Breast Cancer

Breast cancer begins in the cells of the breast tissue, typically in the milk glands, or milk ducts, (known as Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS). Breast cancer can also occur in the lymph nodes, especially under the arm. It is currently the most common cancer in the UK.

We offer a world-class breast care service including:

  • Breast screening
  • Investigations for those who are worried about symptoms
  • Surgery to remove cancer
  • Reconstructive surgery following cancer
  • Treatment with medicines, including chemotherapy and hormone therapy
  • Genetic Testing

Symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • A lump or pain in the breast or under the arm
  • A change in size or shape of the breast
  • An area of skin that seems firmer, or looks different
  • The nipple changes shape or starts to ooze.

When to come to us?

If you start to experience any of these symptoms, there are a number of initial tests needed to diagnose breast cancer. These include:

  • Discussing symptoms and medical history
  • A physical examination
  • Scans, such as a mammogram, ultrasound and MRI.

If these tests suggest cancer, a biopsy is needed. A needle is used to remove a tiny sample of tissue. This sample is then analysed to see if it is cancer and, if so, what type and how advanced it is. It can also be used to work out which treatment is most likely to be effective.

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you will have immediate access to world-class specialists and state of the art facilities.

We treat every patient on an individual basis. You will have the option to choose what you want, where and when. Our aim is to give everyone the best possible results.

Your consultant will work closely with other specialists on the multidisciplinary team to design a treatment plan for you. Options may include:

  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Surgery to reconstruct the breast
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Other anti-cancer drugs targeted at particular cancer types (Targeted therapy)
  • Radiotherapy.

We have a team of highly experienced Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) to support patient and consultant throughout the cancer treatment plan. They will work closely together to co-ordinate your care, and are there to advise and support you every step of the way.

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