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Breast cancer information for patients

Diagnosing and treating breast cancer


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Clinic locations

About your appointment

Coming to an outpatient appointment can be stressful. You can bring a friend or relative with you to support you and help remember the information you are given. If you have any questions, it may be helpful to write them down beforehand so you get the most out of your appointment.

  • Before your appointment

    Please bring:

    • records of previous breast examinations or tests, eg x-rays or mammograms (if you have any)
    • any medications prescribed by your GP.
  • Cancelling or changing your appointment

    Make or change an appointment online or by telephone. Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer your appointment to another patient.

  • Clinics

    See the top of the page for the clinic locations.

    Clinics held in the Breast Unit:

    • one stop (diagnostic) clinic: Monday - Friday, 9am - 11am
    • results clinic: Monday - Friday, 11am - 1pm
    • follow-up clinic: Monday - Friday, 1pm - 4pm.

    Medical and clinical oncology clinics:

    • medical oncology clinic: Mondays and Thursdays
    • clinical oncology clinic: Mondays and Thursdays
  • At your appointment

    If you are a new patient, you will see either a consultant breast surgeon or an advanced nurse practitioner. You can expect to be in the department for about two to three hours. We will do our best to make sure you have all the tests you need at your first clinic visit.

    This may include:

    • a mammogram
    • an ultrasound
    • a needle biopsy.

    You may need to return for your results on another day. If this is the case, an appointment will be made for you before you leave the department.

    Specialist breast nurses are available at all clinics.

    As this is a teaching hospital, students supervised by qualified staff might be involved in your care. It is valuable training for students and does not affect the quality of your treatment in any way, but please tell us if you do not want them to be present or involved. We will always respect your wishes.

After your appointment

We will write a letter to your GP and send a copy of this to any other health professionals involved in your care. Your doctor will ask you if you would also like a copy.

  • If you need treatment 

    We provide all the services you may need, such as:

    • image guided biopsy
    • surgery - this may take place in the day surgery unit, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery, or you may need to stay on Sarah ward at Guy's Hospital or Alan Apley ward at St Thomas' Hospital.
    • radiotherapy
    • chemotherapy
    • genetic assessment.

    Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments are commonly given as an outpatient, so you will not need to stay overnight in hospital.

Breast cancer support group

We offer a drop-in support group for patients diagnosed with breast cancer and their carers. It has information about all aspects of cancer and can provide complementary therapy and psychological support. See the Dimbleby Cancer Care page.

Related services

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