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City Hospital Launches Breast Cancer Support Group, Helps Newly Diagnosed Patients | Bombay News

ByJulie J. Helfer

May 23, 2022
A city hospital recently launched its own breast cancer support group in the facility to raise awareness across generations. Their goal is to spread the message that breast cancer patients have a good survival rate and can lead a normal life.
Experts Dr. Aditi Agrawal, consultant in breast oncosurgery, and Dr. Atul Narayankar, consultant in medical oncology, spoke at the event educating everyone on the importance of regular mammograms, self-examination breasts, diagnosis, counselling, the right treatment approach, quality care, and maintaining a well-balanced diet and exercise routine after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The program saw the participation of 40 newly diagnosed patients and breast cancer warriors who underwent mastectomy, partial breast reconstruction and full breast reconstruction to overcome breast cancer. These are the patients who are doing well, and then there are new patients who have just started their journey with breast cancer. The hospital staff color code was pink for the event.
Breast cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and a major health problem not only in the country but in the world. The aim of this support group is to know that breast cancer patients have a good survival and can lead a normal life after the end of treatment although there are regular follow-ups.
The breast is one of the most common types of cancer seen in women. Many women do not notice breast changes or neglect them, suffer in silence and lose their precious lives. Dr Aditi Agrawal, Breast Onco-Surgical Consultant, Wockhardt Hospitals Mira Road, said: “There are many myths related to breast cancer that can prevent a person from seeking timely help. Timely screening, diagnosis and a range of treatment options can save lives. The patient will need to be accompanied to cope with the physical and emotional changes of cancer and to follow the instructions of the doctors to ensure a good prognosis of the disease. We want every woman to know that she should opt for self-examination at 20, clinical examination after 30 and mammogram after 40 on a regular basis.
Doctors say breast cancer is not just limited to older women. Nowadays, it is seen mainly in the younger population. Dr Atul Narayankar, consultant in medical oncology, added: “Many women are depressed and go through a wide range of emotions. Diagnosis and treatment are detrimental to mental and physical well-being. Loss of a breast due to mastectomy is associated with dissatisfaction with appearance, perceived loss of femininity, body image, and wholeness. It may take some time for a woman to adjust to a new body shape after breast cancer surgery. We’ve created a support group to send the message that breast cancer is preventable when diagnosed and treated in its early stages. We have a multidisciplinary team of specialists who take the patient’s history and perform a physical examination to suggest appropriate treatment. Women should have a proactive approach and their partners, friends and family members also encourage them to take the utmost care of themselves. Remember that together we can wholeheartedly fight breast cancer.
“The diagnosis of breast cancer was shocking to me. I just couldn’t come to terms with the diagnosis. I was unaware of the treatment process. But the prompt treatment I was given made my life easier. journey to control the disease Breast cancer can strike anyone at any time, so women should perform breast self-examinations and report any changes in the breast to their GP .I am a proud survivor of breast cancer and thank the hospital for taking such a big step in helping others clear their doubts and do all they can to take care of their health Patients losing their hair or have other problems from chemotherapy and need support. I hope I can encourage others like me to fight cancer and beat it. Do whatever it takes to become a survivor,” said concluded cancer warrior, Shalini.