What Changes Should I Look Out For?
- Presence of any lumps in the breasts or any thickening of the breast tissue.
- The nipple. If you noticed the nipple becomes flattened or inverted this must be checked.
- Redness, dimpling or puckering of the skin.
- Flaking, crusting or development of a rash on or around the nipple.
- Changes in the size or shape of your breast.
- Presence of constant pain in an area of your breast or armpit.
- Discharge from the nipple.
What is Breast Cancer? Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women in Ireland. About 1 out of every 12 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Early detection is key and combined with appropriate treatment gives the best possible outcome. Our internationally experienced Consultants work as part of an expert multidisciplinary team in ensuring that our patients receive the best treatment and care available.
What Tests Might Take Place During my Visit to Beacon Hospital Breast Centre? Tests will be advised on individual basis by your breast specialist depending on a number of factors such as symptoms and age. You may have a mammogram, an ultrasound, or both. After these tests your breast specialist may decide to take a sample from the lump. This may be taken by fine needle aspiration or by core biopsy. Further information on these tests can be found here.
When will I get my biopsy result? Results of a biopsy can take up to two weeks. We understand that this can be an anxious time for you and our breast nurses will be happy to talk to you at any time during this wait. You can contact our breast nurses on 087 127 0033.
Can I bring somebody with me to the clinic for support? Of course. We are aware that this may be an anxious time for you and that having the support of a relative or close friend can make all the difference. We would recommend that you don’t bring children with you. This is for your own comfort and that of your child. However, if this is unavoidable we suggest that you bring along someone to help mind them while you are being seen. There are some areas where accompanying persons are not permitted. If you are returning to the clinic for results we would recommend that you bring a friend or relative with you.
How long will my appointment at Beacon Hospital Breast Centre take? As appointments are scheduled we will aim to have you seen as quickly as possible. However, if you require a number of tests you appointment may run over time. It is possible that you may be with us for a number of hours and we would advise that you make allowances for this.
Do I need to bring anything with me? If you have ever had a mammogram or x-ray of your breast before it is important to bring these with you. You will need to contact the previous clinic to request copies of these films to bring with you. If you have any trouble getting these from your previous clinic please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. We do have a selection of magazines in our waiting area but we would recommend bringing something of interest with you to read while you are waiting. Wifi is available should you decide to bring a laptop or tablet with you.