Links with other services

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.

Contact Churchill Unit on: 01204 390

Clinical Health Psychology Service


The Clinical Health Psychology Service for cancer patients is provided by a small team of psychologist led by Claire Rehan. 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.


Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service at Royal Bolton Hospital

*Due to Covid-19 please phone or email us to check our opening times and availability before visiting our Centre.*

We provide free and confidential information and support for people affected by cancer. We can signpost to relevant benefits advice and other sources of support. You can find us on Facebook: Bolton Macmillan Cancer Info, and Twitter: @boltonmacinfo

We offer:

  • Cancer information materials
  • Cancer information materials in other languages
  • Telephone helpline
  • Benefits Advice
  • Outreach
  • Self Help & Support Groups
  • Signposting to other services
  • User groups
  • Opening times:

Open Monday- Friday 9.30am- 4.30pm* for drop-in visits (please ring beforehand before making a special visit as opening times may vary). *Excluding Bank Holidays

Find out more:


Clinical Research Team

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.

The following is a list of the breast cancer trials we are currently recruiting to at the Royal Bolton Hospital:

PRIMETIME – a study looking at whether some women who are at low risk of developing recurrence of breast cancer, could safely avoid radiotherapy.

TIP – a study to see if taking a short course of a tablet called Rivaroxaban before surgery can reduce the rate at which the cancer cells change.

LORIS – a study to see if women with newly diagnosed low risk Ductal Carcinoma in-situ can safely avoid surgery and just be monitored annually.

POSNOC – a study to decide if women with 1 or 2 positive armpit lymph nodes could safely avoid further armpit surgery.

Pre-BRA – a study to look at pre-pectoral breast reconstruction in women having had a mastectomy.

The SMALL StudyOpen Surgery (WLE) versus Minimally invasive vacuum Assisted excision for smaLL screen-detected breast cancer – a phase III randomised multi-centre trial. (Opening in the next few weeks)

Further information can be found at:

Further information on clinical trials can be found on by using the search facility for clinical trials. If you would like more information the research nurses can be contacted on tel: 01204 390445 Monday to Friday, 8a.m. – 5p.m. and if they are unable to answer your call then please leave a message and they will get back to you.