Is it normal to be referred to breast clinic?
The two week wait is unfortunately the norm for referral to the breast care clinic. Even then, you are unlikely to get an immediate diagnosis, and may have to wait another 1-2 weeks for the results of any tests you have dome. It is particularly scary when you have a young family to worry about.
Are all breast referrals urgent?
GPs should also consider making a non-urgent referral for people aged under 30 with an unexplained breast lump with or without pain. Any non-urgent referrals will be seen as soon as possible (usually within two weeks in England). However, any referral decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Why would my doctor refer me to a breast specialist?
In most cases, people see a breast surgeon when their primary care doctor or other specialist refers them to one. Doctors often refer their patients to a breast surgeon to diagnose and treat a suspicious breast lump or change in the shape or texture of breast tissue.
When should I refer to a breast clinic?
Your doctor should offer you an urgent referral to a specialist if you: are over 30 and have a new breast lump. have a swollen lymph node in your armpit that doesn’t go away after 2 or 3 weeks. are over 35 and have lumpiness in your breast that doesn’t go away after 2 or 3 weeks.
How long does it take to get a breast clinic appointment?
Your breast clinic appointment may take several hours so that all the necessary tests can be carried out. You will usually have a breast examination, followed by one or more of the following tests: mammogram.
What is the next step after a breast ultrasound?
The most likely next step is a diagnostic mammogram or breast ultrasound. In some cases, a breast MRI or a biopsy may be recommended. Here are the different types of follow-up tests: Mammography can be used as a follow-up test when something abnormal is found on a screening mammogram or CBE.
What is the 2 week rule?
The 2 week rule (also called 2 week wait) is a referral for patients who have signs and symptoms that can be caused by cancer BUT in my experience, the majority of patients referred on this pathway do not have cancer.
Can I self refer to breast clinic?
Women who are 71 or over can still have screening by contacting their local screening unit and referring themselves. The new self-referral letter acknowledges that these women have requested screening.
What kind of doctor do you see for breasts?
WHO DO YOU CALL? In many cases, a gynecologist or family practice doctor will detect a breast abnormality during a routine exam or mammogram before a woman notices on her own.
Can I self refer to a breast clinic?
People who are having male to female gender reassignment may be screened as a self-referral at the request of a GP. If you have a symptom of breast cancer, you should see a GP in the usual way.
Where to find temporary covid-19 guidelines and referrals pathways?
During the current Covid-19 situation some specialities and other services have produced temporary guidelines and other advice, and you can find that at the Temporary Covid-19 Guidelines and Referrals Pathways button below. Please check this before proceeding to the individual speciality buttons.
When to see a specialist for breast cancer?
50 or over and have a change to a nipple, such as discharge or a nipple appearing to be pulled inwards You may also be offered an appointment to see a specialist if you have changes to the skin of your breast, such as puckering or dimpling.
When do you need a mammogram for breast pain?
If your medical history and the breast and physical exam reveal nothing unusual, you may not need additional tests. Mammogram.
Which is the best medication for fibrocystic breast pain?
Take a prescription medication. Danazol is the only prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating fibrocystic breasts. However, danazol carries the risk of potentially severe side effects, such as heart and liver problems, as well as weight gain and voice changes.