Breast Cancer Care

Spire Portsmouth Hospital offers rapid access to specialist consultants and facilities for breast lumps that need investigating. At Spire Portsmouth Hospital we understand that finding a breast lump can be worrying so we try to make the process of diagnosis and treatments as easy as possible for you. 

For rapid access to expert care and support, call 02392 456172

What is breast cancer?
A woman's breasts go through many changes during her lifetime. These changes can take place during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding, the menopause, and may also be caused by changes in a woman’s weight.

In addition to normal changes, breast tissue can develop cells that result in benign or malignant cancerous growths. Although men have very little breast tissue, male breast cancer can arise.

If you are concerned about breast cancer please contact your GP. If your GP decides to refer you for further tests, you may ask for a private referral to Spire Portsmouth Hospital.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
If you find anything unusual or have any concerns regarding your breast health, you should consult your GP in the first instance to find out more information. Typical symptoms include:

  • change in the size and/or shape of your breast, eg flattening or swelling
  • dimpling of the skin (skin looks like the texture of orange peel)
  • change in the position of the nipple, eg newly inverted (turned-in) nipple
  • any discharge from the nipple (unless you are breast feeding and it’s milky discharge)
  • a rash or crusting on the nipple or surrounding area
  • swelling or a lump in the breast or armpit
  • veins which stand out more than usual
  • any changes in sensation, especially if in one breast only
  • constant pain in part of the breast or armpit

Screening for breast cancer
Breast cancer screening can either be done as part of a routine appointment (for women over 50 there is a national screening programme), when you find a lump, or your breast feels different or painful. Screening consists of a mammogram, which uses an x-ray to scan the breast to see if there are any abnormalities. If abnormalities are found, a biopsy may be needed for a more conclusive result.

After screening
If the results are positive for breast cancer a fast track appointment can be arranged with either of our two Breast Surgery Consultants, Mr Avi Agrawal and Miss Lucy Mansfield. They would both be able to talk you through the process and arrange surgery.

Cancer treatment after surgery would then be arranged with one of our specialist oncologists who would decide on the best course of treatment for you. This may be chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a combination of both. Radiotherapy is run through Cancer Partners UK. All our cancer services are available on site.

If you have noticed a change in the shape of your breast or noticed a lump on your breast or underarm, please contact your GP for a referral. To arrange an appointment or to find out more please contact us on 02392 456172 or email

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