Dr. Bhavana Parikh

Breast Cancer Treatment in Ahmedabad

Breast Cancer

DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENTS, CAUSES

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Breast cancer is one of most curable cancer if detected early.

Breast cancer remains one of the most prevalent forms of cancer affecting women globally. With advancements in medical science, the treatment landscape for breast cancer has evolved significantly, offering patients better outcomes and improved quality of life.

At Aurum Cancer Care in Ahmedabad, we are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized breast cancer treatment under the expertise of Dr. Bhavana Parikh. In this article, we will delve into the causes, symptoms, and the reasons why choosing Dr. Bhavana Parikh for breast cancer treatment can make a difference.

Understanding Breast Cancer: Causes and Symptoms

Breast cancer develops when cells in the breast grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor. While the exact cause of breast cancer is not fully understood, several risk factors contribute to its development. These include:

  • Genetic Factors: Inherited mutations in certain genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, significantly increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Hormonal Factors: Estrogen and progesterone, hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle, can influence the development of breast cancer. Early onset of menstruation, late onset of menopause, and hormone replacement therapy are associated with an increased risk.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Obesity, lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking are lifestyle factors that can increase the risk of breast cancer.
  • Family History: Individuals with a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk of developing the disease.
  • Recognizing the symptoms of breast cancer is crucial for early detection and effective treatment. Common symptoms include:
  • Lump or Mass: A painless lump or mass in the breast or underarm area is often the first noticeable symptom of breast cancer.
  • Changes in Breast Size or Shape: Any changes in the size or shape of the breast, dimpling, or puckering of the skin should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
  • Nipple Changes: Changes in the appearance of the nipple, such as inversion, discharge, or scaling of the skin, may indicate breast cancer.
  • Breast Pain: While breast pain is not usually a sign of breast cancer, persistent or unexplained pain should be investigated further.

The incidence of breast cancer rises after age 40. The highest incidence (approximately 80% of invasive cases) occurs in women over age 50.

Why Choose Dr. Bhavana Parikh for Breast Cancer Treatment?

  • Expertise and Experience: Dr. Bhavana Parikh is a highly experienced oncologist specializing in breast cancer treatment. With years of experience and a dedication to excellence, she offers patients the highest standard of care.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: At Aurum Cancer Care, we adopt a multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment, involving a team of experts including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and supportive care specialists. Dr. Bhavana Parikh collaborates closely with this team to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
  • Advanced Treatment Options: Aurum Cancer Care is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technology for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. From minimally invasive surgical techniques to targeted therapies and immunotherapy, we offer a comprehensive range of treatment options to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.
  • Compassionate Care: Dr. Bhavana Parikh and the entire team at Aurum Cancer Care are committed to providing compassionate and supportive care to patients and their families throughout their treatment journey. We understand the physical and emotional challenges of battling breast cancer and strive to create a supportive environment where patients feel empowered and cared for.
  • Patient-Centered Approach: Each patient is unique, and we believe in taking a patient-centered approach to breast cancer treatment. Dr. Bhavana Parikh takes the time to listen to her patients, understand their concerns, and involve them in the decision-making process every step of the way.

Mammography

It is basically X-Ray with low dose radiation; it takes two x-rays of each breast.
Mammography procedure is not painful but gives some discomfort to breast.
Mammography should be done after 40 years of age; younger female requires Sonography of breast to detect any kind of breast lump of breast cancer.

Sonography

It is basically X-Ray with low dose radiation; it takes two x-rays of each breast.
Mammography procedure is not painful but gives some discomfort to breast.
Mammography should be done after 40 years of age; younger female requires Sonography of breast to detect any kind of breast lump of breast cancer.

Microcalcification

Micro calcifications are small calcium deposits that look like white specks on a mammogram. This is extreme common finding on mammogram. Majority are non-cancerous (Benign).
Micro calcifications are usually not a result of cancer. But if they appear in certain patterns and are clustered together, they may be a sign of precancerous cells or early breast cancer.

DCIS

DCIS stands for ductal carcinoma in-situ, which means cancerous cells have started to grow within one of the milk-ducts of breast. If the cells were still confined to the milk duct, it is classified as having a Stage 0 breast cancer.

Invasive breast cancer

Majority of Breast cancers are Invasive variety. After investigation, generally patient cancer stage is decided and treatment is done according to stage.

