Breast cancer is one of the most highly diagnosed cancers amongst women, not only is it imperative to regularly check yourself, it’s also essential to have easy access to first rate services.
The Wellington Hospital offer a premium breast cancer service designed to provide patients with a seamless breast care pathway, from your initial GP referral through to diagnosis and treatment. The one-stop symptomatic breast clinic sees women referred with breast symptoms and aims to investigate, clear or diagnose breast conditions in the course of a single visit.
Specialist Consultant Care
Delivered by leading consultants in the breast care field, if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your the team will consist of a breast surgeon, radiologist, reconstructive breast surgeon and oncologist. More about a multidisciplinary team.
Breast Care Nurse
The one-stop breast clinic has a full-time specialist Breast Care Nurse who will work as a core member of the multi-disciplinary team to co-ordinate care and provide information, advice and psychological support to patients undergoing treatment for both benign and malignant disease.
The service will ensure quality and continuity of care for women attending the clinic. Our nurse offers support to patients; before diagnosis in the diagnostic clinics, during diagnosis, during treatment and also as following treatment or diagnosis.
The Breast Care service at The Wellington is supported by the latest imaging technology, which is vital for early detection and improving outcomes. This state-of-the-art equipment will reduce the number of times patients need to be scanned, decrease waiting times and speed up diagnosis.
Equipment available :
- GE Digital Mammo Unit, The new Senographe DS mammography unit provides the latest advances in breast imaging. It combines the latest high-resolution digital technology with low-dose X-Rays to image the breast and detect even the smallest abnormality in breast tissue. Additional features include Senobright, a unique contrast enhanced technique for optimal visualisation of micro calcifications, and stereotactic biopsy capabilities.
Senobright, Senobright is an innovative breast imaging application that uses a special radiographic contrast agent combined with a dual energy spectral technique to depict the enhanced visualization of blood flow within the breast tissue and, in particular, the angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels) which may be synonymous with malignancy.
GE Ultrasound (LOGIQ® E9), Leadership ultrasound system with transducers & technology optimised to offer high image quality for breast imaging. The Volume Ultrasound suite enables the smallest details to be viewed with stunning clarity and pristine image uniformity.
- Mammotome Unit, The Mammotome Biopsy system is a vacuum-assisted system for breast tissue sampling and management. It enables breast biopsies to be performed under X-ray or Ultrasound control, using a less invasive approach that allows women faster recovery and less scarring, whilst giving both patients and clinicians diagnostic confidence.
- High Tech Mammo Reporting workstation, The Breast Care sevice has the latest version of the IDI Mammo Reporting Workstation. This includes 64bit software architecture and Windows™ 7 which enables the workstation to handle large datasets in parallel, including more than 10 sets of previous images. This allows even the most complex cases to be reviewed in an easy and intuitive manner.
- Breast Coil for 3T MRI scanner, Has increased sensitivity and specificity in comparison to the standard 1.5T. This is good for diagnosis in younger women.
Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
Only 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary but if there is a family history of breast cancer, this can be a big worry.Deciding to have a genetic test is a big decision for any man or woman and one that needs careful consideration.
Breast cancer genetic testing can examine, in detail, the DNA code for 10 genes which are known to cause an increased risk of breast cancer. It is performed on a blood sample and if possible it is always more informative to test a relative who has had breast cancer.
Based in the consulting rooms at the Platinum Medical Centre, GeneHealthUK offer screening for Breast Cancer which includes screening for genes BRCA 1 & 2. GeneHealthUk work closely with the Breast Care Nurse and are involved in MDT meetings where necessary.
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