Breast clinic and breast cancer care
World-leading care and support for the quick assessment, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is most common in women who are aged 50 or over, but it still affects many women of all ages. In the UK, around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. At Cromwell Hospital, our breast cancer care service is led by expert breast surgeons who are supported by a team of dedicated breast cancer care nurse specialists.
We offer a full pathway for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other breast conditions. If you are worried about breast cancer symptoms, our rapid-access breast care diagnostic pathway offers same and next-day appointments with a breast consultant. Your consultation, mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy (if required) can take place on the same day to give you a quick diagnosis.
Our breast cancer care multidisciplinary team meets fortnightly to discuss each breast cancer diagnosis. This means all breast cancer cases are reviewed by a team of experts to ensure the best possible treatment and care. The breast multidisciplinary team is led by Prof Robert Leonard, Consultant Medical Oncologist.
A mastectomy is an operation to remove a breast and is an effective treatment for breast cancer. During a radical mastectomy, the entire breast is removed, as well as the lymph nodes in the armpit. The aim is to remove any cancerous tissues from your breast and surrounding areas, preventing the cancer from returning or spreading. To find out more, please visit: Mastectomy>
During a simple mastectomy, your surgeon will remove all of the breast and most of the skin covering it, while preserving the surrounding chest muscles and lymph nodes. The aim is to remove any cancerous tissues, preventing the cancer from returning or spreading. To find out more, please visit: Simple Mastectomy >
After a mastectomy, your surgeon may be able to use body tissue taken from elsewhere on your body to reconstruct the shape of your breast. One such procedure is deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap reconstruction, so-called because it uses a ‘flap’ of muscle, usually taken from your belly. To find out more, please visit: DIEP flap reconstruction>
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