Please contact your GP if you have noticed a new breast lump, skin or nipple changes in the breast to arrange an appointment.
The breast surgery team at Queen Margaret Hospital provide services for patients across the whole of Fife.
Use the section below to help you find answers to some of the common practical questions that you may have. Simply click on the blue panel and it will expand to give more information on the relevant section.
If you are being seen at the Queen Margaret Hospital you can find useful information by clicking on these links
Your letter will invite you to the Day Surgery Unit which you will find on Level 2 of the hospital. Speak to the staff at the reception when you arrive with your letter. You may also be treated at the Haemotology/Oncology Ward though most patients will have chemotherapy treatment or radiology treatment at the Edinburgh Western General Hospital.
Once your GP has been in touch you can expect to be contacted by us within 28 days.
You will need to have you Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDT) to discuss your treatment plan.
When you will meet the team.
What you will discuss.
Any questions that the patients might have.
Sometimes we do not think that chemotherapy or radiotherapy will help you. We will talk to you about symptom control and the best way to support you and your family. This is often called ‘best supportive care’. We often ask the palliative care team to meet with you in hospital or at home as they can help give advice on symptom management. We work closely with your GP and district nurses and together we can help to keep you in your own home as much as possible, rather than spending time in hospital.
Please let your consultant and your breast care nurse know what is important to you during these discussions.
Your first appointment will come to you from our Medical Records team and will give you a date and a time and information on which hospital you will be seen at. Make sure that your contact details are up to date with the team so that we can contact you if we need to rearrange or to allow us to offer you cancellation appointments if available.
The breast care nurse role involves providing practical advice and support for patients diagnosed with breast cancer and secondary breast cancer, throughout their treatment pathway. This includes diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, Endocrine therapy and enabling patients to move forward after treatment. The nurses liaise closely with the multi-disciplinary team involved in their care in order to provide a seamless service and provide ongoing physical , psychological, and practical support to the individual, their relatives, friends and carers.
Cancer Telephone Helpline
Is for patients currently receiving chemotherapy, radiotherapy who become acutely unwell due to treatment. Tel 0800 9177711
Offer practical emotional, psychological support to people diagnosed with cancer. Tel 01592 647997
Is a charity providing support for people living with and beyond breast cancer.
Provide information and support for everyone affected by cancer that includes welfare benefits, improving the cancer journey, move more fife.
The most effective way to feedback about your patient experience is to use the Care Opinion website. Care Opinion allows you to truthfully share your experience with us and with others. This site is moderated and your comments will be both seen and reviewed.
NHS Fife provides a range of ways in which you can communicate with us. You can use our website with its accessible functions, these will help you find and understand the information you need. You can also find a variety of translated materials in community languages and in British Sign Language.
If you require interpreting services, you can contact us by emailing [email protected], by calling 01592 729130, or using the NHS Fife SMS text service on 07805800005 which is available for people who have a hearing or speech impairment.