Over the last ten years Breast Cancer has been rising steadily and now it is the most common cancer in women in India. Age adjusted rate is as high as 25.8 per 100,000 women and mortality 12.7 per 100,000 women. With the advent of effective screening modalities it is now possible to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage. Five year survival rate of breast cancer detected at the earliest stage is more than 90%.
The Breast Cancer treatment team at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre offers leading-edge, personalized care, from effective screening through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Till date more than 20,000 breast surgeries have been done.
We consider every woman and man diagnosed with breast cancer to be a unique individual who deserves a carefully thought-out, personalized treatment plan offering advanced care. With this objective each case is being discussed in detail in tumor board for better outcomes. To provide the best treatment options to meet each patient’s goals, our specialists work as a united team, carefully evaluating patient and the specifics of breast cancer.
Our specialists are experts in breast cancer care and research, providing patients the latest and the most effective treatments with the greatest chance of cure. Our center is one of the few centers in the world providing latest cutting edge diagnostic technologies and targeted treatments, minimal invasive surgery, molecular pathology and more-effective chemotherapies, radiotherapy and prevention.
DIAGNOSTIC FACILITIES listed below are all available under one roof. They range from:
INTERVENTIONAL advancements are used for establishing diagnosis wherever indicated. They are as of:
Our center excels in Mastectomy as well as lesser Invasive treatment options as of:
Most effective chemotherapy and radiotherapy including Accelerated partial breast irradiation are also available.
Breast Cancer is a malignant tumour specific to the human breast. It is the result of an atypical growth of cells in the breast that can metastasize to other body parts, causing a systematic breakdown of body processes and fatality. Lately, we have seen a surge in breast cancer cases in India and worldwide. As per National Cancer Registry Programme, 25% to 32% of all female cancers in the leading Indian urban centres are related to breast cancer. Though females are the prime victim of breast cancer, males can also develop the malignancy. The origin of breast cancer is shrouded in mystery. However, there are certain risk factors specific to the condition, such as ageing, heredity, genes, radiation exposure, obesity, delayed pregnancy and alcohol.
The prominent symptoms and signs of breast cancer may include, but not limited to:
It is worth mentioning that the majority of lumps are benign. However, a regular check-up is always advised, as the chances of successful breast cancer treatment amplify with an early detection. Read More.
It is divided into two categories:
Though a variety of staging methods are in use, generally breast cancer is spread out in five stages, each of which is characterised by the size and outreach of the tumour. The oncologist often determines the stages by subjecting the patient to a series of specialised physical exams, X-rays, biopsies, bone scans and blood tests.
Initial stage: The primary stage of breast cancer is also medically referred to as Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS). Here, the malignant cells are restricted within the duct and yet to come in contact with the surrounding tissues.
Stage 1: This stage is characterised by the abnormal growth of malignant cells. The tumour size is about 2 cm and the lymph nodes are not infected as yet.
Stage 2: Herein, the tumour gains size and outreach. The surrounding lymph nodes come in contact with the infected cells.
Stage 3: In the onset of this stage, the tumour gains mass and may become as big as 5 cm across. The threat of infected lymph nodes is maximized.
Stage 4: The final stage is characterised by the metastasis of malignant tissues. Cancer spreads to distant organs, among which the prime recipients are brain, liver, bones and lungs.
Following are the most common treatment options for breast cancer:
There are different types of surgeries for removing breast cancer. Some common breast cancer surgeries are mastectomy, lumpectomy, sentinel node biopsy, axillary lymph node dissection and contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.
In this treatment option, high-powered radiation beams are passed through your skin for killing cancer cells.
It is a drug treatment for destroying cancer cells. This treatment is generally done along with surgery. It is done before surgery to shrink tumour cells so that surgery could be avoided.
In this treatment option, production of oestrogen and progesterone hormones is blocked, as these hormones may lead to the growth of tumours.
Certain medications, such as Herceptin, are also prescribed for blocking the body’s production of HER2 protein, which helps in growing breast cancer cells.
RGCIRC is one of the top hospitals in Delhi, India to treat breast cancer. The average cost of treatment is between INR 5 to 6 lakhs, including radiotherapy, surgery and investigations. With targeted therapy, the six cycles of chemotherapy may cost you more than INR 20 lakh.