Breast Cancer: Types, Symptoms, Treatment Options, and Support Services
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the breast tissue. It affects women of all ages, although it is more common in women over the age of 50. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of breast cancer, the symptoms to watch out for, and the treatment options available. We’ll also discuss the breast clinic at MGM Cancer Institute and the one-stop breast clinic services they offer.
Types of Breast Cancer:
There are several types of breast cancer, but the two most common types are:
- invasive ductal carcinoma: starts in the milk ducts of the breast and then spreads to other areas of the breast tissue.
- invasive lobular carcinoma: starts in the milk-producing glands of the breast and then spreads to other areas of the breast tissue.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer:
The symptoms of breast cancer can vary from person to person, but some of the most common symptoms include:
- A lump or mass in the breast
- Swelling in the breast
- Pain or tenderness in the breast
- Nipple discharge
- Changes in the shape or size of the breast
- Changes in the appearance of the nipple or breast skin
It’s important to note that not all lumps or changes in the breast are cancerous, but it’s important to get them checked out by a doctor.
Breast Clinic at MGM Cancer Institute:
At the MGM Cancer Institute, they offer a one-stop breast clinic service. This service provides comprehensive breast care under one roof, which includes:
- Risk Assessment/Cancer Screening: The breast clinic at MGM Cancer Institute offers a breast cancer risk assessment program, which helps identify women who are at higher risk for breast cancer. The clinic also offers mammography, breast ultrasound, and MRI scans for early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
- Triple Assessment: The clinic offers a triple assessment, which includes clinical breast examination, imaging, and biopsy for the diagnosis of breast cancer.
- Image-Guided Breast Biopsies/Interventions: The clinic offers image-guided breast biopsies and interventions, which include ultrasound-guided, mammography-guided, and MRI-guided biopsies and drainage procedures.
- Breast Cancer Surgeries: The clinic provides various breast cancer surgeries, including breast preservation surgery, breast reconstruction surgery, nipple reconstruction and breast remodelling surgery. The surgeries are performed by expert breast cancer surgeons using the latest surgical techniques.
- Breast Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgery: The clinic also offers breast cancer risk-reducing surgery, which includes prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy for women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
In addition to the breast clinic services, MGM Cancer Institute also offers various support services for breast cancer patients, which include:
- Counseling services for emotional and psychological support
- Rehabilitation services for physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Nutrition services for dietary counseling and support
- Palliative care services for pain management and symptom control
In essence, Breast cancer is a serious condition that affects many women worldwide. However, with early detection and the right treatment, the chances of survival are high. If you notice any changes in your breast, be sure to get them checked out by a doctor. Remember, early detection is key, and the one-stop breast clinic services at MGM Cancer Institute can provide you with the comprehensive care you need.
Schedule an appointment with the MGM Cancer Institute’s Breast Clinic today to get the support and care you need, Speak with one of our experts. Call us at +91 44 4251 5151 to schedule an appointment.
Dr Veda Padma Priya
Senior Consultant – Breast Oncology & Oncoplasty
Department of Breast Oncology