Breast cancer diagnostic tests resume in Barrow

Patients with suspected breast cancer in Cumbria will no longer have to make a 100-mile round trip for diagnosis.

For the last two years patients have had to travel from Barrow to Lancaster for tests because of a shortage of staff at Furness General Hospital.

But health chiefs have resolved the recruitment crisis and said an improved service will begin by February 2012.

The new breast clinic will offer all tests in one place including mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies.

'Strain and worry'

At the moment suspected cancer patients have to travel to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for biopsies.

Dr Geoff Joliffe, lead GP in Barrow, said: "It is great news for women that we've been able to agree to bring a new symptomatic breast clinic to the area.

"Hopefully this will reduce the number of women who have to travel to Lancaster while undergoing the strain and worry of not knowing if they may have cancer or not.

"This new clinic will meet the latest clinical guidance and will also run alongside the delivery of a new one stop clinic for all types of breast services."

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