Overview

Overview

Breast cancer is a common breast-related ailment, that is fairly well-known. However, in addition to breast cancer various forms of breast-related disorders are evidenced in women. The Breast Clinic at Continental Hospitals offers comprehensive treatment and care for all types of breast-related disorders – both benign and malignant.

The Breast Clinic at Continental Hospitals is a dedicated, state-of-the-art, one-stop, open-access facility for advanced and comprehensive breast cancer and breast disorders treatment.

A team of expert breast oncologists and oncoplastic surgeons, multidisciplinary approach, state-of-the-art infrastructure, advanced operation theaters, excellent post-operative care makes Continental Hospitals one of the best hospitals for breast cancer in Hyderabad.

Our multidisciplinary team includes breast radiologists, dedicated medical and radiation oncologists, nurses, counsellors, physiotherapists and dieticians offering complete breast cancer care and advanced treatment options.

The treatment options available at the Breast Clinic in Continental Hospitals include - Oncoplastic Reconstruction, Sentinel Node Biopsy, Fat Grafting amongst others. The clinic also offers new and promising proton therapy that is less toxic than conventional procedures and is non-invasive.

Diseases & Conditions

The Breast Clinic at Continental Hospitals provides excellent treatment & care for a wide array of breast-related disorders & diseases as listed below:

  • Breast pain

This is generalized breast pain, often accompanied by breast swelling and caused by hormonal changes/imbalances. Some of the other factors causing breast pain & swelling could be injuries, infection, formation of cysts etc.

  • Breast cysts

Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop in the breast tissue and typically evidenced in older women. Overtime cysts can enlarge and become more painful & conspicuous.

  • Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the uncontrolled growth of the breast cancer cells. There are different forms of breast cancer, based on their origin. A breast is made up of three primary parts - lobules, ducts, and connective tissue and breast cancer can occur in any one of these.

  • Breast discharge

Breast discharge or nipple is a common breast-disorder associated symptom, often due to an underlying ailment such as hormonal imbalance, fibrocystic changes, and or breast cancer.

  • Fat necrosis

Fat necrosis is the formation of painless lumps due to the damaged and disintegrating fatty tissues in the breasts. This is a common occurrence in women with large breasts or caused by injury/trauma to the breasts.

  • Fibroadenomas

Fibroadenomas are solid, benign lumps generally evidenced in women in their 20s. These are painless lumps that tend to feel rubbery and grow in any part of the breast.

  • Generalized breast lumps

This condition is also known as – fibrocystic disease or fibroid breasts – caused by the natural changes in a women’s breast that occur during the course of their lifetime.

  • Uneven breast sizes

Asymmetrical breasts or uneven breasts is a common condition amongst women, especially evidenced in early stage of breast development. However in some rare cases it may be due to the presence of breasts cysts or a mass.

Diagnosis

The Breast Clinic at Continental Hospitals is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities for the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancers, and related-disorders. Diagnosis for breast ailments is performed with the help of various tests as given below:

  • Clinical Breast Exam
  • Breast Cancer Screening
    • Mammogram

Mammogram is a specialized X-rays of the breast that offers detailed images to find abnormal cells or lumps in the breast.

    • Ultrasound

High frequency sound waves to develop a digital image of the breast and helps detect whether a lump in the breast is a solid or filled with fluid. A solid lump could be cancerous. The scan also helps in pinpointing the exact location and size of the lump or growth.

    • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

An MRI uses magnetic and radio waves to generate detailed images of the breast tissue and determine the extent or spread of any cancerous lumps.

    • Biopsy

A biopsy is performed using tissue or fluid sample from the affected area for presence of cancer cells. A needle is used to remove fluid, whereas tissue may need surgical removal. This is the only test that can definitively determine the malignancy of a lump or cyst.

    • Lab Tests

If cancer is detected, then these tests may be performed to determine the type of treatment that would be most suitable for the patient. These tests can also give an idea about how the disease is likely to progress in the individual.

Our team of expert breast oncologists ensure that every patient undergoes a thorough and necessary diagnostic procedures to identify breast cancer early, accurately, and adequately to arrive at an appropriate treatment plan.

If detected early, Breast Cancer has an extremely encouraging survival rate of 98%. According to WHO, nearly 60% of women in India diagnosed with Breast Cancer are in the advanced stages of cancer (Stage III or IV). This reduces chances of successful treatment and survival. So early diagnosis is key to beating breast cancer.

Treatments

The Breast Clinic at Continental Hospitals offers excellence in treatment & care for all types of breast cancers and breast-related disorders. We have an expert panel of breast oncologists with decades of experience in treating the most advanced forms of breast cancers and all types of breast ailments.

The course of treatment planned for each patient varies from the type of disease, stage of the cancer, co-morbidities, patient history & lifestyle, among other factors. From clinical interventions to lifestyle alterations, and surgeries, the Breast Clinic at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad offers the complete spectrum of treatments for all types breast cancers.

In addition to breast cancer treatment and surgery, at the Breast Clinic we offer the latest cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgeries, to ensure women can continue to have a full life without feeling conscious about their bodies.

