Wockhardt Hospital launches breast cancer support group

Wockhardt Hospital started a breast cancer support group at the facility to raise awareness across generations. The aim is to convey 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.

There is an increasing burden of breast cancer in India. It is one of the deadliest cancers and a major health problem not only in the country but in the world. Lack of breast cancer awareness has resulted in higher mortality and morbidity rates among female patients. The risk factors for this cancer are smoking, alcohol, family history, late marriages and avoidance of breastfeeding, and the treatment of the disease is based on the stage of the cancer. 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.

“Breast is one of the most common types of cancer in women. Many women do not notice breast changes or neglect them, suffer in silence and waste their precious life. There are many myths related to breast cancer that can prevent a person from seeking help in a timely manner Timely screening, diagnosis and a range of treatment options can save lives The patient will need support to cope with physical and emotions of cancer and following doctors’ instructions to ensure a good prognosis of the disease.We want every woman to know that she should opt for self-exam at 20, clinical exam after 30 and mammogram after 40 years on a regular basis,” said Dr. Aditi Agrawal, consultant breast onco-surgery at Wockhardt Hospital.

Dr Atul Narayankar, consultant in medical oncology, said: “Breast cancer is not limited to older women. These days, it is mostly seen in the younger population. 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. 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 issues 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,” concluded cancer warrior Ms. Sh alini.

Virginia S. Braud