The patient pathway
The breast cancer service is co-ordinated by the Breast Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) . The dedicated team of breast cancer nurse specialists provide support to each individual through the patient pathway from diagnosis, to treatment and follow up including supportive care.
Patients are initially seen in the Breast Assessment Clinic - please follow this link for more information.
Information about the potential tests and procedure can be found by following this link to Radiology.
Key decisions regarding the diagnostic tests required and potential treatment options of each patient are made at the weekly MDT meetings which are attended by the members of the MDT. Patients are seen in clinic by the specialist or contacted by the breast cancer nurse specialist to discuss options prior to be seeing a surgeon or oncologist.
Patients are encouraged to ask any questions or raise any concerns during the clinic consultations and the team will do their best to help with any concerns. Written information is provided to patients about the diagnosis and treatment plan. Patients are given a copy letter of the consultations as a record.
There is a strong commitment to research and the MDT actively recruits to a number of multicentre clinical trials.
Additional support and information can be helpful and is worth discussing this first with a breast cancer nurse specialist to see what is the most appropriate intervention.