Is there a role for advanced practitioners to deliver biopsy results?

Author(s): Joleen Kirsty Eden

Hospital: East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 48, 560, 15-16


Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, with an incidence of approximately 52,000 diagnosed each year. Women attending the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) for routine mammography will sometimes be recalled for further assessment, requiring additional imaging and/or a biopsy to evaluate the nature of a breast abnormality. These biopsy results are traditionally delivered by a radiologist or breast surgeon, depending on the department structure. It is predicted that approximately 38% of breast radiologists will retire by 2025. This deficit has been a driving force for advanced practice and skill mix.

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