I have symptoms, what do I do?

Common breast symptoms are:

  • Pain/tenderness
  • A lump in the breast
  • A lump under the arm
  • A change in the shape of the breast

Initially you should see your GP to discuss any breast symptoms that persist, particularly if you notice a lump in the breast or under the arm.

If you have had breast cancer diagnosed within the last five years, you can contact your specialist breast care nurse for advice.


Do I need to come to the breast clinic?

Many women can be fully assessed by their GP and you do not always need to be assessed in a specialist breast clinic. However, your GP may refer you to the breast clinic at the hospital to be seen.

We run a specialised clinic for new patients at the Nottingham Breast Institute. Please see the new referral clinic section.


How long will I have to wait for my appointment?

Waiting for an appointment is always a worrying time. You should be offered an appointment with a specialist within two weeks of your GP referring you.

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