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The breast service provides diagnosis and treatment of symptomatic benign and malignant breast disease.

Our breast cancer patients receive excellent supportive care throughout their journey from our skilled team of breast care nurses. We believe in holistic patient treatment so, in addition to excellent clinical care, patients also receive support from our clinical psychologists. 
 
Our dedicated team of senior doctors and specialist nurses treat breast cancer and benign breast conditions.
 
We offer a full range of surgical treatments for all types of breast cancer and a full range of breast reconstruction procedures. Patients who need mastectomy, and who are suitable for an immediate breast reconstruction, are offered this option and we provide a full range of reconstruction procedures using implants and skin and muscle flaps.
 
For those patients unable to, or who would rather have,an immediate reconstruction, we offer a delayed procedure when other treatment is complete. We also provide reconstruction of the nipple and areola, and any further surgery required to the remaining normal breast to improve symmetry and the cosmetic outcome of reconstruction.
 
We run special bone health clinics to monitor any bone thinning in patient’s prescribed anti-hormone tablets and give treatment to support bones while anti-hormone tablets are being taken. Anti-hormone tablets are used to treat some breast cancers but, if not carefully monitored, can lead to osteoporosis.  This monitoring takes place in our bone health clinics dealing specifically with breast cancer patients - a service unique to Northumbria. 
 
We have an innovative ‘Moving-On’ programme to assist patients who survive breast cancer. This programme has received very positive feedback from the patients involved. 
 
We are currently piloting the use of acupuncture to treat hot flushes which can be worsened by some of the treatments used against breast cancer. The potential benefits of this programme are currently being evaluated but please talk to us if you think you could benefit. 
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Clinics 

One-stop diagnostic breast clinics and surgery takes place at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals. 
 
Chemotherapy is offered at our general hospitals and at Berwick and Alnwick infirmaries.  While most treatments are available within the trust, we maintain close links with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle for those patients who need to be seen there for radiotherapy required as part of their treatment.
 
Follow-up clinics are held in in our main general hospitals and in our community hospitals allowing patients to receive this part of their care close to their home.
 

 

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Mr Sunil Amonkar - Consultant oncoplastic breast and g...
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Mr Michael Carr - Consultant breast, endocrine and gen...
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Associate Professor Neil Mclean - Consultant plastic an...
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Mrs Kath Atkinson - Clinical nurse specialist breast ca...
Mrs Atkinson supports breast cancer patien...
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Mr Magdi Youssef - Consultant breast and reconstructio...
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Dr Wendy Carr - Breast Physician ...
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Mrs Pamela Turnbull - Clinical nurse specialist breast ...
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Dr Ramesh Kasaraneni - ...
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Miss Lynn Turner, lead clinical nurse specialist in bre...
Miss Turner areas of specialty are breast disea...
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Mrs Karen Edwards - Clinical nurse specialist in breast...
Mrs Edwards supports of patients with brea...
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Miss Paola Serra - MD, FRCS (Plast), Pg.Dip. Oncoplast...
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Ms Nicola Johnson - Macmillan clinical nurse specialist...
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Mr Sebastian Aspinall - Consultant breast and endocrine...
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