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Following a recent expansion of our clinic with new, fully equipped consulting rooms and an imaging department with state of the art equipment, ROC is excited to announce that we will soon be commencing a new breast clinic service at our Westhill premise.
Our Breast clinic service is provided by a team of highly experienced and dedicated professionals who are focused on delivering high standard, individualised care to all our patients. We provide patients with access to highly skilled surgeons, breast imaging services, provided by highly skilled radiographers and radiologists specialising in breast imaging.
We can offer state of the art 3D mammography combined with the use of Artificial Intelligence software to assist the radiologist reading the images. ROC is delighted to be the only healthcare facility in the North-east using AI in clinical practice.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women with one in eight women being affected. The incidence of breast cancer increases dramatically over the age of 40 with 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer aged over 45 years of age.
It is now widely recognised that self-examination plays a vital role in the fight against breast cancer with research showing that this can be as effective as breast screening in the detection of early cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment of benign (non-cancerous) lesions is also beneficial as some may lead to an increased risk of developing cancer at a later stage.
Breast screening is now accepted as the most effective method for detecting early breast cancer and the UK has a national screening programme with women aged 50-70 years being invited for a mammogram every 3 years. There is much discussion about the frequency of breast screening with screening frequency ranging between 1-3 years. Recent advances in mammography techniques combined with the use of Artificial Intelligence can increase the diagnostic capability of this exam particularly in women with dense breast tissue that has previously made detection of small lesions more difficult.
If you have recently noticed any changes in your breasts or have any concerns regarding your risk of developing breast cancer. please contact the clinic in order to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist breast team.
What Breast Clinic Services are available at ROC?
As part of our breast clinic service, we provide the following:
Routine consultations:: This is an opportunity for individuals to address any general concerns and to be examined by one of our breast care specialists with initial investigation of any abnormality detected.
Mammography: This is widely recognised as the main screening tool for breast cancer in patients over 40 and is vital in the diagnosis and staging of detected breast cancer lesions. It is vital part of the monitoring process for women with a strong family history of breast cancer or for those who have had previously had treatment or surgery for breast cancer. Here at ROC the use of AI assists our Consultant Radiologist in reporting our mammogram images.
Ultrasound: For patients under 40 years of age ultrasound is the preferred imaging method for investigation of breast lumps. This may be done in conjunction with mammography or ultrasound guided biopsy in order to provide an accurate diagnosis.
Breast density and personalised risk assessments: Our personalised risk assessment programme is focused on ensuring that all our patients receive the best possible care, completely focused on their individual needs.
Biopsy: The reason for the biopsy is to determine if lump is benign or malignant. Following administration of a local anaesthetic a small tissue sample will be collected using a fine, hollow needle and ultrasound or mammography images to guide the radiologist. This sample will then be analysed to determine the nature of the identified lump.
One Stop Clinic: At ROC we are delighted to be able to offer our patients the opportunity to benefit from our one stop clinic service that provides a triple assessment of any breast abnormalities including consultation and examination with one of our experienced breast surgeons, mammography or ultrasound examination and fine needle biopsy if required, thus providing a full diagnostic assessment in one appointment. This significantly reduces the time between initial investigation and diagnosis with this often being the time of greatest anxiety for a patient.
Why choose the ROC Breast Clinic?
At ROC we are committed to providing individualised, patient focused care. Highly skilled and experienced specialists combined with state of the art equipment allow us to provide our patients with expert advice and guidance on all possible treatment and management options for their breast care needs.
We are proud to have a team of experienced consultant breast surgeons who are at widely recognised as experts in their field, working within both the NHS and private sectors. Our Imaging team led by a Consultant Radiologist who is highly skilled in all forms of breast imaging includes advanced practitioner radiographers with specialist mammography and breast imaging experience.
This team of specialists work closely together utilising our high specification diagnostic imaging equipment including 3D mammography imaging and the use of artificial intelligence to assist in image interpretation providing patients with a service of the highest possible standard.