After your assessment

When our specialist team have finished looking at your assessment information, we will contact you and let you know about your results and what you should do next

In most cases, you will be told your results on the day of your assessment clinic and you will receive a letter shortly afterwards. However, biopsy results may take 3 or 4 days, because the cells or tissue sample will need to be sent to a laboratory to be looked at under a microscope. If you have this test, you will be asked to return to the assessment clinic to receive your results.

It’s important to remember that most women (about 9 out of 10) who have an assessment will be reassured that they do not have breast cancer.

Your doctor will also receive your results, if you have given us their details.

Open biopsy

Sometimes, our doctors will need you to have an extra test after your assessment visit to confirm your result.

Some or all of the abnormal tissue will be removed under anaesthetic by a surgeon and sent to a laboratory to be looked at under a microscope. The pathologist (specialist at the laboratory) will be able to confirm whether the breast change is normal or as a result of breast cancer.

Our experienced nurse/counsellors are available to listen to your concerns before, during and after your assessment visit.

About cancer

About 1 in 10 women who attend an assessment clinic are told that they have a breast cancer.

If you are told that you have a breast cancer, we will ask your doctor to refer you to a breast surgeon for further management. Your doctor, in consultation with you, will work out a management plan for your on-going care and treatment. You should ask as many questions as you need to understand all about your treatment.

Our experienced nurse/counsellor is available to listen to your concerns before, during and after your assessment visit.

 

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