Diagnosis, treatment and support for people with breast cancer and benign breast conditions. The One-Stop Clinic enables diagnostic tests to be carried out in one day. These are breast examination, mammograms, ultrasound scans and small needle biopsies. Results are then available on the same day. Larger needle biopsies can also be carried out with results available in a week.Thankfully, most of the people attending clinic will go home reassured that they do not have cancer. The small number that do, have the reassurance that their cancer can be treated by talking through an initial treatment plan, and most will know their treatment date. Breast reconstruction surgery can now be offered on site.
Shock, anxiety and distress are normal reactions to the diagnosis, and can interfere with taking in information. Therefore, all patients are offered the opportunity to discuss care and treatment, and any concerns or worries they may have before they start their treatment. This discussion is with their Clinical Nurse Specialist who is also their Key Worker. Ongoing support from the specialist nurses is available throughout and after the treatment pathway.Family History clinics are available for people concerned they may be at increased risk because they have close relatives who have had breast cancer.
The service is for anyone who has found a change in their breast that needs to be checked out by specialists, and for anyone concerned about their family history of breast cancer.
You can contact any of the specialist breast nurses, Vanessa, Andrea or Helen on 0161 922 6088, 6658 or 6685 for further information about any aspect of the service.
Inpatients are cared for in the Women’s Health Unit and the Breast clinics are in general outpatients. The specialist nurses are in the Darnton Building. The Family History clinics are in the Darnton Building.
You need to see your GP for referral to the service if you have a breast symptom. If you are concerned about your family history, please ask your GP to refer direct to the Family History clinic.
The One-Stop Breast clinics run all day Monday and Wednesday and are led by the specialist breast surgeons. There is a new low-risk breast clinic specifically for women under 35 that is held on a Thursday afternoon. The Family History clinics take place on Tuesdays and Fridays twice a month and are led by the Specialist Nurses. Specialist Nurses are available to provide support to patients during the day, Monday to Friday and have an answer phone for people to leave messages outside of these times.
Breast Cancer Care provides information and support for people with breast cancer and campaigns for ever improving standards of care. They also provide information on benign breast problems.http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/ . Phone 0808 800 6000
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and ultimate eradication of breast cancer through research, campaigning and education.http://www.breakthrough.org.uk/ . Phone 0808 010 0200
Macmillan Cancer Support provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. They also drive for better cancer care.http://www.macmillan.org.uk/ . Phone 0808 808 0000