About the condition
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, with around 46,000 new diagnoses each year in the UK. There are many different types of breast cancer and treatment is influenced by the type, grade and stage of disease.
Symptoms to look for include:
- a lump or swelling in the tissue of your breast
- a change in the size or shape of one of your breasts
- discharge from either of your nipples (which may be streaked with blood)
- a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
- dimpling on the skin of your breasts
- a rash on or around your nipple
- a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breasts.
Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.
If any of these symptoms apply to you or if you have any concerns about similar symptoms, see your doctor. Alternatively you can book an appointment with one of our specialists by completing this form online or by calling 020 8247 3351.
Diagnosis and treatment at CCL
Cancer Centre London offers a friendly and comprehensive breast care service. We care for patients from assessment, diagnosis and treatment through to aftercare and support services.
‘One Stop Breast Clinic’
We offer a ‘One Stop Breast Clinic‘ for patients with any breast related symptom or concern, from a worrisome lump to nipple discharge. The Clinic involves a triple assessment offering a thorough and accurate breast cancer diagnosis. The entire process can take less than an hour. Find out more here.
If you are referred to CCL for diagnosis, you will receive world-class care tailored to your individual needs. Your consultant or oncologist will be experienced in dealing with breast cancer and will advise you on which tests are relevant to your individual symptoms.
At CCL, patients with breast cancer are treated by a multi disciplinary team. This team works together to create a treatment plan to suit the individual needs of the patient, and includes breast surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and breast care nurses. This ensures that each patient gets the benefit of several specialist opinions and individualised treatment plans are formulated.
All patients have access to highly trained Breast Care Nurses, available on site to answer queries about any aspect of the treatment process and for support during the treatment. Once a diagnosis of breast cancer is made, there are several treatment options available, which may be undertaken in combination or singularly, depending on the situation of each individual patient. They are:
- a lumpectomy, where only the affected tissue is removed
- a mastectomy, which is the removal of one or both breasts
At CCL we provide support that caters to both the physical and emotional needs of the patient, before, during and after treatment.
We offer a wide range of services for patients, as well as their loved ones, designed to make a very difficult time as easy as possible, and to give our patients the best treatment and support possible. Our support services include a specialist Breast Cancer Nursing service, counselling, specialist physiotherapy, group sessions and much more. You can find the full range of our support services here.
We’ll be with you every step of the way.
If you have any questions about cancer or would like to book an appointment with one of our specialists, complete this form online or call 020 8247 3351.
Breast Cancer Consultants