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Diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer

Oncology, or the study of cancer, is an important sector within our hospital, with our Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon here at BMI Albyn Hospital providing a wealth of treatment modalities. He also offers advice and reassurance for patients who are worried about their symptoms.

Patients with suspected breast cancer come to see us – and, if they present with cancer of the breast, oncoplastic breast surgery involves incising a tumour oncologically and reshaping the breasts. This helps us ensure we have the best oncological outcome and the best aesthetic outcome, says our Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon.

Many of the ladies that come to see us who have had mastectomies in the past, are surprised to learn there are a few techniques we can use, which allow us to remove a tumour while keeping the breast.

For example, in ladies who have a larger cup size, we can do a breast reduction and remove the tumour. It’s not the ‘old standard’ lumpectomy or mastectomy; there are other ways we can remove the tumour to conserve the breast, says our Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon. 

Anyone who comes to see us with a breast complaint, will be seen by our Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon and will undergo a full examination. If they are above the age of 35, we do mammograms and ultrasounds, if needed. If they are below 35, we do an ultrasound only.

If we see anything on the ultrasound, we may arrange for them to have other investigations, including a tissue biopsy, says our Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon.

A one-stop clinic, everything, in terms of investigations, is done on the same day at Albyn Hospital. Within oncology itself, the patient will be seen by the surgeon – either the Breast Surgeon or the Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon.

They will have scans on the day and a biopsy may be needed, for which they will get their provisional results that evening. They will then either be discharged or invited to come back after a couple of weeks to discuss treatment following a biopsy.

People travel to BMI Albyn Hospital for appointments from a range of towns and cities, including in around Aberdeen itself, Inverness, the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and further afield.

There is no private hospital beyond Aberdeen, and it is not unusual, therefore, for people to travel to BMI Albyn Hospital from as far away as Inverness.

At a glance, here are some reasons why you might want to choose BMI Albyn Hospital for oncology consultations or surgery:

  • Flexible appointments and shorter waiting times – At BMI Albyn Hospital, waiting times are short and appointment times are flexible.
  • Consultant-led appointments – Your appointment will be Consultant-led, and you will see the same person each time you visit.
  • Patient satisfaction and personalised care – Albyn BMI Hospital has been awarded a 98.1% patient satisfaction score, with the results compiled by independent agency, Quality Health.
  • Remote consultations – You may have the opportunity to use a platform like Microsoft Teams to chat to a consultant from the comfort of your home.
  • A multidisciplinary clinic – Within oncoplastic breast surgery specifically, ours is a multidisciplinary team, who meet once a week with a radiologist, pathologist and oncologist, in the presence of specialist nurses within oncology and breast surgery. We will discuss all the patients that have had images or biopsies done, which means when the patient comes back to see us, they don’t just have the opinion of one person; they have the opinion of everyone.

Want to make an appointment with our Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at BMI Albyn Hospital?

You can book to see our Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon via our handy online booking system.

Specialists offering Breast cancer surgery

Mr Yazan Masannat

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS(Ed), MRCSI(Dublin), FEBS(Breast Surgery), FRCSEd(Gen Surgery), MD

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Mr Ahmed Mustafa

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


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Dr Mahalakshmi Gurumurthy

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BMI Albyn Hospital

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Dr Ravi Nagaraja Sharma

Consultant Clinical Oncologist


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Mr Chris McDonald

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon


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