One Stop Breast Clinic

What is a One Stop Breast Clinic?

A ‘One Stop Breast Clinic’ is one in which patients with any concerning breast symptoms, such as a lump, asymmetry, breast pain, nipple discharge, or skin changes can be assessed in an outpatient clinic for an immediate and accurate diagnosis in a matter of hours. This approach to breast cancer diagnosis aims to provide convenience and reassurance to women. Often what stops women seeking a diagnosis for a suspected breast symptom is both the fear of the diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as the thought of having a lengthy waiting time to find out the test results.

A mammogram machine used in a One Stop Breast Clinic to help diagnose suspected breast cancer.

What happens at a One Stop Breast Clinic?

Breast screening at a One Stop Breast Clinic involves a triple assessment, which includes:

  1. Being seen by a specialist breast surgeon who does a clinical assessment, checking medical history, age of the patient, and a physical examination.
  2. Being seen by a consultant breast radiologist who will perform a mammogram (for those aged 40+) and an ultrasound scan.
  3. A pathological assessment is made by a radiologist who obtains a biopsy using image-guided techniques.

It is thought that when all three forms of assessment are used, the accuracy rate of diagnosis is more than 95%.

Following triple assessment, a symptom such as a breast lump can be identified as being either benign or malignant. If such a symptom is found to be benign, then the patient will not generally require further treatment.

If, however, malignancy is found, these results are normally made available within 2-5 working days. The patient will be informed and a personalised treatment plan will be made.

What are the benefits of a One Stop Breast Clinic?

The key benefits of taking the One Stop approach for breast cancer diagnosis are the following:

  • Quick access to appointments
  • Various clinic locations across the country
  • Being seen by experienced breast cancer specialists
  • Reduced diagnosis time, meaning treatment can commence as soon as possible.