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Breast care nurse and multi-disciplinary team


Our specialist team support individuals being investigated or diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. We offer information, practical and emotional support throughout your medical investigations and subsequent treatment, if this is required.

Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT)

This is a team of professionals who provide care and support to you through the treatment you receive for your cancer.

The team meets weekly to confirm the diagnosis and plan a programme of treatment and care specifically tailored to your needs. This treatment plan will be discussed with you at your next clinic appointment.

Breast Care Nurse Team

We are experienced nurses who specialise in breast care including breast cancer. We will normally be involved in your care from diagnosis and will advise and support you throughout your illness. The Breast Care Nurse (BCN) service acts as a main link between you and others involved in your care.

We are based at Wycombe Hospital and travel to oncology clinics at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

What do the BCNs offer?

We are able to offer increased levels of support, advice and guidance to patients with cancer. All patients with cancer should have access to a BCN. We are usually present with the consultant when a diagnosis of cancer is given but if you are unsure whether you have seen one or not please feel free to ask your consultant.

We work closely with hospital nurses, doctors and other health care professionals to maximise the independence, dignity and quality of life of people diagnosed with cancer.

You may see us when you are on the ward, whilst having surgery, chemotherapy treatment or at your outpatient appointments.

What can the BCN offer me?

  • A contact point for people with cancer at any stage
  • Advice and support for you, your relatives, carers and friends
  • Help with physical symptoms such as pain or fatigue
  • Advice about treatment decisions
  • Information about your illness
  • Advice on your continued care at home
  • Someone to talk to about worries or problems
  • Advice on relationship, fertility or sexual problems
  • Signposting to support services such as the Macmillan Citizen’s Advice Outreach/Cancer Information and Support Services
  • A prosthetic fitting service

What is a Key Worker?

A Key Worker is usually a BCN who takes a key role in co-ordinating your care and promotes continuity, ensuring patients know who to access for information and advice.

Please be aware that you will still be cared for by other members of the BCN team and you will be able to discuss your care or concerns with them.