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Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, it mainly affects women, but it can also occur in men. The chances of getting breast cancer are higher in women above the age of 50. For this reason, regular mammograms once every three years are recommended.

 

Early diagnosis and timely treatment are key elements in successfully treating breast cancer while improving survival rates.

Rutherford Treatment Options

  • Proton Beam Therapy Available
  • Radiotherapy Available
  • Chemotherapy Available
  • Immunotherapy Available

Symptoms

Symptoms of breast cancer can be different from individual to individual, but some of the most common symptoms include: 

  • A lump in the breast or armpit
  • Change in size or shape of one or both breasts
  • Dimpled skin, like that of an orange peel
  • Nipple pulled inward, or change
  • Discharge from nipples

If you experience any of the above symptoms or feel a change in your breasts that isn’t normal for you, contact your GP who can refer you for further investigations.


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Breast cancer diagnosis

A diagnosis for breast cancer is made through various scans, tests and biopsies, which will help confirm details of the size, location and spread of the cancer.

Most common ways breast cancer can be diagnosed:

  • Mammogram
  • Ultrasounds
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Whole-body PET scan (this would show any areas with active cancer in the whole body).
  • Biopsy (to confirm whether a tumour is cancerous and where it has spread in the areas of the breast, underarm and nodes).
MRI Diagnosis

Treating breast cancer with proton beam therapy

Proton beam therapy can be an effective treatment choice for breast cancer, as it will precisely deliver maximum radiation to the tumour or cancer cells, while delivering minimal radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissues and organs that should be avoided, such as the heart and lungs.

The benefits of treating breast cancer with proton beam therapy

Proton beam therapy can help reduce radiation dose to the heart, which is important for breast cancer patients, as it may help avoid radiation-induced heart problems in the future. The dose to the lung can also be reduced, by using a method called deep inspiration breath-hold technique (DIBH). More information about DIBH can be found on our radiotherapy page.

An consultant overview - how proton beam therapy can help patients with breast tumours

Proton beam therapy is highly accurate in targeting a treatment area. It can be used to treat hard-to-reach tumours in the breast, while lowering radiation exposure to surrounding vital organs, such as the heart and lungs.

Watch the video

An overview of how proton beam therapy works

Proton beam therapy is highly accurate in targeting a treatment area. It can be used to treat hard-to-reach tumours, while lowering radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and vital organs.

Watch the video

Further information & support

Being diagnosed with breast cancer and deciding on the best treatment can be daunting, for full details on breast cancer treatment options or to discuss a diagnosis, please contact our enquiries team. Our enquiries team will endeavour to help you assess your treatment options and advise which consultants could be best placed on planning your treatment pathway.

Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of information and support, as well as help with your practical, emotional, and financial needs. All telephone helplines are free and confidential, and interpreting services are also available.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00

(Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 8.00pm)

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

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