Our dedicated team of senior doctors and specialist nurses diagnose and treat breast cancer and non-cancerous breast conditions.
If you need to see our breast service you will receive excellent support and care from your first appointment and throughout any ongoing care you may need. Our specialist breast care nurses will be with you every step of the way.
If your symptoms are causing concern, in some cases you may come into our one-stop breast clinic – this allows assessment, diagnostic tests and a diagnosis all in one appointment. This means a treatment plan can be out in place as soon as possible if required.
We take a truly holistic approach to your treatment so, as well as ensuring you receive excellent clinical care, you will also receive support from a clinical psychologist to help with your mental wellbeing.
If you need surgery, we offer a full range of options and your doctor or nurse will discuss these with you. If you need a mastectomy, we will talk to you about whether it is more suitable to have an immediate reconstruction, or to wait and have delayed reconstruction after all your other treatment is complete.
Consistently rated in the top ten providers of cancer (Macmillan cancer patient experience survey)
Our skilled consultants are able to carry out reconstruction procedures using implants and muscle flaps so you can have the best cosmetic outcome. We also offer reconstruction of the nipple and areola, along with any surgery you may need on the remaining unaffected breast to improve symmetry.
We know that some treatments can have side effects. For example, anti-hormone tablets are used to treat some breast cancers but can lead to bone thinning and osteoporosis if not carefully monitored. We are unique in offering a bone health clinic especially for breast cancer patients so we can monitor this.
Hot flushes can be worsened by some of the treatments used against breast cancer. We are currently piloting the benefits of acupuncture to alleviate these effects, please talk to us if you think you would benefit from this.
Holistic care – clinical psychologist support alongside breast care nurse
Much of your care will be carried out in one of our general hospitals in North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham. Follow up clinics also take place in our community hospitals allowing you to receive part of your care closer to home.
Similarly if you need chemotherapy we also offer this at our general hospitals along with Alnwick and Berwick infirmaries. Whilst most treatment are available within the trust, if you need radiotherapy we have close links with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle.
First bone health service in the country for breast cancer patients
Our support doesn’t stop once you have finished or are nearing the end of your treatment. We have an innovative programme called Moving On for survivors of breasts cancer. This offers the opportunity to get together with others who have been through a similar experience, and advice on many aspects of getting on with our life after treatment. Many patients have told us that they find this very beneficial.
From April 2018, there will be a change to the follow up care across the country for women for who are considered to be at low risk of recurrence. Up until now we would have seen you at regular check-up appointments but from this time we, along with all other providers, will be working with you towards self-supported management if this is appropriate. Rather than having regular check ups, you will be provided with support and information to help manage your own care. As part of this we have developed a patient portal which is full of helpful information, support and contacts. Your nurse will talk to you about this and provide details.