What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in a part of the breast become abnormal and begin to grow and divide out of control. When left untreated, these abnormal cells can invade and damage nearby tissue and can also spread to other parts of the body. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in India.


What are the symptoms of Breast Cancer?

A Step-by-Step Guide To Breast Self-Examination

Every woman should self-examine their breasts at least once every month. The best time to do it is a few days after the end of the monthly menstrual cycle.

self examination a

Stand in front of a mirror with arms at your sides. Check for lumps or changes.

self examination b

Raise your arms above your head. Check for lumps or changes.

self examination c

Place your arms on your hips and push your shoulders forward. Check again.

self examination d

Raise your arm to inspect the area behind your head. Use the pads of your fingers to feel your breasts and examine using one of these three techniques.

  • Circular Pattern
  • Wedge Pattern
  • Line Pattern
self examination e

Finally, inspect your nipples.

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Cancer Treatments Offered

When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, the options of treatment are discussed to provide a customised treatment journey.

chemotherapy

Chemotherapy

Using anti-cancer drugs to target and destroy cancer cells.

radiation

Radiation Therapy

Using high-energy rays (such as x-rays) to kill cancer cells.

hormone

Hormone Therapy

Some types of breast cancer are stimulated and affected by estrogen and progesterone hormones. In such cases, medications are used to block hormones from attaching to the cancer cells.

breast conserving surgery

Breast Conserving Surgery

Breast cancer is removed with a rim of normal breast tissue, preserving the rest of the breast.

masectomy

Mastectomy

Mastectomy is the removal of the whole breast along with the nipple, on the side where the cancer is diagnosed.

breast nipple reconstruction

Breast and Nipple Reconstruction

The surgical process of rebuilding the shape and look of the breast and nipple following a mastectomy.

Breast Cancer Screening

The , earlier the more effective treatment is likely to be. In addition to self-checks, regular screening is the best initiative a woman can take towards having a cancer-free life. The risk for breast cancer among women rises with age. Here are some screening options:

Clinical Breast Examination

Systematic evaluation of the breast done by a health professional.

Mammogram

A mammogram is the X-ray of the breast. Biennial mammograms are advised for women over 40.

Breast MRI Exam

Using a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the breast. It is recommended as an adjunct to mammograms in high risk groups.

 

The Kauvery Advantage

Kauvery Hospital’s Breast Clinic offers comprehensive care to prevent and cure breast cancer. Our Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, world-class facilities and a highly experienced team of experts. Our surgical, medical and radiation oncologists work in synergy to provide the best possible personalised care.