Breast Conservative Surgery (BCS)/ Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Not all breast cancer patients require the removal of breasts. The breast can be saved in the majority of breast cancer patients.
In BCS, only the tumor and a small margin of surrounding normal tissue are removed, along with a few lymph nodes for testing.

Oncoplastic Breast surgery

It is an approach for breast cancer patients that improve cosmetic outcomes. To do this, surgeons will combine breast cancer tumour removal (a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy) and plastic surgery techniques (reconstructive surgery) at the same time of breast conservation surgery

Mastectomy

A mastectomy involves the surgical removal of the entire breast and all the lymph nodes in the armpit.

FAQs

Symptoms of breast cancer can vary, but common signs include a lump in the breast or armpit, changes in breast size or shape, nipple changes such as inversion or discharge, and skin changes like redness or dimpling.

Risk factors for breast cancer include being female, increasing age, family history of breast cancer, inherited gene mutations (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2), previous history of breast cancer, hormone replacement therapy, certain benign breast conditions, and lifestyle factors like alcohol consumption and obesity.

Breast cancer can be diagnosed through various methods including physical examination, imaging tests like mammograms, ultrasound, and MRI, and biopsy (removing a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope).

Treatment for breast cancer depends on factors such as the type and stage of cancer, as well as the individual’s health and preferences. Common treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.

Survival rates for breast cancer vary depending on the stage at diagnosis and other factors. Generally, the earlier the cancer is detected and treated, the better the prognosis. The five-year relative survival rate for localized breast cancer is around 99%.

Yes, although it is much less common, men can get breast cancer. Risk factors for male breast cancer include increasing age, high estrogen levels, family history of breast cancer, and certain genetic conditions.

While breast cancer cannot always be prevented, there are steps individuals can take to reduce their risk, such as maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake, being physically active, breastfeeding if possible, and avoiding hormone replacement therapy.

Numerous support resources are available for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones, including support groups, counseling services, online forums, helplines, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to breast cancer awareness and support. Additionally, healthcare providers and hospitals often offer specialized support programs for cancer patients.

Hormonal Therapy and Targeted therapy

Breast cancer is fuelled by hormones, such as estrogen circulating in the body. After the initial surgery, tumour samples are examined in the lab for the presence of estrogen receptors, progesterone receptor and Her 2 neu receptor.
The results of these tests will determine if a woman would be a good candidate for a drug like Tamoxifen, which binds to the hormone receptors – and prevents the real estrogen from acting on the tumour. Tamoxifen can slow or stop the growth of cancer cells and is considered highly effective in lowering the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
For post-menopausal women with hormone-sensitive tumours, doctors may prescribe a class of drugs known as aromatase inhibitors, instead of Tamoxifen.

Trastuzumab

It is another drug that can help put the brakes on uncontrolled cancer growth. It is used in women who have a gene that leads to an excessive number of HER2 receptors on the surface of the cancer cells. These receptors pick up growth signals and spur on the tumour. By blocking HER2 receptors, Herceptin can slow or stop the growth of the breast cancer.

Words of our patients and their family

Nayna

The best oncologist and breast cancer specialist not only in terms of treatment but also the amount of emotional and mental support she provides, this is exceptional. She has been constantly providing support throughout the treatment and extended it even after. We are completely satisfied with her treatment, and we recommend her to anyone who is looking for the same. You will not regret choosing her. Doctors like her is a great gift to the society. Thank you so much Dr. Bhavna, I will be always grateful to you throughout my life

Jignesh

We didn't knew where to begin for my cousin sister treatment, but you are the most caring doctor that we have ever known. Thank you so much for all that you did for us! Requested to all any kind of breast related surgery Consult with Dr.Bhavana Parikh. She is Very well behavior and friendly attitude. Recommended for all 😊😊

Hemant

She is simply outstanding in her field. Not just in knowledge but as a wonderful human being as well. She went out of her way to help us. God bless you doctor.

SANJAY

Dr. Bhavna Parikh is the best gynec cancer doctor in ahmedabad, gujarat. She is very experienced in all type of cancer treatment. I personally recommend to all who are suffering from cancer. Consult with Dr. Bhavna Parikh

Chirag

Experienced Doctor, well maintained hospital and qualified and trained staff. Quite affordable treatment

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