Breast Cancer Program
What is Breast Cancer Screening?
Breast Cancer Screening involves the identification of breast cancer at an early stage. One can detect small changes in breast tissue by performing a mammogram. The presence of any change or lumps that are too small for a woman to feel herself may indicate cancer. If left undetected for too long, a lump is more likely to grow and spread.
How does a mammogram work?
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast which is performed by exposing the breast to a low dose of radiation. During a mammogram, a patient’s breasts are placed on to flat plates and compressed with another plate. A radiologist examines a mammogram for unusual configurations that look different from normal tissue. Abnormalities include cancerous tumors as well as benign tumors.
Do you need more tests after one mammogram?
If the mammogram shows normal results, there is no need for any further screening. Though all findings may not be breast cancer, when a mammogram shows any abnormalities like a benign breast condition, one may be asked to undergo a breast ultrasound or a breast MRI. However, it is important to not delay any follow-up tests. In case breast cancer is found, it’s best to begin treatment at the earliest.
What are the advantages of screening?
Not only does timely screening help in fighting cancer, it helps in detecting cancer at the earliest possible stage, making treatment easier and more likely to be successful. The sooner it cancer is detected, the smaller it is and probably hasn’t spread. In case breast cancer is confirmed, screening allows the breast to be saved through breast conservation surgery. Also, the risk of dying from breast cancer is reduced drastically.
What are the disadvantages of screening?
While screening has many advantages, there are still some disadvantages that one needs to keep in mind. Sometimes screenings detect cancers that do not develop any further or perhaps grow so slowly that they do not cause any harm to a woman. But in either case all cancers are treated even if though the woman may not actually need treatment. Many times an area of concern requiring treatment may actually turn out to be benign. Such false alarms can lead to over treatment that causes a great deal of anxiety, pain and discomfort to women.
How frequently do you need to be screened?
Women, who have no family history of breast cancer and have never experienced problems related to the breast, should get their first screening done at the age of 40. We recommend that you make an appointment with your breast specialist every 2 years. You can even get screened from a younger age if you are a higher risk of breast cancer. The specialist will be able to assess your risk and customise the frequency of your screenings.
What precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of breast cancer?
- Get screened regularly.
- Learn the correct way of self-examination. Examine yourself regularly.
- Avoid smoking and limit consumption of alcohol.
- Follow a healthy diet/lifestyle and maintain healthy body weight.
- Be physically active.
Did you know?
Breast cancer has been ranked as the number one cancer among Indian women. One of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancers among women, breast cancer claimed 70,218 lives in 2012 according to the Journal of Business Research. It is believed that 1 in 22 women are likely to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Women aged between 43 and 46 years showed the highest level of risk factors in India.
Our Breast Oncology Team includes nationally recognised experts working together in an integrated program, providing collaborative multi-team care for each patient.
Super Diagnostic Capabilities
At BLK Super Speciality Hospital, the Breast Oncology team is equipped to deal with all kinds of breast surgeries. We provide Digital Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, 3T Breast MRI, Image-guided Breast Core Biopsy, PET / CT, Sophisticated Interventional Radiology Procedures (Wire Localisation),StereotacticBiopsy and Sentinel Node Evaluation (SLNB) using Gamma Probe.
Advanced Treatment Options
Choosing the right cancer centre for a patient can make all the difference. Our capabilities include the following:
- Breast Conservation Surgery and Oncoplasty for Complex Primary Tumours.
- Single Dose Intra-operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) and 3D Conformal Partial Breast Irradiation (CPBI) thatminimises radiation treatment duration.
- Skin sparing mastectomy which salvages most of the normal skin of the breast with Breast Reconstruction Procedures that go beyond Breast Implants or Conventional Tissue Flaps.
- Survivorship Program for both the patients and family members.