A person with a suspected breast cancer should be referred to a breast or general surgeon who is a member of a breast cancer multidisciplinary team.
All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is cancer that starts in any part of the breast. Most breast cancers start in the breast lobules or ducts.
What tests are needed?
Common tests used to diagnose breast cancer include:
- physical examination
- blood tests
- imaging - mammogram, ultrasound, CT scan and/or MRI scan
What treatment options are there?
Treatment for breast cancer may include one or more of the following:
- targeted therapy
- hormone therapy.
If treatment is specialised and complex, patients may need to travel to have part of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.
How common is breast cancer in NSW?
Breast cancer was diagnosed in:
Data source: Cancer statistics NSW portal (sourced from Institute Data Warehouse, Cancer Institute NSW. Available at: www.cancer.nsw.gov.au/cancer-statistics-nsw#/)