Breast cancer patients are treated with care and respect by a multi-disciplinary team delivering the latest high quality surgical and oncological care for all stages of breast cancer.
If you are concerned you may be affected by the recently announced issues relating to the national NHS Breast Screening Programme, you can find more information through the NHS choices website or by phoning the helpline 0800 169 2692.
Frimley Park Hospital's breast unit boasts one of the best survival rates for breast cancer in the UK treating around 230 new patients with breast cancer each year.
Our recent survival statistics have shown our five year survival rate to be 92% which is above both the national and regional averages. The unit has a major commitment to research and enters patients into a wide range of breast cancer trials, as well as the national mastectomy audit.
Breast symptoms are investigated using state-of-the-art digital mammography, ultrasound and MRI scans. The radiology department is supported by three consultant breast radiologists and two specialist breast radiographers. Our oncoplastic breast surgeons offer a wide range of surgery techniques including the full repertoire of reconstructive options.
The unit is supported by two specialist breast care nurses and one oncology breast care nurse who also attends St Luke's Cancer Centre.
Referrals originate from the Jarvis Screening Centre or from GPs for the diagnosis and treatment of all breast conditions and for family history risk assessment.
Symptomatic breast care services are based at the Parapet Breast clinic at King Edwards VII hospital in Windsor.
Referrals originate from the East Berkshire NHS breast screening programme and from GPs, for the diagnosis and treatment of all breast conditions.
Surgery (including reconstructive surgery) is at available at Heatherwood or Wexham Park. If you require radiotherapy this will be done at Mount Vernon Hospital or The Royal Berkshire Hospital (if you live in Bracknell it may be possible to have radiotherapy in the Bracknell clinic). Chemotherapy is given at the Eden Unit, Wexham Park.
There is a team of breast care nurses based at the Parapet. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer a named nurse will be your key worker during your care. They will explain your tests / treatment options and support you and your family. You will also be given written information about the type of cancer you have, your treatment options, and other sources of support, such as the Macmillan cancer support.
If you need to contact the breast care nurse team please call 01753 636821. Unfortunately, it is not possible for the team to see patients without prior appointments.
The Macmillan cancer information and support centre based in Wexham Park hospital can provide information, guidance and support to all patients with a cancer diagnosis at any stage of their treatment. They are also there to support your family, friends, care givers and other health and social care professionals.
Pink Rainbow support group runs for all those affected by breast cancer in South Bucks and East Berkshire every 2nd Tuesday of the month 6.30-8.30pm at The Running Man café, All Saints church, Windsor SL4 4JW.
Cancer rehabilitation programme (Berkshire)is provided in partnership with Macmillan cancer support, Royal Berkshire NHS foundation trust, Frimley Health NHS foundation trust, Berkshire Healthcare foundation trust, Relate and Sport England. If you’re registered with a GP in Berkshire, you can access a range of support tools to help you cope with living with, recovering from and life after cancer. This service is local, with all activities being held in leisure centres and community centres across the county, and flexible to meet your needs as they change over time.
At the Parapet:
Breast clinical nurse specialists: 01753 636281
The support groups we run are
The Moving on Programme - this is a six week education programme for patients who have completed their breast cancer treatment. We run this group three times a year at Frimley Baptist Church. If anybody is interested in attending or would like more information please contact the breast care nurses on 01276 604945 to book a place.
The Kindred Spirit Breast Cancer Choir – meets Thursday evening 7.30pm to 9pm at Cove Methodist Church, Cove Road, GU14 0EL. This is a choir for patients treated for breast cancer (primary or secondary). If you are interested in attending you can either turn up or ring Lani 07530 849921.
Macmillan cancer support - The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre can provide information, guidance and support to all patients with a cancer diagnosis and at any stage of treatment.
They are also there to support your family, friends, carers and other health and social care professionals.
www.breastcancercare.org.uk - Breast Cancer Care
www.breastcancernow.org.uk - Breast Cancer Now (this is Breakthrough Breast cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign working together)
www.macmillan.org.uk – Macmillan Cancer Support
www.nhs.uk/livewell - advice on diet and exercise
www.fountaincentre.org/ - The Fountain Centre, a drop-in centre within St Luke’s Hospital, Guildford.