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New Surgery a Boon for Breast Cancer Victims

Times of India
7 March, 2010
Hyderabad, India

Now, Docs Suggest Onco Plastic Breast Surgery Instead Of Mastectomy
New Breast Surgery
P Sunita (name changed) was devastated when she was told that she had breast cancer. Her first apprehension was that her breast would be removed and with this came the fear: ‘How am I going to face my family and friends with a vital part of my body removed.’

But then doctors told her that mastectomy (breast removal) was not the only option, she could opt for onco plastic breast surgery. Sunita went in for the second option and she now is a happy woman leading a normal life. There are several hundreds of women who do not want to compromise and yet they are going under the knife.

Quoting a survey done in the West which found that 80 per cent of the women above 70 years of age opted for breast conservation rather than removal, Dr P Vijayanand Reddy, consultant oncologist and director, Apollo Cancer Institute, says that there are women who are willing to die rather than go in for mastectomy. Cancer specialists say that presently one in 15 urban women are falling prey to breast cancer. Various risk factors of breast cancer including having the first child at a late age and shorter duration of breast-feeding are coming into play, oncologists said. In rural areas, one in 40 women are prone to breast cancer.

This surgical option for breast cancer patients though dependent on the tumour size and the breast size, has come as a major relief for the new age women who want to live a quality life. Otherwise, the alternative is either mastectomy or lumpectomy, both of which may result in a significant breast deformity.

Pranita (name changed), a 47-yearold entrepreneur who underwent this surgery and is leading a normal life says: “The way you look and dress up, does matter. The fact that you are back to normal makes a huge attitudinal difference. I went into depression since the time I realised it but this oncoplastic surgery was a transformation in my mental and spiritual abilities. Everything is interlinked and all of us want to look our best.” She had got the surgery done two years back and is now living a normal life.

Dr P Raghu Ram of Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Diseases suggested that women after crossing 40 years should undergo mammogram and those women who have family history of the disease should start cancer checks early at 35 years. Urban women are opting for oncoplastic surgery to lead a quality life, he said.

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