Surgical Services

Breast Clinic discharge leaflet

This page is for people who have finished their breast cancer treatments and who are being discharged from regular follow-up.

It aims to answer some of the questions that you might have and to advise you what to look out for in future.

Why am I being discharged from the clinic?Show [+]Hide [-]

You have been seen regularly in the breast clinic to check that all is well following your previous breast cancer treatment.

You are now much less likely to develop problems as the risk of this reduces as time goes by. As it is now some years since you completed your treatment, the guidelines drawn up by the North of England Cancer Network advise that you be discharged from the clinic but we will readily see you again if you have a problem in the future.

What about mammograms in the future?Show [+]Hide [-]

Until now your mammograms have been arranged through the breast clinic. In future you will be sent an invitation to attend for your mammogram through the National Breast Screening Programme.

This would normally be done every three years and may be at one of the mobile units while it is in your local area. You do not need to have a mammogram done any more often than this.

Women over-73 are not routinely invited for mammogram but we would encourage you to request this by contacting the breast screening office:

  • Tel: 0191 282 0202.

What symptoms do I need to look out for?Show [+]Hide [-]

If you notice any of the following symptoms you should visit your GP for advice:

  • Recent changes in the area of your surgery including rashes or spots that don’t go away.
  • New lumps at the site of your surgery.
  • New lumps in the armpit or neck.
  • New lumps or changes in the other breast or armpit.

You should also visit your GP with any other changes in your general health, including;

  • New and persistent shortness of breath, or cough.
  • New and persistent back or neck pain.
  • New and persistent other aches or pains.

These symptoms may not be related to your previous breast cancer but your GP can advise you.

What if my GP finds a problem?Show [+]Hide [-]

If your GP feels there is a problem that needs checking or investigating, you will be referred back to the breast clinic where this can be assessed.

If you have any concerns or queries following your discharge from the breast clinic, contact your Nurse Specialist who will do her best to help:

Leaflet to download

You can download the information on this page as a PDF leaflet.pdf.

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