A Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

If the results of your tests show you have cancer you may find it hard to take in all you have been told. It may help to have someone with you who can listen and ask questions.

Once you have had time to take in the diagnosis you may want to speak to our specialist breast cancer nurses again to go over what was said, to get more information to allow you to make an informed choice about what is best for you in terms of treatments. There is no right or wrong way to deal with a diagnosis of cancer.

Some patients want a lot of information, some a little at a time. What is important is that you have the time to make decisions that are comfortable and right for you and your family.

The treatment of breast cancer is directed at removing or destroying all of these cancerous cells, whether by cutting them out at an operation, or by destroying them with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Which type of treatment you require depends on the type of breast cancer, whether the cells have spread outside their normal position within the breast, or whether they have spread outside the breast. Your breast surgeon will discuss the options available for you and help guide your decision.