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Breast Conservation Surgery for Breast Cancer

@ Baby Memorial Hospital, Center of Excellence in Cancer Treatment

Breast Conservation Surgery is a very effective treatment for patients diagnosed with early stage breast cancers. In this procedure, breasts are not completely removed. Only the cancer, lymph nodes and some healthy tissue surrounding the tumor are removed. The amount of breast removed depends on the size and location of the tumor. After Breast Conservation Surgery, most women will have radiation therapy. Though, the tumour is removed along with a one cm margin on normal tissue all around the tumour, there is still a significant chance that cancer will again arise from the remnant breast tissue of the same side. To decrease this cancer developing again in the same breast, radiotherapy is important for any patient undergoing a Breast Conservation Surgery, and post operative radiotherapy decreases the chances of disease coming back significantly.

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Advantages

  • Very effective treatment for early stage breast cancer
  • Early detection of cancer
  • Complete breast is not removed, only the cancer, lymph nodes & some healthy tissue surrounding the tumor are removed
  • More cosmetically appealing, because only part of breast is removed, saving healthier portion of breasts
  • Less expensive than Mastectomy (Complete breast removal surgery)
  • This is typically a out patient procedure, overnight stay at the hospital is usually not required
  • The whole procedure is easy and less complicated
  • Faster recovery, the patient can get back to normal life a lot sooner than Mastectomy
  • It is important that Breast Conservation Surgery is to be done in a multi specialty hospital like BMH. With nine separate Centers of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, spine & Sports Injuries, Renal Care, Oncology, Women care, Child care and Liver & Gastro Sciences, there is support readily available in case of any complication
  • Palliative Surgical Procedures

Highlights

  • BMH is a 800 bed Multi-specialty hospital with over 40 medical and surgical departments
  • 16 world-class operation theatres
  • 13 fully equipped ultramodern ICUs comprising 150 critical care beds
  • NABH Accredited
  • Laparoscopic set with High Definition Camera & Harmonic Scalpel
  • State­ Of­ The ­Art Electrocautery Unit with Hydro Jet Dissector
  • Risk Reduction and Prophylactic Surgeries for High Risk Individuals
  • Port Placement for Brachytherapy and Chemotherapy
  • Dual energy “Varian” Linear Accelerator with precision 120-Millennium-Multi-Leaf Collimator and Rapid Arc
  • 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) with Rapid Arc
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) with On Board Imaging, Cone Beam CT and respiratory gating
  • High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
  • Eclipse, 10.0 computerised Treatment Planning system

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Description

Breast Conservation Surgery (BCS) is an operation to remove the cancer while leaving as much normal breast as possible. Some surrounding healthy tissue and lymph nodes are usually also removed.

Breast Conservation Therapy (BCT) is the process of following up Breast Conservation Surgery with moderate dose radiation therapy in order to eliminate residual disease in the breast. Though, the tumour is removed along with a one cm margin on normal tissue all around the tumour, there is still a significant chance that cancer will again arise from the remnant breast tissue of the same side. To decrease this cancer developing again in the same breast, radiotherapy is important for any patient undergoing a Breast Conservation Surgery, and post operative radiotherapy decreases the chances of disease coming back significantly.

Breast Conservation Surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, and an overnight stay in the hospital is usually not needed. Most women should be fairly functional after going home and can often return to their regular activities within 2 weeks.

After surgery is complete, a pathologist, will use a microscope to look at the tissue that was removed. If the pathologist finds no cancer cells at any of the edges of the removed tissue, it is said to have negative or clear margins . Sometimes breast cancer cells spread past what the imaging studies are able to show. So if microscopic cancer cells are found at the edges of the tissue, it is said to have positive margins.

The presence of positive margins means that some cancer cells may still be in the breast after surgery, so the surgeon may need to go back and remove more tissue. This operation is called a re-excision. If cancer cells are still found at the edges of the removed tissue after the second surgery , a mastectomy may be needed.

It’s an easier operation. The woman gets back to her life and family sooner. It avoids many of the complications of breast reconstruction, which include functional and cosmetic problems for the woman.

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All treatments and therapies are performed by our associate Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India. BMH holds the responsibility of the treatment effectiveness and other services mentioned above.

After submitting your enquiry, you will be receiving a consultation over the phone, email or chat from an expert from BMH. The exact treatment procedure, patient qualification guidelines for the surgery, effectiveness of the surgery, do’s and don’ts before and after treatment, etc are communicated to you by the expert.

Before booking, you will be communicated the terms and conditions of the associate, which you have to agree for proceeding with the confirmation.

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