Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Breast Cancer Treatment in India


Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from the breast tissues. Both men and women can be afflicted by it though it’s rarer in men. Along with cervical cancer it’s one of the most common types of cancer that afflicts women. One of the major issues with breast cancer is that it is often not detected soon enough. This is due to low awareness about the disease. Detecting it early can significantly reduce the death risk.


•         Causes
•         Symptoms
•         Diagnosis
•         Treatment
•         Prevention


Inactive lifestyle, stress, unhealthy food, irregular sleeping hours, etc. are some of the things that can lead to breast cancer. While being a woman itself puts you at a greater risk for breast cancer, here are some factors that further increase the risk.

•         Age
•         Family history
•         Early menstruation
•         Late menopause
•         Breast tissue composition
•         Delayed pregnancy or no pregnancy
•         Breastfeeding
•         Exposure to radiation
•         Obesity
•         Smoking
•         Using birth control pills
•         Hormone replacement therapy


Some common symptoms of breast cancer are:

1. A hard ‘lump’ or a ‘knot’ in the breast. Usually, these lumps are painless.
2. Occasionally, a clear cut lump cannot be felt, but a ‘lumpish’ feel is there. And this feel is different as compared to the same area of the opposite breast.
3. Bloody or a blood stained nipple discharge
4. A recent ‘in drawing’ or ‘inward pull’ on the nipple or even a change in direction.
5. Changes in the skin over the breast, which feels thick, hard and like an ‘orange’ peel
6. Occasionally, small ‘knots’ or nodes may be felt in the armpit.


A mammogram is used to detect breast cancer. Early detection of the disease is the most effective way to treat the ailment but that doesn’t happen due to lack of awareness. Sadly, patients with advanced breast cancer end up being either exposed to aggressive treatment options like chemotherapy or surgery or have to be given palliative care to ease their suffering. If breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early the chances of cure and survival rates improve significantly, making it even more important to detect its presence. Here are 10 tips to detect breast cancer early.
According to the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for early detection of breast cancer:

1. A woman should undergo yearly mammograms starting at the age of 40. This practice should be continued for as long as the woman is healthy. They should get a clinical breast examination (CBE), approximately every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women in their 40s and over.
2. Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and should report any breast changes promptly to their health care provider. Alternatively they could perform a breast self-exam (BSE) starting in their 20s.


The standard treatment methods include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These methods have undergone vigorous trials over several decades and are the best forms of treatment. The proof of the same is the fantastic increase in survival in almost all cancers in the western nations.
Chemotherapy is the injection of drugs in saline, into the body. These drugs are programmed to kill rapidly multiplying cells. Radiation Therapy is subjecting a particular area (of cancer) in the body, with ‘ionizing rays’. These types of rays kill the dividing cells.
Radiation Therapy is subjecting a particular area (of cancer) in the body, with ‘ionizing rays’. These types of rays kill the dividing cells.
The main reason for side effects, especially in chemotherapy, is due to the fact that we cannot target only cancer cells, because they are like normal cells and there is no way of differentiating them. So while killing cancer cells, some normal cells also get affected and hence the severe side effects.
Do the breasts need to be removed to cure breast cancer?
Even though, some people believe that the only treatment for breast cancer is removal of breasts but that is not true. ‘In more than 70 percent women, we can very well do a breast conserving surgery (BCS)! Even if a tumor is large, we can give chemotherapy first, which will reduce the size of the tumor, and then a Breast Conservation Surgery can be done! The only important requisite of BCS is that, after surgery, radiation therapy is compulsory.’ said Dr. a renowned oncologist.

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