The Cambridge Breast Clinic will provide you with a rapid diagnostic service and personalised treatment by Professor Gordon Wishart, one of the UK’s leading breast cancer surgical specialists.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your personalised care will be coordinated by Professor Wishart and may involve other members of the multidisciplinary team including specialist breast radiologists, oncologists, reconstructive surgeons and genetic counsellors. All breast cancer treatment conforms with UK national treatment guidelines, many of which have been influenced by research and clinical practice by breast cancer specialists from Cambridge.
Rapid & accurate diagnosis
The most important factor in obtaining a timely and reliable diagnosis is to attend a One-Stop diagnostic clinic, where all your required tests are performed during the first consultation. All diagnostic clinics run by the Cambridge Breast Clinic provide access to One-Stop triple assessment by breast examination, breast imaging (ultrasound +/- mammography) and biopsy if required. A study of over 7000 Cambridge-based patients by Professor Wishart has shown that triple assessment at a One-Stop clinic has a diagnostic accuracy of over 99.6%.
Excellent outcome results
The majority of patients diagnosed with breast cancer are treated by wide local excision (lumpectomy) and breast radiotherapy. In an audit of over 500 patients treated in Cambridge by wide local excision and radiotherapy, Professor Wishart has published a 5-year local recurrence figure of 1.1%. This compares very favourably with UK national guidelines of <5% and a target of <3%. Survival figures for breast cancer patients from Cambridge are among the highest in the country and comparable to the best countries in Europe (Scandinavia).
Access to state of the art treatment
All breast cancer surgery will be designed to provide the best possible cosmetic outcome, and patients who require mastectomy will have access to immediate breast reconstruction by specialist breast reconstructive surgeons. Sentinel node biopsy is performed using blue dye and a fluorescent dye to avoid exposure to radioisotope, a technique pioneered by Professor Wishart in the UK.
In addition to surgery, patients diagnosed with breast cancer may require chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiotherapy or targeted treatment such as Trastuzumab (Herceptin). Selection of the most appropriate combination of treatments has been facilitated by development of the Predict model by Professor Wishart and a team of clinicians and scientists from Cambridge. Predict is now the commonest predictive model used by UK breast surgeons. Patients who require radiotherapy will have access to Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), an innovative form of radiotherapy that reduces areas of over- or under-treatment.
Excellent patient feedback
In a survey of 89 patients treated by Professor Wishart, patient feedback was excellent in all aspects of the assessment with an average score of 4.88 using a scoring system from 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (Excellent).
|Unacceptable||Not very good||Acceptable||Very good||Excellent|
|Did Prof Wishart involve you in decisions about your treatment?||4.85|
|Did Prof Wishart listen to what you had to say?||4.87|
|Was Prof Wishart polite?||4.90|
|Would you be happy to be treated by Prof Wishart again?||4.90|
|Do you feel confident that your doctor is honest and trustworthy?||4.89|
|Did you feel confident with the advice and treatment by Prof Wishart?||4.89|
|Did Prof Wishart respect your views and wishes?||4.83|
|Did Prof Wishart explain your condition in a way you could understand?||4.85|
“I have absolute and total confidence in all aspects of Prof Wishart’s work.”
“I feel very privileged to have been and still to be in the care of Prof Wishart.”
“Prof Wishart is an excellent doctor, would not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family.”
“Prof Wishart is extremely helpful, kind and understanding.”
“I’m confident that I am in safe hands at this frightening time.”