Breast cancer

Breast cancer can affect your breast tissue, nipples and the lymph nodes.

There is more information on the NHS website about:

Breast Cancer Care also provides information and support for people living with and beyond breast cancer.

What to expect at your appointment

You will be seen by one of a team of specialist doctors who will ask you about your symptoms and examine your breasts. You may have some tests on the same day or at a later date.

At your first appointment, you may meet the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who will be your key worker during your care at King’s. They work as part of a team of specialist breast cancer nurses.

They will explain your test and treatment options and support you and your family. You will also be given written information about the type of cancer you have, your treatment options, and other sources of support, such as King's Macmillian Information and Support Centre.

Tests and investigations

At your first appointment, you may have one or more of the following tests or you may be asked to return at a later date to have them. They help us to find out whether you have cancer and to assess your treatment options. They include:


Your care and treatment will depend on the type cancer you have, its size and where it is, how far it has advanced (the stage) and your overall health. The final decision about what treatment you have is yours.

After our team of specialists reviews the results of your tests and investigations, we will arrange an appointment so you can discuss your treatment options with your consultant and CNS.

Who to contact

Breast Care Nurses (Clinical Nurse Specialists)

Mrs Emma Riley – Matron, Breast Care
Mrs Jackie Merriman – Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist
Ms Gillian Campbell – Breat Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

Tel: 020 3299 3085. You may get through to an answerphone. If so, please leave a message and your call will be answered within 24 hours. Available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Urgent queries

If you have had treatment in our day surgery unit, please use the contact you were given during your consultation. Otherwise, go to your nearest Accident & Emergency department.

Non-clinical support

If you have practical queries or want further information about support groups, contact the Macmillan Centre at King’s on 020 3299 5228.

Our team

Your care will be provided by a group of experts called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). This is a team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals specialising in treating your type of cancer. You can discuss your care with them and ask them any questions you have about your treatment. Our team includes:

Consultant Surgeons
  • Mr Jonathan Roberts
  • Mr Robert Price
  • Mr Neeraj Garg
  • Mr Arif Abubakr
Consultant Oncologists
  • Dr Fiona Castell
  • Dr Mark Nathan
Clinical Nurse Specialists

How we support you

We want to make sure that you get all the assistance you need to live well with – and after – cancer. There is a wide range of support available to help you cope with cancer, including physical, emotional and practical advice for you, your family, friends and carers.