Breast Pain Clinic

A new breast pain clinic has opened at the Doddington Hub offering support for concerned women with breast pain. The clinic offers a fast service in a local location.

This new one-stop specialist clinic will be held at Doddington Community Hospital. It will allow the quick assessment and support of women in the community with breast pain only, providing there is the absence of a lump or any other abnormalities. Patients with a breast lump(s) or other abnormalities will continue to follow the usual 2 week wait (2WW) pathway.  

Breast pain alone (mastalgia) has no association with breast cancer and it affects up to 80% of women. It can be related to the menstrual cycle (cyclic breast pain) or not (non-cyclic breast pain).


Under the new system, women over the age of 16 with breast pain will be booked directly into the breast pain clinic, where they will see a breast specialist. Breast pain and family history of breast cancer will be assessed together, by a doctor or Breast Specialist Nurse during their appointment. 

The clinic will enable a breast specialist to carry out a detailed breast cancer risk assessment and ask about any family history. Women who have had breast pain alone with no abnormal findings and no increased risk of breast cancer will be reassured and supported with pain treatment advice. 

Following the risk assessment the specialist’s aim is to identify women with breast pain who may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer in the future. This would offer the opportunity for prevention and earlier diagnosis. Patients identified at increased risk would be referred directly to the specialist Family History Team. 

If necessary, following a consultation which needs further investigation, arrangements will be made for patients to be seen in one of the main hospitals.  If you have any queries please contact: 01733 673060 

Useful Links and Breast Pain Leaflet:

 

Breast Pain (mastalgia)

https://youtu.be/zCF484XgoE4

Breast examination:

https://youtu.be/C_iEIyyw1LA

Breast Pain Patient Information Leaflet:

bcc71_breast_pain_2018.pdf (breastcancernow.org)

 Patient leaflet - Breast Pain 

 

For GPs:

 

 
The aim of the new Clinic is to ensure that women in the community, with Breast Pain only, get reviewed by a Breast Specialist, this will be in a timely way. 

Following the risk assessment the specialist’s aim is to identify women with breast pain who may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer in the future. This would offer the opportunity for prevention and earlier diagnosis. PPatients identified at increased risk would be referred directly to the specialist Family History Team. 

If necessary, following a consultation which needs further investigation, arrangements will be made for patients to be seen in one of the main hospitals.    

Patients identified at increased risk would be referred directly to the specialist Family History Team. 

Available Breast Clinics:

 

2WW Breast

2WW priority

Suspect Lump

Surgery Breast

2WW priority

Other symptomatic breast (2WW) ex. Asymmetrical nodularity or nipple discharge

Surgery Breast

Other Symptomatic – Routine priority

Breast Pain Only

  

Eligibility Criteria for Breast Pain Clinic:

 

Female patients only

 

Aged >16 years old

 

Breast pain only (Absence of further Symptoms, such as: Breast lumps, Nipple Discharge etc.

  

Breast Pain Referral Form:

 
In the event only of the e-RS system going down, please email:

 peh-tr.2WWreferralspbh@nhs.net