The Breast Unit has close links with many other departments in the hospital including the pathology and nuclear medicine departments who assist in examinations and diagnoses. Dr Mark Pearson, Consultant Histopathologist, is the Lead Pathologist for Breast Pathology and works very closely with the department.
Please find below information on a number of departments and services that we work with to support patients.
Churchill Oncology Unit
The Churchill Oncology Unit provides oncology and palliative care outpatient consultations, a range of therapies and supportive care services, information resources and outpatient chemotherapy to breast cancer patients.
A consultant oncologist from the Christie Hospital has outpatient clinics on the Churchill Unit and on diagnosis of breast cancer, patients if required will be referred into these clinics for their treatment plan in relation to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrine therapy and herceptin. Chemotherapy for breast cancer is delivered on the Churchill Oncology Unit, radiotherapy is delivered at Christie Hospital, Salford Royal Hospital and Royal Oldham Hospital, and endocrine therapy is commenced on the unit and then care is followed up by the patient’s GP.
Herceptin is managed by the Herceptin Team at Christie Hospital, however a small group of patients may receive this treatment on the unit. There is also a patient support group that meets on a monthly basis and any patient that attends the unit is invited to the group.
The Clinical Health Psychology Service for cancer patients is a small service and the main psychologist is Robin Muir. The service aims to provide a high quality assessment and therapy service for breast cancer patients. We offer a range of therapy services including supporting a person’s emotional and psychological adjustment to a diagnosis of breast cancer, coping with breast cancer treatment, managing anxiety/depression in response to cancer, adjustment to life after cancer treatment, or coping with recurrence or advanced breast cancer. The service also aims to: support cancer professionals with training and supervision; develop cancer professionals’ understanding of the natural emotional and psychological responses to cancer and offer a psychological perspective to staff caring for individual patients with persistent psychological difficulties following cancer.
The clinical research team works on clinical trials to research cancer treatments and run a number of trials for different types of cancer including breast cancer. The Breast Unit works with the research nurses to ensure that all patients are fully aware of and receive detailed information about any opportunities available to them to get involved with clinical trials.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
Royal Bolton Breast Cancer Support Group (Treasure Chest)
A breast cancer diagnosis can be a life changing experience bringing many fears for patients, their carers and family. As well as dealing with the treatments and possible side effects of those treatments patients have to come to terms with these changes, and the thoughts and feelings this can provoke, often over many years.
The Bolton Breast Unit believes that an integral part of survivorship is to help and support patients undergoing treatment and former patients to cope with their diagnosis, and provide peer support, encouragement and coping mechanisms, which can help people regain a sense of control over their lives.
The support group Treasure Chest is a patient-led group, offering patients a safe, confidential environment where they can talk openly about their cancer and express their emotions to someone who has had similar experiences. Additional services are offered such as finance talks, nutrition, exercise, relaxation and talks from clinicians depending on the needs of the group.
Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month. Please contact Julie on 07845 402025 for more information.