Breast Care

What we do

Breast Care at St. James's Hospital provides services to patients with symptomatic breast disease and in particular to women with breast cancer. A multi-disciplinary team comprising of a Breast Surgeon for clinical assessment, a Breast Radiologist for breast imaging and a Breast Pathologist for tissue diagnosis work together to ensure patients are seen quickly and receive the highest quality of investigation and care. We hold weekly Triple Assessment Clinics where patients can be seen by a surgeon, have imaging (mammogram / ultrasound) and biopsy (FNAC - Fine Needle Aspiration for Cytology) at the same visit. This enables us to provide a same day diagnosis for most of our patients.

Breast Cancer Programme-Key Points

  • Structured Programme, with stand alone breast clinic
  • Two weekly Triple Assessment Clinics
  • Three Routine / Review breast clinics per fortnight
  • Monthly dedicated breast cancer family risk and genetic assessment clinic
  • Weekly multidisciplinary team meeting, were all cases are discussed
  • In 2007, St. James’s diagnosed or treated 160 new breast cancers (Ref. Cancer Audit Programme, St. James’s Hospital)
  • 5 year survival 87% for node negative disease and 66% for node positive disease
  • Breast cancer and breast clinic audit system established since 2001
  • Dedicated plastic and reconstructive surgeon
  • Specialist medical oncologist
  • Specialist radiation oncologist
  • Cancer clinical trials unit (50% breast cancer patients are entered on a cancer clinical trial)
  • Full time breast cancer data manager
  • Genetic counseling service available
  • Four full time breast cancer clinical nurse specialists

Contact Details

Breast Care Reception Phone: (01) 416 2192
Fax: (01) 410 3415


Title Name Phone  Email 
Breast Care Secretary General  (01) 428 4120
Breast Care Nurse    (01) 410 3857 / 401    
Breast Care Manager    (01) 428 4194
Breast Care Data Manager    (01) 428 4122

Breast Care Clinic

Specialty Day Location Consultant/Contact details
Triple Assessment Breast Clinic Monday am Breast Care Department Mr. T. Boyle / Ms. E. Connolly
Breast Review Clinic Monday pm (fortnightly) Breast Care Department Ms. E. Connolly
Family Risk Assessment Clinic/Review Wednesday pm (fortnightly)  Breast Care Department Mr. T. Boyle
Triple Assessment Breast Clinic Thursday am  Breast Care Department Mr. T. Boyle / Ms. E. Connolly / Mr. Siddiqui
Breast Review Clinic/Family Risk Thursday pm (weekly) Breast Care Department Mr. T. Boyle / Mr. Siddiqui / Ms. E. Connolly


Consultant Speciality (directorate) Email Telephone & fax
Mr. Dhafir Alazawi

Consultant General and Breast Surgeon (SACC) Tel: (01) 416 2192 / 428 4120
Fax: (01) 410 3415
Nurse liaison: Yvonne Hanhauser/ Emily O Donovan Tel: (01) 410 3857 / 428 4113
Mr. T. Boyle

Breast Surgery (SACC) Tel: (01) 416 2192 / 428 4120
Fax: (01) 410 3415
Nurse liaison: Yvonne Hanhauser/ Emily O Donovan Tel: (01) 410 3857 / 428 4113
Ms. E. M. Connolly

Breast Surgery (SACC) Tel: (01) 416 2192 / 428 4120
Fax: (01) 410 3415
Nurse liaison: Yvonne Hanhauser/Emily O Donovan Tel: (01) 410 3857 / 428 4113

Appointment Instructions

New Patient Appointments: new patients requiring appointments must submit a referral from their GP / Consultant. New referrals are prioritised by a consultant surgeon and an appropriate appointment will be scheduled for the patient. Patients will be notified of their appointment date by post or by telephone.

Return Patient Appointments can be made at the time of attendance at the clinic or by calling: Breast Care Reception (01 416 2192) Breast Care Secretary (01 428 4120).

Referral Procedures

Referrals are to be made by completing our standardised referral proforma. Completed referrals should be posted or faxed directly to the Breast Care Department.