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Date: 09 November 2018

1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The journey from diagnosis, through treatment and post-treatment into survivorship, can often feel frightening and isolating. 

At The London Clinic our dedicated team of Specialist Breast Cancer Nurses provide psychological and nursing support to our patients and their loved ones, every step of the way. 

Group photo of the Clinical Nurse Specialists at The London Clinic

Early detection and diagnosis is key – what signs should people look out for?

A lump could indicate cancer, as could a change in the breast, such as skin irritation, breast or nipple pain, discharge, nipple retraction, or thickening of the nipple, or breast skin. A change doesn’t necessarily mean cancer, but it is best to get it checked. 

In our international award-winning cancer centre at The London Clinic, we use state-of-the-art technology to provide accurate diagnosis of cancerous cells, staging and molecular typing, to decide upon the best individual treatment options.

What are the treatment options? 

This depends on the size, stage and type of cancer. In most cases, the tumour will be removed surgically and this is often followed by one or more therapies and treatments, to prevent the cancer from spreading or recurring. 

The diagnosis and treatment options are discussed between a multidisciplinary team of experts and the patient, to create a personalised plan.

What physical side-effects should a patient expect and how are patients supported during this process?

We provide patient-centred care before, during and after the treatments, to support the patient’s individual needs and to minimize side-effects. 

Side-effects can range from pain, fatigue, nausea, and issues such as bone loss, heart problems, cataracts, sexual problems, or menopausal symptoms – amongst others. But it very much depends upon the individual case.

A possible post-operative side-effect following breast cancer surgery, can be shoulder pain, stiffness and restriction of arm movement from ‘cording’ – a build-up of scar tissue. If this occurs, our physiotherapy team provide manual therapy and physical exercises, to address any issues around discomfort that could impact upon daily activities, or further treatment decisions.

Every case is different and various factors will determine the type and severity of the side-effects, but in each instance, our specialists will determine the best possible methods by which to prevent or reduce the effects and to minimise the risk of further complications. 

What about emotional and psychological side-effects?

Being diagnosed with cancer is devastating. People can experience a range of emotions – shock, fear, confusion, anger, anxiety, depression, even guilt. 

Emotional well-being is of paramount importance to mental and physical health. We provide complementary therapy and counselling services to support patients and their loved ones. 

Our specialist nurses are devoted to patient care and have a wealth of expertise, experience and empathy to share with our patients, on a one-to-one basis.  

This extends to survivorship, which can bring with it new challenges, as a result of the trauma experienced, both mentally and physically. We have implemented Moving On, an initiative to help cancer survivors address these issues. The programme comprises of a series of workshops focusing upon nutrition, exercise, emotional wellbeing and medical management, to ensure a successful transition into the next stage of life, post-cancer. 

What is the future of breast cancer?

With ongoing pioneering research around the globe, there is a positive movement towards finding more targeted therapies, better forms of diagnosis and ways of identifying aggressive tumours. Delivering the right treatment with advanced medicine, technology and expertise, will increase survival rate and personalised care and will help to reduce the trauma of breast cancer.  

As a charity as well as a private hospital, The London Clinic invests all profits into the advancement of healthcare.

For enquiries, or to book an appointment please call: 020 3918 9135 or email: info@thelondonclinic.co.uk

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