At Spire Southampton Hospital, Hampshire we understand the importance of breast awareness and know that the earlier breast conditions are detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. Patients with breast problems will be provided fast access to a team of breast care specialists at our Bupa approved breast cancer unit.
Our specialist breast care nurse will provide support and understanding every step of the way
If you detect a lump, you should see your GP, then following referral by your GP simply telephone 023 8076 4339 to arrange an appointment at our Breast Care Clinic. You will be seen by a highly skilled consultant surgeon who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. In addition to this, our specialist breast care nurse will provide emotional, practical support and understanding every step of the way.
During the initial consultation your medical history will be reviewed and you will undergo a full breast examination in the presence of a nurse. Following the clinical examination further tests may be required, such as a mammogram, an ultrasound or a needle biopsy. These will usually be carried out at your initial consultation and in most cases we will be able to make a diagnosis on your first visit.
What happens if you need treatment?
If a cyst is present, it is usually possible to take out the fluid with a syringe and needle, with excellent results.
If a benign (non-cancerous) lump is found, it can be removed under a general anaesthetic.
If tests confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer, your consultant will discuss treatment options with you. Treatment may include a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy. For suitable patients who require a mastectomy (removal of a breast), Spire Southampton Hospital offers access to immediate breast reconstruction surgery.