. I have taught extensively on Royal College of Surgeons courses and have published numerous books/chapters on surgery for both undergraduate and postgraduate trainees. I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Surgical Education with Imperial College London and am currently undertaking my Diploma studies.

I have a strong research interest and have numerous publications in peer reviewed medical journals. I have presented my work at national and international conferences, including several prize/papers of distinction sessions. I am an active participant in clinical audit, have a keen interest in Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) after breast surgery and am a Principal Investigator for trials at the Breast Centre in CAVUHB.


General Medical Council Number: C6115117

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Ms Lucy Satherley at Spire include:

Breast care and surgery

Other treatments

  • Axillary surgery
  • Oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Nipple and duct surgery
  • Wide local excision (lumpectomy) +/- localisation

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Additional information

Benign breast problems
Breast cancer
Breast surgery
Breast imaging
Breast care

BSc (Hons) / University of Wales / 2003
Exercise Sciences

MBBCh (Hons) / University of Wales / 2005
College of Medicine

MRCS / Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh / 2008

PGCert / Cardiff University / 2014
Biomedical Research

PhD Medicine / Cardiff University / 2017
Cancer Research

PGDiploma / University East Anglia / 2017
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

FRCS / Royal College Surgeons England / 2017
Fellow of Royal College Surgeons

FSTEd / Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh / 2022

PGCert / Imperial College London / 2023
Surgical Education

Professional memberships

Royal College Surgeons England

Faculty Surgical Trainers (MFSTEd), Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh

Association of Breast Surgery (ABS)

ABS Education and Training Network

ABS Clinical Practice and Standards Network

Association for the Study of Medical Education

Professional leadership

Clinical Senior Lecturer (Lead for Oncology and Surgery, MBBCh programme) Cardiff University
Surgical College Tutor, Royal College Surgeons England/CAVUHB/HEIW
Tutor, MSc Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, University East Anglia
Educational Supervisor and Personal Tutor, Cardiff University
Educational and Clinical Supervisor, Higher Surgical Training Programme, Wales Deanery

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon (Cardiff and Vale UHB), Clinical Senior Lecturer (Cardiff University.

Outside of work, my young family occupies much of my free time but I also enjoy charity fundraising through running challenges, playing the flute and the piano and fibre crafts including knitting and crochet. I am currently learning Welsh.

Private secretary Carol Matthews
Private secretary telephone 07597 360783
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