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Cancer patient readies for surgery with 'boobies' bash

Just days before a complex breast cancer operation, a Vancouver woman is raising awareness about the disease by holding a party with the tongue-in-cheek title: "Bye bye boobies.''

Vancouver woman holds tongue-in-cheek party to raise cancer awareness

Just days before a complex breast cancer operation, a Vancouver woman is raising awareness about the disease by holding a party with the tongue-in-cheek title: "Bye bye boobies.''

Brandy Lien Worrall says her 'boobies' party is a way of coping with her upcoming double mastectomy. ((CBC))

Brandy Lien Worrall says Wednesday night's bash in east Vancouver is a light-hearted way to prepare for her pending double mastectomy operation on April 15.

"Tonight will be a night of celebrating, coming together, sharing and laughter,'' Lien Worrall told CBC News during an interview Wednesday morning.

In keeping with that mood, she planned to keep party guests entertained with a lineup that features cash donations, boobie balloons and plastic boobie casts.

"It's a way of coping,'' said Lien Worrall, who has been through what she described as a  "pretty dark period in the last few months'' after learning that she would have to undergo a double mastectomy as well as reconstructive surgery.

"It helps to have a sense of humour,'' she said.

The party guest list includes members of the Canadian Cancer Society, the support group Friends for Life, as well as Lien Worrall's husband and two children.