Just moved to the UK from US-where do I start with treatment

I had a mammogram the week that I moved from the US. After some cocerns from the test, I flew back to California and had a biopsy. Last night I found out that the tumor is malignant. I don’t know where to go now for treatment. Do I contact an oncologist straight away or meet with a surgeon? I don’t even have a general doctor yet as we have only been in England for a month. I have private insurance and I live in Sunningdale. If anyone has any advice or any recommendations for hospitals or doctors, I would be very grateful.

Hi Entilford

Welcome to the BCC discussion forums and welcome to the UK.  For some advice as to where to go from here, could I suggest you give our helpline team a call, they will be able to point you in the right direction.  Calls to the helpline are free 0808 800 6000 lines open Mon-Fri 9-5 and Sat 10-2.

Take care,

Jo, Moderator

I would hope that by now you have registered with  a local GP…then you can be reffered to the local hospital…

I moved from Portugal to UK, no local doctor and had results from Portugal. I joned the local GP practice and they put me on a fast track. I don’t know if you qualify for NHS treatment its worth finding out. I have had first class treatment on the NHS and really do not think I could of got better if went private. Perhaps I am lucky I live in Somerset. Push for this fast track system. Before my op I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride, but as have now had it feel how lucky I am! Good luck Buttxx

Hi Entilfod
You may find this NHS link useful regarding medical treatment whilst in the UK.


Find the comment that you will get better treatment going private than nhs slightly disingenuous ! I am treated by nhs but both my surgeon and oncologist practice privately . I’m sure they don’t dumb down their expertise because I don’t have private health insurance ! Apart from the odd admin blip that can happen anywhere so far my nhs treatment has been fantastic . I am now treated at Christies which is one of the leading cancer treatment centres in Europe .