Breast cancer is now the primary type of cancer affecting women in metropolitan areas, and the number of cases is rapidly increasing. In urban areas, it is estimated that 1 in 25-30 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, which is higher than the rate in rural India but lower than the rates in the US or UK. Alarmingly, breast cancer is also becoming more common among younger women aged 35-45 years.
Although the risk of breast cancer increases with age, every woman has some chance of developing it during her lifetime. Approximately 77% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50, and having first or second-degree relatives with breast cancer can double the risk. However, family history only accounts for 5-10% of breast cancer cases.
Fortunately, breast cancer is no longer a death sentence, especially with early detection through various modalities. Any suspicious lump in the breast should not be ignored, as early detection increases the chances of successful treatment and outcomes.
Breast cancer is associated with several other risk factors, such as early onset of menstruation, late onset of menopause, null parity or delayed childbirth, lack of breastfeeding, obesity, hormone replacement therapy, past exposure to radiation, and previous breast surgery.
The Clinics at Amar Jain Hospital offer comprehensive breast care, from benign diseases to cancer, with a close-knit team of highly skilled specialists in surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology, supported by a well-equipped Nuclear Medicine and Radiology Department and a dedicated team of pathologists. They use advanced diagnostic techniques to detect breast lumps early and offer a variety of breast surgeries, including breast conservation surgeries, mastectomies, and axillary dissections. The clinics provide complete care for patients with benign and malignant breast conditions, including whole breast reconstruction and advanced radiation techniques for breast cancer treatment.
At Amar Jain Hospital, we have a personalized approach to breast cancer treatment. Our team of experts from various fields come together in Tumor Board meetings to form a customized treatment plan for each patient. We believe in constantly reviewing and improving our protocols, and encouraging patient participation in the treatment process. Our dedicated team of leading Breast Cancer Oncologists provides the most advanced cancer treatments using cutting-edge technology, based on International Standards. A multi-pronged approach is necessary for an accurate diagnosis, including screening mammograms, breast self-examination, clinical breast examination, breast ultrasound, and pathological assessment. Once an accurate diagnosis and proper staging of the disease are complete, we plan the treatment.
Max Institute of Cancer Care offers advanced breast cancer treatments using state-of-the-art technology and international standards. Our team of oncologists collaboratively develops individualized treatment plans to provide the best possible outcomes. The treatment options include surgery (breast-conserving surgery, mastectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy), radiation therapy (including IMRT and IGRT), chemotherapy (neoadjuvant, adjuvant, and palliative), targeted therapy, and hormonal treatment. Patients receiving surgery will have drains placed which are removed after 7-14 days, and stitches are removed after two weeks. Hormonal therapy is available in tablet form for patients with estrogen and progesterone receptor-expressing tumors.