Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the UK. This page gives you information about the treatment of Breast Cancer. It also has information about our Breast screening programme.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the UK. Each year, we see over 4,000 new patients and diagnose 450 new breast cancers. This makes the Breast Unit at the Linda McCartney Centre one of the most experienced in the UK.
We provide patient-focused care in a clean and pleasant environment. If you come to the Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal you can expect:
We run the National health Service Breast Screening Programme for women between the ages of 47-73 years old. You will be invited for breast screening via your GP practice. Regular screening is important. Patients who have had breast cancer or who are high-risk of developing the disease are put on a mammographic surveillance program at the Linda McCartney Centre.
Your test results are discussed by the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This is a group of cancer experts who provide support, advice and help you decide the best treatment path if cancer is discovered. Members of the MDT include: breast cancer surgeons; specialist breast cancer nurses; clinical and medical oncologists (specialists in the treatment of cancer using radiotherapy and chemotherapy); pathologists (tissue specialists); radiologists (who will undertake and report on x-rays and scans); palliative care experts (skilled in caring for patients with advanced disease).
This is surgery to rebuild the breast mound to match the remaining natural breast. It’s an option to consider if you undergo mastectomy or lumpectomy. Many women choose to use a false breast (prosthesis) instead. We can perform the procedure at the time of the initial operation, or at a later date. Types of breast reconstruction include:
These operations are often combined with breast corrective surgery. This surgery aims to match your new breast as closely as possible to your existing breast. Techniques include:
Breast screening can detect breast cancer at a very early stage. We diagnose around 300 new cancers each year due to our regular screening programme. See below in the Breast Screening section for more information
Your GP will refer you to the hospital for further investigation if you have any unusual lumps in the breast. We will see you for an appointment within two weeks at the rapid diagnosis clinic.
We perform the tests you need for cancer diagnosis in one clinic visit at the Rapid diagnosis clinic.
Several tests are performed:
Tissue samples are sent to a tissue expert (pathologist) for examination under a microscope. This is the only way to confirm – without doubt – the presence of cancer.
The majority of our patients get a final diagnosis before leaving - and most do not have breast cancer.
Several treatment paths are open to you if breast cancer is detected. See our breast cancer treatment page for more details.
Treatment starts within 31 days of the cancer being diagnosed. A specialist nurse will stay with you for your treatment journey. The nurse is available to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Am I at Risk of Breast Cancer?
You may be at risk of developing breast cancer if there is a family history of the disease. We have strong links with the regional genetics service. The family history risk assessment clinic has been established for 15 years and is the largest in Merseyside and Cheshire.
You may have increased risk if you have:
Treatment is given in the Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and in our inpatient wards.
Radiotherapy is performed at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
The clinic uses evidence-based research in the assessment process. The assessment is a process where family and personal information is gathered.
Visit the National Breast Cancer Screening website which has lots of information including downloadable leaflets and a list of frequently asked questions.
Local support group - The Lily Centre
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm and a 24 hour answer phone is available
The Lily Centre is open to all women and men who have experienced breast cancer, as well as their families and friends. They offer welfare benefits advice and other services including therapies such as Reki and Reflexology.The centre is run by women who have had breast cancer.
Clinical trials give patients access to new treatments as soon as they become available. Evidence shows that these patients often have a better outcome.