At your clinic appointment a member of the Breast Care Team will take a medical and family history. You will then be examined. If any further tests may be required, they will be discussed with you. Most tests can be undertaken during the appointment.
If further tests are required it is possible we will give you the results on the same day. Please try to leave a full half-day open for your initial visit so that you can take advantage of this service if it is available. However, not all tests can be analysed the same day. If this is the case you will be asked to return to clinic for a follow-up appointment.
During your visit to the unit you will meet many different staff members, some of which are listed below:
- Clinic nurses understand the level of anxiety caused by coming to the clinic. They try to keep you informed at all times.
- The doctors in clinic have a specialist interest in the management of breast problems.
- Breast care nurses are experienced qualified nurses who have undertaken specialist training in the care of patients with breast problems. A specialist breast care nurse is usually present at the clinic during your consultation with the doctor.
The nurse will have the time to explain in more detail the information given to you by the consultant and to explain in more depth any treatment offered to you. You will have the opportunity to talk over any concerns or queries you may have.
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Please also let the clinic know before your visit if there are arrangements we can make for you, for example, providing wheelchair access, interpreters or signers.
The breast care nurse has specialist knowledge in all aspects of breast cancer. They have completed specialist studies in breast care and oncology nursing including advanced communication skills. They work only in breast care.
If you would like a copy of the GP letter after your initial consultation, your breast care nurse will coordinate this for you.
If required your breast care nurse can facilitate referrals to additional support services such as psychological medicine, physiotherapy, genetics etc.