Breast Cancer Associated Lymphedema

Lymph Nodes What is the lymphatic system? lt is a network of lymph nodes and lymph vessels that collect and carry watery, clear lymph fluid throughout the body including the heart, much like the veins. What is Lymphoedema of the arm? Lymphoedema is the build-up of lymph fluid in a part of your body. DuringContinue reading “Breast Cancer Associated Lymphedema”

Breast cancer awareness in October

The month of October has marked the world over as Breast Cancer Awareness month, to raise awareness about breast cancer early detection and treatment. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Indian women.  1 in every 21 women in India will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The rate of breast cancer in IndiaContinue reading “Breast cancer awareness in October”

Breast Feeding and Cancer

Breast feeding enriches the bond between mother and child. Though breast feeding is a personal choice it gives a healthy start to the baby. Exclusive breast feeding for the first 6 months of life provides all the nutrition required for the healthy development of the baby. Beyond 6 months breast milk should be supplemented withContinue reading “Breast Feeding and Cancer”

Cultural barriers in Cancer

Cancer effects everyone differently. I have seen patients,some so positive yet others so negative. In a country where we still have care givers who do not want the patient to know the diagnosis and hide the truth from them, I wonder how do these patients cope. Who do they turn to? Who is protecting whom?Continue reading “Cultural barriers in Cancer”

Lingering questions and thoughts on the mind of a Breast Cancer Survivour

A lot of questions and thought remain on the mind, long after the last chemo/radiation. Life should have gone back to normal, no more fatigue/nausea, a head full of hair. But the truth is survivors still face a host of problems. To name a few: How to prevent Breast Cancer recurrence Management of  relationship withContinue reading “Lingering questions and thoughts on the mind of a Breast Cancer Survivour”

Lemonaid Signs of Breast Cancer

Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont developed a lemon centric picture to depict the signs of breast cancer. This picture makes understanding signs of breast cancer very easy. Every individual can comprehend this pictorial sign of breast cancer. A: HardeningB : PinchingC: ErosionD: Red & HotE: New fluidF: DimplingG: puckeringH: Growing veinI: Nipple retractionJ: AsymmetryK: Orange skinL: Invisible lump Next:-Continue reading “Lemonaid Signs of Breast Cancer”

Breast Cancer Myths

Not every lump in the breast is cancer. Fact: Only a small percentage of breast lumps are diagnosed to be cancer. Only if you have a family history will you develop breast cancer. Fact: Genetic factors are estimated to cause only 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases. Men do not get breast cancer. Fact:Continue reading “Breast Cancer Myths”

Time to lose weight: Obesity a modifiable risk factor in Breast Cancer

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) , overweight and obesity are the most important known avoidable causes of cancer after tobacco. A strong relationship exists between obesity and breast cancer(and various other cancers).  This co-relation is complex and not well understood. Obesity has also been related to advanced disease at diagnosis and with aContinue reading “Time to lose weight: Obesity a modifiable risk factor in Breast Cancer”