Our service treats breast cancer through a range of treatments and, in partnership with Macmillan, we provide support throughout your cancer treatment journey.

Breast screening and diagnosis

We provide a breast screening, investigation and diagnosis service from our dedicated Thirlestaine Breast Centre. This includes automatic breast screening appointments, and GP referrals for breast lumps, changes, or discharge.


Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer, but you may be referred if you have experienced persistent pain that does not go away.

All women aged between 50 and 70 years old who are registered with a GP are eligible for screening. Read more about breast screening.

At your first appointment, it is usual to have:

  • a mammogram
  • an ultrasound scan
  • a possible biopsy

These tests will all performed on the same day which helps us fully assess your symptoms and make a decision about your care.

After these investigations you will be seen by a consultant and offered an appointment around 2 weeks later for your results.

Breast surgery

Your breast surgery will usually be performed at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital or Cheltenham General Hospital.

Find out more about our breast surgery service.


As well as providing support during your treatment, our clinical nurse specialists will also help answer any other questions or concerns you might have about your personal circumstances, before, during and after your cancer care is over.

Read more about Macmillan's support for the Living with and Beyond Cancer programme.

You may also find support from the following organisations:

Contact us

Gloucestershire Breast Screening Service,
Thirlestaine Breast Centre,
Thirlestaine Road,
GL53 7AS

Tel: 0300 422 3751

Fax: 01242 697884

Support our cancer services

Focus is the charitable fund for the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, raising funds which directly provide extra care, specialist equipment and improvements to facilities for local cancer patients.