Staging of Breast Cancer

To determine the best course of treatment for Breast Cancer, it is important to know the extent or spread of the disease in the patient. The most widely accepted method of staging breast cancer is the TNM method, wherein

T= Tumor Size

N = Lymph Node Status (Number and location of cancerous lymph nodes)

M = Metastases (whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body)

Based on this, cancer can be classified into the following stages

Stages 0 and 1

In this stage, the cancer is contained in the place of origin and the tumor is small in size (less than 2cm). The cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes or is in very small clusters.

Stage 2

The cancer is growing in this stage, but is still contained on the breast and/or nearby lymph nodes. The tumor size can be between 2 and 5 cm with spread to lymph nodes or larger than 5cm without spread in lymph nodes

Stage 3

In this stage, the cancer has extended beyond the breast to nearby lymph nodes and muscles. Distant organs are not affected. This is an advanced stage, but treatment options are available. Tumor can be larger than 5cm.

Stage 4

This is an advanced stage where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body like brain, lungs, bones and liver. Though this stage is considered incurable, with proper care and the current treatment options, it may possible to extend the life of the patient by several years.

Treatment of Breast Cancer

If detected early, Breast Cancer has an extremely encouraging survival rate of 98%. According to WHO, nearly 60% of women in India diagnosed with Breast Cancer are in the advanced stages of cancer (Stage III or IV). This reduces chances of successful treatment and survival. And based on the stage of cancer advancement, our expert panel of breast cancer specialists will recommend the treatment procedure or surgeries.

Continental Hospitals provides a multi-modality treatment approach for breast cancer that gives you the best possible chance to beat breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Surgeries

Surgery is the most common and promising treatment for breast cancer. In a breast cancer surgery, the tumor and nearby margins are surgically excised. Surgeries are usually coupled with radiation therapy to prevent the spread of the cancer. Different forms of breast cancer surgeries include:

  • Lumpectomy – removal of lump and nearby tissue

 

  • Lymph node removal – Removal of lymph nodes for testing the extent of disease

 

  • Mastectomy – Removal of the affected breast. This procedure is less common today or partial mastectomy is done.
  • Breast Reconstruction – In case of mastectomy, the patient can opt for breast reconstruction surgery. This helps you regain your anatomical structure and thereby be more comfortable with your body post-surgery. The breast can be reconstructed using implants or using tissue from another part of your body.

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy uses a combination of drugs to destroy and/or slow down the growth of cancer cells. The right blend of drugs is chosen based on the stage, tumor size, tumor grade and type, lymph nodes affected, risk of spread.

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Radiation therapy uses high energy rays are to kill breast cancer cells. Radiation therapy may also be used to destroy cancer cells that may remain in the breast or armpit post breast cancer surgery.

Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

In some cases, due to hormonal imbalances, of estrogen and progesterone, there may be a possibility of breast cancer reoccurrence. In such cases, we recommend hormonal therapy, after proper testing. This cuts off hormonal supply to the cancer cells.

Targeted Therapy for Breast Cancer

Targeted therapy is usually used in combination with other therapies. And this treatment method has lesser side effects as they can attack specific breast cells, without affecting the healthy breast cells.

Post-remission Treatment for Breast Cancer

Follow-up care, regular check-ups, and continued conversations with your breast oncoplastic surgeon are a part of post-treatment care for breast cancer patients. This helps doctors to ensure that the cancer has not returned and that there are no subsequent health problems resulting from cancer treatment.

Other Breast Disorder Treatments

Additionally, Continental Hospitals also has dedicated support and care for other breast related ailments with our Pregnancy Breast Care Clinic, Dedicated Male Breast Care Clinic, Lymphoedema Clinic for specific Breast Cancer treatments.

Technology & Facilities

The Breast Clinic at Continental Hospitals, is a dedicated, one-stop, state-of-the-art facility for diagnosis, treatment, and care of all breast cancers and breast ailments.

We have the most advanced infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities for diagnosis and surgeries and we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide the best care every single one of our patients.

The facilities at the Breast Clinic in Continental Hospitals for breast cancer care include:

  • Advanced radio imaging techniques like SPECT Gamma Camera, MRI, CT & mammography
  • Dedicated surgical suites for all types of advanced breast surgeries
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic facilities for biopsies and other investigations
  • Advanced post-op ICUs and rooms for post-surgical recovery

Our Doctors

Continental Hospitals is one of the best hospitals in India for breast cancer surgeries with an expert panel of breast oncoplastic surgeons. We are renowned for our superior patient care and excellent patient outcomes as it remains our everyday endeavor to deliver world-class care for all types of breast cancers and breast ailments.

Our expert panel of breast oncoplastic surgeons include:

Dr Praveen Kumar Dadireddy

MBBS, MBS, FRCS

Sr Consultant - Medical Oncology & Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon

We are with you in your journey to better health

A consultation with our panel of doctors, specialists and surgeons will help you determine what kind of services you may need to help diagnose and treat your condition. If you or someone in your family or friend’s circle are facing any health issues, please get in touch with us, we are here for you.

 

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