New guide for breast cancer patients

A NEW patient-friendly guide explaining how early breast cancer should be diagnosed and treated in Scotland has been produced by the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Free and comprehensive, the ‘Best Treatment Guidelines’ are available to all women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and for anyone who is supporting someone through that process.

The information in the guide has been compiled from documents used by medical staff, giving the reader a clear explanation as to what that information means for the patient in question. It also goes in to detail about why patients may be offered certain tests and treatments and exactly what to expect if the patient needs them.

James Jopling, Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s director for Scotland, said: “Nearly 4,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Scotland and it is extremely important that women fully understand all their options and treatment paths.”

The guide is available by calling Breakthrough Breast Cancer on 0131 226 0761 or by downloading them from http://www.breakthrough.org.uk/scotland/campaigning_in_scotland/treatment_guidelines.html.