Our breast clinic provides a responsive diagnostic and treatment service with diagnosis at the first outpatient visit and seamless onward care. This service is achieved by a multidisciplinary approach between pathology, radiology, surgery, medical oncology and radiotherapy, including care throughout from specialist breast cancer nurses.
We offer all aspects of surgical care including onco-plastic surgical approaches for breast conservation and immediate and delayed breast reconstruction. We use the sentinel node approach to minimize adverse effects which women can experience after more extensive axillary surgery.
We see both men and women with breast disease. These include both benign and malignant conditions of the male and female breast.
We treat more than 150 women from the local area with breast cancer each year as well as patients diagnosed elsewhere, but referred for their treatment at UCLH. We see many more patients with benign breast conditions such as fibroadenomata, breast cysts and breast infections. We see the majority of new patients within ten days of receipt of their referral, which exceeds the Government's two-week target.
A clinical nurse specialist will always be present when a patient is told of a diagnosis of breast cancer. This breast cancer nurse will be their key worker throughout their treatment programme. They will be able to provide rapid access to services and provide practical and psychological support both to the patient and their relatives.
All patients continue to have rapid access to the clinical nurse specialists whilst under the care of the breast Unit.
All patients will have an individualized care plan folllowing their surgical treatment.
Post-operative patients are initially seen 7-10 days after their surgery to discuss the pathology results upon which their treatment plan will depend.
All patients who have undergone surgery are discussed in the weekly multidisciplinary team meeting and are seen by the oncology teams where this is appropriate.
We provide full access to ancillary services such as physiotherapy and dietetics.