Breast Cancer

  • More than 400 women per year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the Tayside and North East Fife area
  • Women are cared for by a multidisciplinary team which includes nurses, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and allied health professionals
  • Ninewells Hospital is the screening centre for the East of Scotland
  • Chemotherapy can now be administered at Perth Royal Infirmary saving patients in the Perth area a trip to Ninewells
  • Support is offered by specialist breast care nurses at all stages of diagnosis, treatment, recovery and at recurrence and advanced disease
  • Women who have completed treatment for their breast cancer are offered participation in a programme with Breast Cancer Care- Moving Forward- living with and beyond breast cancer. The aims are to discuss and explore some of the issues that may affect them after treatment and gain information and support on how to cope with and adjust to life after treatment
  • Women are also encouraged to participate in Active ABC which is held weekly at the Institute of Sports and Exercise, University of Dundee. This is an exercise programme for keeping active during and after breast cancer treatment
  • This is the only Scottish centre which offers women the opportunity to participate (if eligible) in the study of intra operative radiotherapy (TARGIT )
  • At any one time, there are a number of clinical trials being carried out in breast cancer and patients will be asked to participate if the trial is judged to be clinically appropriate by the multidisciplinary team. Trial participation is entirely voluntary
  • Links to other sources of information: Cancer Research UK, Breakthrough Breast CancerBreast Cancer Care