What happens at the clinic?
We aim to give you an answer to your problem at this visit. You will usually have to wait for a short time for some tests to be carried out and then another wait to see the doctor when we have the results. We can’t always say how long your visit will take but you may be in the clinic for most of the morning or afternoon. A Nurse Specialist is available in the clinic if you wish to discuss your breast problem with her.
What will the doctor do?
One of the breast clinic doctors will see you and examine you. This may be all that may be needed and the doctor will explain the cause of your problem to you.
When you see the doctor you can have a partner, relative or friend with you in the consulting room and they can stay with you while you are examined if you want them to. There will be a female nurse present while you are examined.
What tests will I have?
You may need an X-ray (mammogram) or ultrasound (hand held scan) of the breast. These will be done in the clinic. The doctor will then see you and explain the results to you. If you X-ray or ultrasound and examination are normal you may not need any more tests in the clinic and you can go home.
There may be no need for any further appointments or check-ups.
What happens if there is a lump?
If you have come to the clinic because of a lump, or the doctor finds one, it is important to find out what it is. If you have a cyst (a fluid filled lump), this can be emptied using a small needle.
If the lump is solid the doctor may remove some cells or breast tissue from it, again using a needle, and these cells/tissue will be looked at under the microscope. The results will take about one week to come through and usually we will give you an appointment before you leave the clinic to return to be told the results.
What happens if I have cancer?
Most patients in the clinic will not have cancer. For people who do have breast cancer diagnosed, the doctor and Nurse Specialist would discuss and plan the treatment with them. Everyone is different and what suits some people may not suit others. The Nurse Specialist is available to help and advise about any treatment.