Breast Unit

This unit is one of the largest of its type in the UK, with over 9,000 referrals per year. Most are from the south east of England, but also from other parts of the UK and from all over the world.

Patients are usually directly referred by their GPs for diagnosis and treatment, and for surveillance if at high risk. The Breast Unit aims to deliver the latest high-quality treatment for all stages of breast cancer, and to be at the forefront of international research into the development of new treatments, in the identification of women at high risk, and in breast cancer prevention.

For this reason, the Breast Unit has close links to The Institute of Cancer Research and the Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Centre.

Open Access follow up after treatment 

The Open Access Follow Up (OAFU) programme has been specially designed by the breast unit to support women who have come to the end of treatment (see below). It is a type of follow up where routine, clinical examination appointments are replaced with a system where patients can contact the OAFU team directly when they have a concern. This can enable quick access to the breast care team and the hospital when required.

End of treatment

End of treatment is a time when the initial treatments for breast cancer such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy has been completed. Some women may have treatments which continue beyond the initial treatment, such as hormone therapy tablets.

End of treatment usually starts in the Open Access programme by meeting the team's Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a group or individual meeting. Important end of treatment information includes: breast awareness, planned follow up, what to report to the Open Access Follow Up team and common problems after diagnosis and treatment.

If you have any questions regarding this information please contact us (details below).

Wellbeing events

The Royal Marsden runs a series of post-treatment wellbeing events aimed at promoting wellbeing for both the body and the mind.

  • Events run 12:30pm-4:00pm.
  • There are two types of events: Make a Change, Live Well (run by physiotherapists and dieticians, and focusing on healthy lifestyle, nutrition and activity) and Adopt a Change, Live Well (run by rehabilitation specialists and focusing on menopausal symptoms, fatigue and anxiety).
  • Breast care nurses are at both events.
  • You can bring a guest.
  • Book by contacting the Open Access Follow Up team.

Contact the Open Access Follow Up team

  • By email
  • Telephone 020 7811 8114

When booking a wellbeing event, please tell us your contact details and hospital number.