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. See link below under "Further guidance" for management options.

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 the e-Referral Service to book the appointment, if no appointment available, click "defer to provider"
Priority: Urgent
Service: Surgery - Breast
Clinic type: Other symptomatic Breast
Service: Breast Pain & Male patients –NDHCT–NDDH-RBZ

Referral Forms

NDDH referral form

Supporting Information

Further guidance

Breast Cancer Care

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off by the Northern Locality on behalf of NEW Devon CCG.

Publication date: June 2017

 

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