Rapid access for diagnosis and treatment
A One Stop Triple Assessment is offered to all women and men presenting to the Breast Centre. This is a unique set up, FIRST of its kind in the Country, where Clinical Assessment, Breast imaging and Breast biopsy are all done under one roof in a specific purpose built Breast Centre. You do not need to go to Radiology Department for Mammogram or Ultrasound assessment. The results of Imaging will be available within the hour - same day. The Core biopsy/FNAC report would be available in about three days.
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Digital Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)
We were the first Centre in South India and the Second Unit in the Country to have acquired the Full Field Digital Mammography system – FFDM(2007), where the traditional conventional x-ray film is replaced by electronics that convert x-rays into digital pictures of the breast. This is similar to pictures captured on digital cameras. Advantages being better quality pictures/images, much lower radiation dose & significantly less discomfort.
And then…15 years later…The BEST just got BETTER
We are the first Centre in Telangana/Andhra Pradesh and the Second Unit in the Country to have acquired the most advanced – latest, fastest and highest resolution version of 3D Mammography Unit.
SCREEN DETECTED EARLY LEFT BREAST CANCER
Breast Cancer Counseling
Dedicated Breast cancer counseling will be made available to women affected with breast cancer at the Breast Centre.
Detailed Counseling will be done by the Consultant Surgeon in the Breast Centre and he will talk to you about your diagnosis/treatment.
What are the possible questions that one might want to ask the Specialist?
One should feel free to ask questions to the Specialist relating to various treatment options. They might include
- Why is this the best treatment for me?
- Are there any options?
- What are the possible side effects?
- Are there any short term & long term complications?
- How will these treatments impact on everyday life?
You may also want to read booklets published by Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with Breast Cancer Care, UK or download the World’s first mobile app on ‘ABC OF BREAST HEALTH’ that provides detailed information about every aspect of breast cancer and benign non cancer breast health issues in simple easy to understand format in 12 commonly spoken Indian languages, including English.
ABC OF BREAST HEALTH
World's First Mobile app on Breast Health in 12 languages
For Free download, please click on link below
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Results of the investigations will be made available within 24 hours & women affected with breast cancer would be offered individualised multidisciplinary treatment based on evidence & guidelines.
Reconstructive and Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
Oncoplastic Breast surgery is relatively new concept and refers to techniques that combine principles of Oncological surgery with Plastic surgery in some carefully selected women having breast conserving surgery, thus achieving superior cosmetic results and patient satisfaction. Immediate (at the time of Breast cancer surgery) and Delayed Breast Reconstruction (many months after Breast cancer surgery) would be offered to women undergoing Mastectomy (removal of breast) for Breast cancer.
Sentinel node biopsy using blue dye alone-Blue Dye Augmented Axillary Node Sampling(BDANS)
As breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes in the axilla (arm pit), it is a standard practice to remove lymph nodes at the same time as surgery to the breast. The traditional management is to do a formal Axillary Node Clearance where most of the lymph nodes in the axilla (arm pit) are removed. However, this procedure can potentially cause significant morbidity, such as altered sensation & swelling (lymphedema) of the arm. Moreover, removal of all lymph nodes in axilla may not be necessary in many women presenting with early cancer.
Sentinel Node Biopsy (SNB) is a minimally invasive procedure that is offered to women who are unlikely to have spread of cancer to lymph nodes in the axilla. This procedure significantly improves the accuracy of axillary staging in women with early breast cancer & the latest generation Indocyanine green (ICG) Fluorescence Navigation System is used to remove the sentinel nodes, thus minimizing the morbidity when compared with the traditional axillary node clearance.
Family History & Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic
The Breast Centre would conduct dedicated Family History Clinic on specific days of the week aimed at reaching out to women at high risk of developing breast cancer. Based on the history and assessment, Genetic testing would be offered to women at high risk of developing familial breast cancer & those found to be at high risk will be counseled with the appropriate Breast cancer preventive strategy based on evidence based guidelines.
Empowerment of women & men affected with Breast cancer
One of the most important components of delivering high quality Breast cancer care is the ability to counsel, guide & educate women in simple, easy to understand language not only about the disease but also about the various treatment options including the risks and side effects.
For the FIRST time in 30 years, Breast Cancer Care, UK, which is the largest provider of accurate Information and emotional support to women and men affected with breast cancer in the United Kingdom, has entered into a collaboration with an Overseas Breast Cancer Foundation (Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, Hyderabad) to make available their excellent well researched up-to-date information from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
The Information booklet series, which has been modified (with due permission from Breast Cancer Care, UK), has its own logo & design. Published under the banner of Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, these booklets are available for the FIRST time in India at KIMSS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases. All the booklets are available online (www.ubf.org.in or www.breastcancerindia.org).
Inspired by Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India’s dream of Digital India, Dr. Raghu Ram conceived, designed & launched the World’s First Mobile App on Breast Health (‘ABC of BREAST HEALTH’) that provides information available in Booklets on a Mobile application. The aim is to empower people about every aspect of breast cancer and benign non cancer breast health issues in simple easy to understand format in 12 commonly spoken Indian languages – English, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Oriya & Assamese (2017)
ABC OF BREAST HEALTH
World's First Mobile App on Breast Health in 12 languages
For Free download, please click on link below
Promoting Breast awareness
KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases will work tirelessly to actively promote the concept of BREAST AWARENESS, which is gaining increasing acceptance world over. This is clearly a move away from the popularly held concept of rigorous Breast Self Examination (BSE), which has not proven to be effective
Being Breast Aware is about becoming familiar with the breasts and the way they change throughout a woman’s life. It is a concept that encourages women to know how their breasts look and feel normally so that they gain confidence about noticing any change which might help detect breast cancer early.
Breast Awareness 5 - Point Code
- Know what is normal for you
- Know what changes to look & feel for
- Look and feel
- Report any changes to your Doctor without delay
- Have Breast Screening once every two years if you are aged 40 and over
CHANGES THAT YOU MUST BE AWARE
You need to be aware of any changes that are new or different for you, such as:
- A change in size it may be that one breast has become noticeably larger or noticeably lower
- A nipple has become inverted (pulled in) or changed its position or shape
- A rash on or around the nipple
- Discharge from one or both nipples
- Puckering or dimpling of the skin
- A swelling under your armpit or around your collarbone (where the lymph nodes are)
- A lump or thickening in your breast that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
- Constant pain in one part of your breast or in your armpit.