This is done by a triple assessment:
To deliver these comprehensive diagnostic tests, I work in a tight-knit team including specialist breast radiologists and pathologists (doctors who assess the biopsy sample under the microscope) . I am also very grateful for the invaluable aid that the breast care nurses provide to both me and my patients.
The treatment of breast cancer will vary depending on the stage at which it is diagnosed and the results of the personalised microscopic analysis of the cancer cells.
Most commonly, a treatment plan will include surgical removal of the cancerous cells, in conjunction with further treatment with radiotherapy (using targeted radiation to selectively kill the cancerous cells) and/or drugs (chemotherapy, hormonal treatments and biological treatments).
There are 4 main surgeries:
Choosing the right surgery will be based on a number of different factors. I strive to ensure that all the choices made are as a result of shared-decision making with the patient. As a team, we aim to maximise the patient's wellbeing, both physically and psychologically.