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“I have been told that the lump in my breast is cancer this morning. My doctor told me that I should get operated immediately or else my cancer will spread. Surgery has been scheduled for tomorrow. I am worried that it might spread by then”

Date :31/08/18 Writen By : Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna

This kind of knee jerk reaction surgery happens very commonly in our Country. While we cannot afford to lose too much time to decide and plan treatment, there is no urgency in removing the lump or the breast in an unplanned fashion. The diagnosis has to be ascertained by tests that will include mammogram, breast ultrasound and a core biopsy from the lump. Mammogram and ultrasound are useful tests that help us in diagnosis and planning of surgery. A well done mammogram and ultrasound should map out the extent of the disease to plan complete or partial removal of the breast and the need for ax

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Newspaper says 70% of breast cancer patients do not need chemotherapy….Why are you suggesting that I should have chemotherapy?

Date :06/06/18 Writen By : Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna

Today’s newspaper headlines reported that “fewer women needing chemotherapy” and another said, “70% of breast cancer patients do not need chemotherapy”. This caused a lot of confusion. I was inundated with phone calls and my clinic was flooded with concerned patients and /or their relatives wanting to check whether they should continue chemotherapy. Let’s understand the context clearly. Before the advent of genomic tests, we traditionally used tumour size, grade, lymph nodal status and hormone receptor status to decide the need for adjuvant chemotherapy for

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Yet Another Breast Cancer Patient Falls For The Natural Remedy Promise…

Date :31/05/18 Writen By : Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna

There is a lot of information that is being circulated in social media about natural cures for cancer. They passionately talk about the doctors and scientists hiding lifesaving nature cures from patients in cahoots with the big bad Pharma industry to promote allopathic drugs. The self-styled experts claim that everything from lemon juice to baking soda, to vitamin B17 to green juice can cure cancer. Despite the fact that there are no scientific data to substantiate these claims, even educated and intelligent young people buy into and promote cancer misinformation. The idea of nature cure from

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Why Are We Doing More Mastectomies For Breast Cancer In Our Country?

Date :06/06/18 Writen By : Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in India. About 1 lakh new cases are being diagnosed every year in India. Majority of them present at a very advanced stage and consequent to this the morality is also very high. Lack of awareness, reluctance to see medical professionals, fear of diagnosis, fear of losing the breast, fear of treatments like chemotherapy or radiotherapy are some of the reasons why women do not seek medical attention early. Western world amidst debates about the benefit of screening started screening program in the 80’s and 90’s. A significant

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