The Voice (9/10/2020), when Claire Herlihy and Amy Barrow, Clinical Nurse Specialists from our Breast Care Team talked about Breast Awareness Month.
North Devon Breast Unit
Welcome to North Devon Breast Unit. We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive breast assessment for all people who present to our unit within two weeks of referral and most tests completed at your first visit. We see approximately 1600 new referrals each year and approximately 130 new breast cancers a year.
The breast team are here to help and support anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer or a breast problem. The breast care nurse specialists also known as ‘key workers’ or ‘Macmillan nurses’ are a consistent link between doctors and their patients who progress through different specialist services. The breast care nurses provide supportive services such as prosthesis fitting, seroma management, breast pain management and family history support. The North Devon Breast Unit is incredibly lucky to have dedicated lymphoedema nurse specialists to monitor and act quickly on any potential signs of lymphoedema which is sometimes a lasting effect from your breast cancer treatment.
North Devon Breast Unit has close links with the Royal Devon and Exeter Breast team who are able to provide support with more specialised investigations. Whilst we are able to offer implant based reconstruction in North Devon this may not always be suitable or the patients preference in which case other options are available at RD&E. We work closely with RD&E to ensure North Devon patients have equal access to all appropriate options.