"Breast Cancer diagnosis, no stone left unturned! "

About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Breast surgery

(as the patient),

I have had a recent stay at the QE hospital after having a mastectomy for lobular breast cancer. I'm posting this as I had no lumps, no bumps, nothing but a funny shape and the skin felt different.

Nothing showed on mammogram or ultrasound and it took core biopsies to confirm it. At no point did My doctor or the wonderful staff at the QE hospital make me feel like a paranoid female. So please ladies, trust your instincts however much you want to run away and hide The fear of the unknown is worse than anything else in the world.

Ward staff were wonderful, I felt very much cared for.

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Response from Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to comment on your treatment at the Breast Screening Unit. We understand how stressful any breast symptom identified by individuals can be and continually do everything we can, through our “one stop clinics”, to make the process of giving a diagnosis as quick and easy as possible. You are so right to point out that not every person with a breast cancer can feel a lump in the breast and there are a range of symptoms we all need to be aware of, this link will take you to our symptoms leaflet which shows the things you would want to get check with your GP, http://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/users/user1/breastscreening/0486%20GHNHS%20BS%20Symptoms%206ppv6.pdf. I will ensure your comments are passed onto the team, and I wish you all the best in the future Thank you Julie Tucker Health Improvement Practitioner (Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening)

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