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Breast Cancers

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it's far more common in women.
Substantial support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped created advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths associated with this disease is steadily declining, largely due to factors such as earlier detection, a new personalized approach to treatment and a better understanding of the disease.

Symptoms

  • A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
  • Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast
  • Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
  • A newly inverted nipple
  • Peeling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple or breast skin
  • Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange

Causes

Doctors know that breast cancer occurs when some breast cells begin to grow abnormally. These cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells do and continue to accumulate, forming a lump or mass. Cells may spread through your breast to your lymph nodes or to other parts of your body.
Breast cancer most often begins with cells in the milk-producing ducts. Breast cancer may also begin in the glandular tissue called lobules or in other cells or tissue within the breast.
Researchers have identified hormonal, lifestyle and environmental factors that may increase your risk of breast cancer. But it's not clear why some people who have no risk factors develop cancer, yet other people with risk factors never do. It's likely that breast cancer is caused by a complex interaction of your genetic makeup and your environment.

Patients Inquiry For Breast Cancer

  • Is breast Cancer curable?

    Ofcourse its curable provided its diagnosed at an earlier stage specially stage 1 and 2. The problem for late diagnosis is because most women don’t pay attention to any changes in their breasts or are shy to talk about it.

  • Will I loose both the breasts if I have breast cancer in one breast?

    Not at all, Today if diagnosed earlier we may be able to save both the breasts by only taking out only the cancerous part on the breast. Its also known as minimal invasive surgery.

  • Is it compulsory to remove the entire breast?

    Not at all, if diagnosed earlier we may be able to save both the breasts by only taking out only the cancerous part on the breast. Its also known as minimal invasive surgery. But if its suspected to spread in the rest of the area the entire breast may have to be removed.

  • Will removing a breast cause any discomfort ?

    No not really, most of the small problems are cycological which can be helped with prosthesis readily available in the market

  • Will removing a breast cause any sideeffects?

    No

  • What are the chances of cure for stage 1 breast cancer?

    90% of the cases are not only cured but we are able to save both the breasts as well

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  • What are the chances of cure for Stage 2 breast cancer?

    90% of the cases are not only cured but we are able to save both the breasts as well

  • What are the chances of cure for stage 3 breast cancer?

    40% of the patients get cured while for the rest we have to continue different treatment protocols to control the spread of the disease

  • What are the chances of cure for stage 4 breast cancer?

    At this stage its difficult because of poor prognosis, but we have a lot of treatment protocols to control the spread of the disease. But I must admit I have seen a lot of miracles happen in my lifetime in my 50+ years of experience which has surprised science

  • After the breast surgery does the removal of breast look bad?

    For any woman breast removal may cause social discomfort, but a huge variety of prosthesis are available which can help them feel comfortable when they are going for any social gathering or events

  • Can I just remove the tumor from the breasts and save my entire breast from being removed?

    Yes, In stage 1 cancer and stage 2 cancer its is very much possible by a special form of surgery and by a specialist surgeon which I can recommend.

  • What are the treatments used to cure breast cancer?

    There are three main treatments, chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. Which treatment is best for you and when will be decided after seeing all your reports and talking to you. Now a days we alsohave targeted therapy which has shown great response. Let me see your reports and speak to you and guide you on the best treatment protocol for you because treatments vary from person to person

  • Is takingbreast cancer treatments safe during covid 19 pandemic/ corona virus?

    Definetly, provided you take all the care required to prevent covid 19

  • Is chemotherapy safe?

    These days its very safe, it has some known side effects which can be prevented and treated effectively

  • What is port surgery and port management?

    Is a very common procedure followed almost by every cancer patient in the US and Europe where a device is installed in you from which chemotherapy can be given. This ensures that for every chemotherapy injections pricks are avoided and your veins don’t get damaged. Lately its getting very common in India too. But this should be done by specialists only.

  • Will I loose hair during chemotherapy?

    Mostly yes, but with certain medicines you don’t loose any hair. But there is absolutely nothing to worry as hair loss is not permanent. After your chemotherapy is over the hair comes back naturally

  • I found a lump on my breast/swelling on my breast, is it breast cancer?

    All lumps are not breast cancer, hardly about 10% of all lumps are breast cancer others are all benign. We can determine that with certain tests

  • After taking the treatment can my breast cancer come back?

    Stage 1 breast cancer and stage 2 breast cancer there is only 10% chance of it coming back, while in stage 3 breast cancer and stage 4 breast cancer there may be a 50 % chance but even if it does come back we have treatment protocols that may control it again

  • Will my sexual feeling or hormones change with the removal of breast or because of chemotherapy?

    No

  • What are some of the highly effective latest advanced medicines used to cure breast cancer?

    Trastuzumab Injection has great response specially for her 2 + patients, and palbociclib for erpr + patients and many more effective medicines according to the stage of cancer

  • Can my breast cancer be passed to my children or grand children?

    Very rarely, only 2% of breast cancer can be transferred in the family, and this is because of the gene defect

  • What should be my best diet during breast cancer treatment?

    A lot of patients make the mistake of following a specific diet, in my opinion a patient needs to continue his or her normal diet which they have followed in their life and incase they are loosing weight, they should add milk, ghee, butter, ice creams, curd, paneer which can help them maintain their weight

  • Can I have sex during breast cancer treatment or after breast cancer treatment?

    If you are comfortable, yes you can.

  • Will my husband or wife get breast cancer if we have physical relationship?

    Not at all.

  • Do males get breast cancer?

    Yes but its really very rare

Dr. Avinash Talele

Dr Avinash D Talele MD DM is a Senior Medical Oncologist and Hematologist. Dr Avinash started his oncology carrier at prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai from 2011. He had the privilege to work with some of the finest oncologist in the country.

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Dr Avinash D Talele MD DM is a Senior Medical Oncologist and Hematologist. Dr Avinash started his oncology carrier at prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai from 2011. He had the privilege to work with some of the finest oncologist in the country, there he was trained to manage difficult cancers including lymphomas, myelomas, and rare uncommon malignancies with state of art protocols.