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Cancer screening and treatment at the London Breast Institute

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Pioneers in treatment and research for breast cancer, led by world-class consultants

020 7908 2029

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place

London W1U 5NY

Consultant in theatres

Treating breast cancer

At the London Breast Institute, we know that by detecting the cancers at an early stage, we can put together a more effective treatment plan, but the type of treatment you will receive also depends if the cancer is invasive or non-invasive. Our specialist consultants will help to determine if the tumours have spread beyond the breast area by arranging various tests called ‘staging investigations’ after which the types of treatments can be planned and tailored to you.

Staging investigations

To determine the most effective treatment for breast cancer, our staging investigations will determine if the type of cancer is invasive (spread beyond the breast area) or non-invasive (localised).

Our staging investigations include

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    Blood tests

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    Chest x-rays (to find any tumours in the lungs)

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    Bone scan (to find any tumours in the bones)

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    Ultrasound (to find any tumours in the liver or ovaries)

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    CT scan of thorax, abdomen and pelvis

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    Breast MRI

Types of breast cancer treatment at London Breast Institute

Our treatment options fall into four broad categories: surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
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Surgery

After undergoing your screening tests and diagnostic procedures, and depending on the results, you will be able to book an appointment with one of our specialists breast surgeons. They will discuss your options on undertaking surgery, which can typically come in two forms: Lumpectomy, the removal of the detected lump within the breast; or a Mastectomy, the removal of the breast itself.

Should your specialist breast surgeon recommend undergoing a mastectomy, The London Breast Institute can also provide you with advice on reconstructive breast surgery.

Radiotherapy

Usually given after a breast conservation surgery and on occasion after a mastectomy, radiotherapy is a painless treatment given over the course of three to six weeks. High-energy x-rays are directed at the cancerous cells within the breast to help destroy and prevent any reoccurrence. Radiotherapy does cause some side effects, which your specialist consultant will discuss.
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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a group of anti-cancer drugs used to combat cancer cells. It can be done prior to breast surgery (as part of a larger treatment programme) or carried out on its own. The treatment can usually be carried out in cycles of three to six weeks. The medical oncologists will individually tailor your plan, and match your needs. The drugs affect all the cells within the body, and can cause side effects.
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Hormonal therapy

Not to be confused with HRT, hormonal therapy for breast cancer works by blocking the effect of the hormone oestrogen. In many patients oestrogen can promote the growth of cancerous cells, by blocking the effect, we can slow down the growth. Hormone therapy is only available to individuals with cancer cells displaying ‘positive hormone receptor cells’ which your breast care specialists can discuss with you.  

Treatment for non-invasive breast cancer

Known as Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), non-invasive breast cancer is generally confined to the ducts or lobules. Usually appearing as small white spots on a mammogram, called micro-calcifications) this type of cancer does not spread beyond the breast. DCSI can usually treated by complete removal of the affected area by a procedure known s as wide local excision. Other options also include lumpectomy and total mastectomy.
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Consultants at the London Breast Institute

Consultant

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Kefah Mokbel

Consultant Breast Surgeon

Specialties

Breast surgery,Women's health: Breast Surgery,Reconstructive Breast Surgery,Breast cancer

Works at

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Harley Street Clinic

Sydney Street Outpatients and Diagnostic Centre

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Katy Hogben

Consultant Breast Surgeon

Specialties

Breast surgery,Women's health: Breast Surgery,Breast cancer,Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Works at

The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre

The Princess Grace Hospital

Consultant

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Christina Choy

Consultant Surgeon

Specialties

Breast surgery,Women's health: Breast Surgery,Breast cancer,Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Works at

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Harley Street Clinic

Sydney Street Outpatients and Diagnostic Centre

Chiswick Medical Centre

Consultant

Nicholas Perry

Consultant Radiologist

Specialties

Clinical radiology

Works at

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Harley Street Clinic

Consultant

Michael J Michell

Consultant Radiologist

Specialties

Clinical radiology

Works at

Chelsea Outpatient Centre

The Harley Street Clinic

The Princess Grace Hospital

Consultant

Anmol Malhotra

Consultant Radiologist

Specialties

Clinical radiology

Works at

The Princess Grace Hospital

Chiswick Medical Centre

The Harley Street Clinic

The Wellington Hospital

Consultant

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Shirley A Bradbrooke

Consultant Radiologist

Specialties

Clinical radiology

Works at

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Harley Street Clinic

Consultant

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David Evans

Consultant Radiologist

Specialties

Clinical radiology

Works at

London Bridge Hospital

City of London Medical Centre

HCA UK at Docklands

HCA UK at The Shard

Sevenoaks Medical Centre

London Bridge Hospital Private Care at Guy's

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Harley Street Clinic

The Lister Hospital

Consultant

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Laura Johnson

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Specialties

Breast surgery,Women's health: Breast Surgery,Reconstructive Breast Surgery,Breast cancer

Works at

The Princess Grace Hospital

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