If your GP thinks you have symptoms that could be caused by breast cancer, they will refer you to the breast clinic to see a breast consultant.
At the breast clinic
The Trust breast screening clinic is located at Antrim Area Hospital and operates a ‘one stop’ breast clinic which usually means you can have your tests and get results on the same day.
At the clinic, a member of the breast nursing team will call your name and take you into a consultation room. The breast specialist will examine your breasts and the lymph nodes in your armpits. They will then explain which investigations you will need.
At the clinic patients may be asked questions about:
- symptoms- pain, lumps or nipple discharge
- whether they have been on the pill or HRT
- if they have children
- history of family breast disease
Specialist nurses in breast care are present at these clinics to provide information, advice, education and support to people attending the clinic.
For patients with a diagnosis of breast cancer the breast care nurse can also play a vital role and provide specialist support as a ‘key worker’. They will give patients time to ask questions and to talk to them about how their diagnosis is affecting them. Breast care nurses provide this specialist care to patients from the moment of referral and continue to offer support throughout their care.
Cheryl Gregg, breast care nurse, Antrim Area Hospital, Telephone: 028 9442 4000
Elaine Heaney, breast care nurse, Antrim Area Hospital, Telephone: 028 9442 4874
At the breast clinic, patients may then be sent for further diagnostic investigations by the breast consultant.
These investigations are detailed in our next section.