The breast service is provided by four dedicated consultants,
two associate specialists and a team of specialist nurses.
One-stop clinics are provided on all our four sites across the
The breast service starts with referral to the one stop clinic
at Darlington on Tuesday mornings (Brookstein) and Bishop Auckland
on Thursday mornings (Corner).
Patients usually receive the results of biopsies 48 hours after
Cancer surgery is within 31 days and excisional biopsy within
We offer a breast reconstruction service including contralateral
balancing where requested.
Oncoplastic techniques are used to reduce prospect of
unacceptable cosmetic outcome after excision and radiotherapy.
Clinical oncology clinics take place in local hospital and
chemotherapy is administered on site.
Patients travel to James Cook to receive radiotherapy.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community