Breast pain

Minor or moderate degree of breast pain with no discrete palpable abnormality, when initial treatment fails and/or with unexplained persistent symptoms need to be referred as non-urgent.

Cyclical breast pain in the younger patient does not need to be referred and can be managed supportively.

Assessment

Signs and Symptoms

  • Minor or moderate degree of breast pain with no discrete palpable abnormality, when initial treatment fails and/or with unexplained persistent symptoms need to be referred as non-urgent.
  • Cyclical breast pain in the younger patient does not need to be referred and can be managed supportively.

Investigations

Investigations in patients presenting with symptoms and/or signs suggestive of breast cancer prior to referral is not recommended.

Management

  • Minor or moderate degree of breast pain with no discrete palpable abnormality, when initial treatment fails and/or with unexplained persistent symptoms need to be referred as non-urgent.
  • Cyclical breast pain in the younger patient does not need to be referred and can be managed supportively.

Referral

Referral Criteria

  • Refer as non-urgent patients with minor or moderate degree of breast pain with no discrete palpable abnormality, when initial treatment fails and/or with unexplained persistent symptoms

Referral Instructions

  • Use e-Referrals to book the appointment, if no appointment available, click "defer to provider"
    • Priority: 2WW
    • Service: Surgery - Breast
    • Clinic type: Other symptomatic Breast
    • Service: Symptomatic Breast (cancer not suspected) – RD&E-RH8

Referral Forms

DRSS Referral forms

Supporting Information

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off by the Eastern Locality on behalf of NHS Devon CCG.

Publication date: June 2017

 

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