Assessment and diagnosis

The majority of women who have a screening mammogram can be re-assured that there is no sign of cancer. However, less than 10% of women will be recalled to an Assessment Clinic for further investigation. About 90% of those women recalled to assessment will also be re-assured that they do not have breast cancer. The further tests conducted at our Assessment Clinics may include additional mammography, ultrasound, clinical examination and needle biopsy.

The further tests conducted at our Assessment Clinics may include additional mammography, ultrasound, clinical examination and needle biopsy.

Our Assessment Clinics are multidisciplinary in nature and include radiologists, surgeons, breast physicians, pathologists, nurse counsellors and radiographers.  

If a breast cancer is diagnosed, the woman is referred to her GP, or to a breast surgeon working in a multidisciplinary team following consultation with the woman’s GP. The woman and her GP are kept fully informed of the results of assessment.

To find out about multidisciplinary care options and to find the most appropriate multidisciplinary team for your patient, use Canrefer. Canrefer is an online directory set up by the Cancer Institute NSW to help GPs, other health professionals, patients and their family members find cancer services by cancer type and location in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

 

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