Mastectomy for Breast Cancer Treatment – Things to Know

Mastectomy is one of the most common surgical approaches for breast cancer management.

Over the years, the technique of mastectomy has undergone a lot of change. This patient education video summarises the current role of mastectomy in treating breast cancer, along with the post- surgery care required by the patient.

This video also covers points to prevent lymphedema (swelling of the arm) following breast cancer surgery.

This information has been provided by Dr. Rohan Khandelwal, who is a Breast Cancer Surgeon with more than 8 years of experience. He is currently heading the department at CK Birla Hospital for Women, Gurugram.

The Breast Centre at CK Birla Hospital for Women

After successfully running a Breast Cancer unit for the last 5 years at Gurgaon, me and my team have taken up the challenge to set up another Breast Cancer unit at CK Birla Hospital for Women, Gurugram.

At the Breast Centre, we would be providing comprehensive breast services ranging from non cancerous to cancerous disorders. Everything from state of the art surgical facilities to an aesthetically designed chemotherapy lounge will be available under one roof.

For appointments, you can contact –

Shantanu – +91 79-88252759

or contact Dr. Rohan Khandelwal, Breast Cancer Surgeon in Gurgaon – rohankhandelwal@gmail.com

World Cancer Day 2018

On the occasion of #worldcancerday, I would like to share the picture of the youngest #breastcancer patient I have treated till now.

She is a 25 year old, mother of a 2 year old who came to me with a small breast lump which she picked up after reading a Hindi article on breast cancer.

Few things which I would like to highlight through this case:

1. Age at diagnosis is reducing. This was my third patient in the 20’s over the last 3 months. Majority of my breast cancer patients are in their 30’s.

So, if anyone you know is suffering from a breast lump, please get it checked.

2. Awareness is increasing, which is an excellent thing. I am seeing a lot of patients with stage 1 and 2 disease, which leads to better survival.

To help create more awareness, each one reading this post should tell one more person about breast cancer and it’s symptoms (painless breast lump, recent change in shape of the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple)

3. Another heartening point is the change in the society’s attitude towards these patients. Friends and family members are becoming more accommodating towards the needs of cancer patients.

Please share this message to create more awareness.

This message has been shared in public interest by Dr Rohan Khandelwal, who is a Breast Cancer Surgeon at Gurgaon / Delhi NCR

Types of Breast Cancer – Invasive vs Non invasive

Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst Indian women. Majority of these cancers arise from the 15-20 ducts present in the breast. These cancers can be of two types, invasive and non invasive. These terms are often mentioned in the pathology report after the breast cancer surgeon does the biopsy. This simple patient information video explains these terms and their practical implications.

If the patient is diagnosed with an invasive cancer, then the patient often requires chemotherapy, whereas, if the patient has non invasive cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ), chemotherapy can be avoided.

To diagnose the type of breast cancer, a breast biopsy is required (tru-cut or core needle biopsy). FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) is not useful in distinguishing between the two types of cancers.

This information has been provided by Dr. Rohan Khandelwal, Breast Cancer Surgeon at W Pratiksha Hospital, Gurgaon & Delhi NCR.

Breast Cancer Myth Busted – Biopsy doesn’t lead to spread of tumor

A common problem that I face during my practice is that some patients refuse to get biopsies done when they are detected with a breast lump. The reason behind this misconception is that they feel that the cancer will start to spread after the biopsy.

Patients need to be explained that this is a myth and there is no scientific data to support this misconception. Also patients need to understand that it is not possible for doctors to come to a diagnosis of breast cancer, unless a biopsy is performed.

 

Changing trend of Breast Cancer incidence in India

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Breast Cancer and the age wise distribution in India

This graph depicts the changing trend in the age wise distribution of breast cancer in our country. Over the years, the incidence of breast cancer has increases dramatically and there has been a higher increase in the incidence between 30-40 years of age. This is mainly attributable to the lifestyle changes visible in the Indian society. Another major factor, which is difficult to quantify is the increase in pollution levels.
It is important we realise this change and encourage patients to take corrective measure to control the modifiable risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity. Also increased awareness is required, so that these cancers can be detected early.

Breast Cancer Conquerors

Breast cancer treatment is a long drawn battle for the patient and her family and it is always a joyous moment when they finish their breast cancer treatment.

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This special day when they finish their treatment, marks an important phase, when they transition from being a patient to a cancer conqueror/ survivor. In India, despite so many myths surrounding cancer treatment, it is good to see some ladies determined to fight the disease despite all odds. Hats off to their fighting spirit!!

 

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