Epworth Eastern Breast Service

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Epworth Eastern Breast Service provides a rapid access clinical service for women with breast disease in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

 

Epworth Eastern provides access to:


  • breast diagnostic facilities
  • breast surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy.

We provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of suspected or confirmed breast cancers.


Our specialists breast surgeons work alongside our highly skilled multidisciplinary team of:


  • oncologists
  • radiation oncologists
  • radiologists
  • endocrine surgeons 
  • reconstructive surgeons.


Contact Epworth Eastern’s breast service 

​Appointments and referrals



Services at Epworth Eastern

The Epworth Eastern Breast Service provides rapid access to an initial consultation with one of our specialists and subsequent evaluation of your results with the multi disciplinary team. This team is made up of:

     
  • Breast Surgeons

  • Medical Oncologists

  • Breast Care Nurses

  • Radiation Oncologists

  • Psychologists

  • Physiotherapist

  • Discharge Planner

  • Dieticians

 

The referring GP is invited to attend the meeting as well. This team ensures that all treatment regimes are explored and individualized to the patient achieving the best possible outcome for their condition.

 

Epworth Eastern onsite facilities include:

 

  • Diagnostic Radiology is provided via MIA who provide the following testing including 4D ultrasound, breast ultrasound, general x-ray, iInterventional procedures, mammography MRI, nuclear medicine and PET.

  • Epworth Eastern Digital theatre complex.

  • Peter Mac Radiation Oncology Services.

  • Epworth Eastern Oncology ward and Day Oncology Unit

 

 

Breast Surgeons

Epworth Eastern is located in a unique medical precinct with Peter Mac facilities located within Epworth Eastern and Box Hill Hospital (Eastern Health) located adjacent to Epworth Eastern.

 

Many of our specialists hold appointments with these organisations which provides for a synergistic working relationship in a truly multidisciplinary environment.


Endocrine Surgeons:
Rick Masters - 9898 8744
Suzanne Moore – 9895 7566
Michael Cheng – 8807 7316
Joanne Chionh – 9478 8334

Mr Navin Rudolph   8807 7316

 
Oncologists:
Susan Chua - 98974688
Serene Foo – 9897 4688
Geraldine Goss – 9897 4688
 
Radiation Oncologists (Peter Mac):
Ross Drummond -  9656 1111
Chen Liu - 9656 1111
 
Radiologists:
Barry Leaney - 92361300
Michael Martin - 92361300
Patrick Page  - 92361300
Hayden Prime - 92361300
 
Reconstructive Surgeons:
Dean White – 9895 7631
Frank Lin – 9890 2800
Alex Yuen – 9890 2800
Kim Taylor  - 9828 1333
Howard Webster - 9828 1333

Which patients should you refer?

  • Patients suitable for urgent referral are:

  • Patients with breast disease requiring further investigation.

  • Patients with suspected or confirmed breast cancers.

     

Accessing the service

 

The service can also be accessed by direct referral to any of the surgeons and physicians listed in the multidisciplinary team section above.

 

Please send your usual referral form with patient including a copy of physical exam, treatment, allergies and investigations.

 

Referral can be made by calling 1800 099 879 or by completing a referral form and faxing it to 1800 723 339.

 

Common benign breast problems

 

Breast cysts

These localised collections of fluid in the breast are very common. Milk ducts in the breast are very active and when a duct becomes blocked, fluid is trapped causing a cyst to form. They can occur at any age, but a more common in the 30-50 year age bracket. They are often tender and are diagnosed by imaging (mammogram or ultrasound).  If they cause no symptoms and they have benign features on imaging then they require no treatment. If they require aspiration (drainage), it can be done under ultrasound guidance either in the X-Ray department or in the consulting rooms by putting a needle into the cyst.

 

Fibro adenoma

This is a benign condition where there is an overgrowth of normal breast tissue.  Fibro adenomas have an unknown cause and are more common in younger women (21-25 years). They can be influenced by hormonal changes i.e. menstrual cycle, pregnancy, etc.  The treatment of this condition depends on signs and symptoms, age of patient, and biopsy results.  All these factors will be discussed by your breast specialist.

 

Mastalgia (breast pain)

This affects up to 70% of women at some stage of their lives. Breast pain is not usually associated with breast cancer, but if it is persistent and doesn’t respond to simple pain medications it is recommended that you discuss this with your GP. Your GP will arrange investigations if they deem it necessary and on-going referral to a breast specialist if appropriate

 

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is a major health issue for women with a lifetime risk of women developing breast cancer before the age of 75 years is one in 11.

 

Family history

A family history of breast cancer means that one or more close relatives have had breast cancer at some stage in their lives. You may be at a higher risk than the population. However, this will be the case for only a small percentage of women. 

 

Nine out of 10 women who get breast cancer DON’T have a family history of breast cancer.

 

Our doctors are specialists within this field and work closely with the familial cancer centers to deliver the gold standard of treatment.