If your breast screening appointment was done in a one-stop clinic, which is where all the tests are carried out during a single visit to the clinic, then your results may be available on the same day if biopsies (needle tests) are not needed. If a biopsy is needed, the results will be available once those samples and your mammogram, ultrasound and tissue tests are reviewed. This will be done at a multi-disciplinary team meeting where the surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and breast care nurses review all of the results to ensure the appropriate information is available to plan any treatment if required. This usually takes about one week.
Most people who visit a breast clinic leave being told they do not have breast cancer. But if you are given a diagnosis, this can obviously be very upsetting. The doctor will explain what their findings are as well as their recommendations for treatment. You will be assigned a breast care nurse who is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have.