Services

By: Cork Private Breast Clinic  05/12/2011
Keywords: breast cancer, breast care, Radiation Oncologists

0px; left: -10000px;">Breast care advice and counselling

Our Breast care nurse has undergone specialist breast care training. To ensure continuity of care and a full understanding of your situation, she is available for pre and post operative information, advice and support, for both out-patients and in-patients on all aspects of breast care, including: general health; self examination; breast screening; breast reconstruction; breast prosthesis information and fitting; hormone replacement therapy, with reference to the breast

Clinical assessment

o       Surgical

 Lump assessment 

For patients with a lump there is one-stop assessment by a breast surgeon, with appropriate imaging and biopsy.

 Mastalgia 

We have consultants with a particular interest and expertise in breast pain, prevention and treatment.

 Familial cancer 

Advice regarding genetic predisposition to breast malignancy and the appropriate investigations is available from a consultant surgeon with expertise in familial breast cancer.

 Reconstructive surgery 

Breast surgery to restore the shape of the breast following mastectomy, matching as nearly as possible to the remaining breast can be planned either as an immediate reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy operation or undertaken at a later date.

 Cosmetic surgery 

A complete range of cosmetic breast surgery procedures including mastopexy (breast uplifting), augmentation (enlargement), reduction, nipple reconstruction and correction of congenital deformities.

 o       Oncology

What is a medical oncologist? 

A medical oncologist is a physician specialising in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal, biological and supportive therapies. A medical oncologist is part of the multidisciplinary team of health care providers for a person who has cancer. Medical oncologists are not only involved in clinical care, but also contribute to cancer research (including biology, therapeutics, epidemiology and clinical outcomes research), health education, ethics and clinical teaching.

o       Radiotherapy

What is a radiation oncologist? 

A radiation oncologist specialises in the treatment of tumours with radiation.  The radiation oncologist works closely with the surgeons and medical oncologists to optimise treatment and follow up care for patients with breast cancer.  Radiation oncologists also contribute to medical research improving the efficacy and safety of radiation therapy.

Breast Imaging assessment

What is a radiographer?

Mammograms are performed by a speciality trained radiographer.  Radiographers have the responsibility for maintaining the quality of mammography to ensure they enable accurate diagnosis.

What is a radiologist? 

A radiologist is a doctor who has specialised in diagnostic imaging with an array of imaging technologies including mammography, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans.  Radiologists also perform biopsies, using ultrasound or mammography to precisely localise the area of interest for accurate diagnosis.  As the other specialities radiologist undergo continuous audit to monitor and improve practice as well as research into novel techniques and methods.

Pathological assessmnet

What is a pathologist? 

A pathologist is a doctor specialising in the analysis of fluid and tissue samples, which allow doctors to ultimately accurately diagnose and characterise medical problems.  Pathologists work with other doctors, medical specialty societies, medical laboratory professionals, and health care consumer organizations to set guidelines and standards for medical laboratory testing that help improve a patient's medical care and guide treatment, as well as ensure the quality and safety of domestic and international medical laboratories.

Breast care advice and counselling

Our Breast Care Coordinator is a nurse who has undergone breast care training. To ensure continuity of care and a full understanding of your situation, she is available for:

  • Liaison with ongoing referrals
  • Instruction in breast self examination
  • Information about breast screening

Clinical assessment

Surgical

For patients with a lump there is one-stop assessment by a breast surgeon, with appropriate imaging and biopsy.

We have consultants with a particular interest and expertise in breast pain, prevention and treatment.

Advice regarding genetic predisposition to breast malignancy and the appropriate investigations is available from a consultant surgeon with expertise in familial breast cancer. 

Breast surgery to restore the shape of the breast following mastectomy, matching as nearly as possible to the remaining breast can be planned either as an immediate reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy operation or undertaken at a later date. 

A complete range of cosmetic breast surgery procedures including mastopexy (breast uplifting), augmentation (enlargement), reduction, nipple reconstruction and correction of congenital deformities.

Breast Imaging Assessment

Here diagnostic imaging is used to investigate the underlying symptoms.

Mammograms are performed by a speciality trained radiographer.  Radiographers have the responsibility for maintaining the quality of mammography to ensure they enable accurate diagnosis.

A radiologist is a doctor who has specialised in diagnostic imaging with an array of imaging technologies including mammography, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans.  Radiologists also perform biopsies, using ultrasound or mammography to precisely localise the area of interest for accurate diagnosis.  As the other specialities radiologist undergo continuous audit to monitor and improve practice as well as research into novel techniques and methods.

Pathological assessment

All biopsies, if required undergo pathological review.

A pathologist is a doctor specialising in the analysis of fluid and tissue samples, which allow doctors to ultimately accurately diagnose and characterise medical problems.  Pathologists work with other doctors, medical specialty societies, medical laboratory professionals, and health care consumer organizations to set guidelines and standards for medical laboratory testing that help improve a patient's medical care and guide treatment, as well as ensure the quality and safety of domestic and international medical laboratories.

Oncology

The vast majority of patients attending the Cork Private Breast Clinic do not have breast cancer.  If this diagnosis is made however referral for ongoing treatment will be expediated.

  • What is a medical oncologist? 

A medical oncologist is a physician specialising in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal, biological and supportive therapies. A medical oncologist is part of the multidisciplinary team of health care providers for a person who has cancer. Medical oncologists are not only involved in clinical care, but also contribute to cancer research (including biology, therapeutics, epidemiology and clinical outcomes research), health education, ethics and clinical teaching.

  • What is a radiation oncologist? 

A radiation oncologist specialises in the treatment of tumours with radiation.  The radiation oncologist works closely with the surgeons and medical oncologists to optimise treatment and follow up care for patients with breast cancer. Radiation oncologists also contribute to medical research improving the efficacy and safety of radiation therapy.

Keywords: breast cancer, breast care, Radiation Oncologists