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. One does 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 two - three days.
We take great pride in giving utmost importance to Counselling. The vast majority of women have benign breast disease. Counselling these women involves reassuring the ‘worried well’.
We believe that counselling is 50% of cancer care. In those diagnosed with breast cancer, meticulous attention is given to explaining the results in simple easy to understand format, and equally, preparing/giving the much needed confidence before commencing treatment to the patient and their relatives. Adequate psychological & emotional support is provided taking into consideration individual needs of patients and their families in a sensitive and supportive environment at the Breast Centre.
Individualised treatment is offered by a multidisciplinary team based upon evidence based guidelines.
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery & Breast reconstruction
Oncoplastic Breast surgery is relatively new concept and refers to techniques that combine principles of Oncological surgery with Plastic surgery in women having breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy), 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) is offered to women undergoing Mastectomy (removal of breast) for Breast cancer.
Sentinel Node Biopsy (SNB)
The standard management of axilla in Breast cancer is to do a formal Axillary Node Clearance where most of the lymph nodes in the axilla (arm pit) are removed. This may be necessary in patients who are considered to have obvious disease in the axilla. However, as this procedure can potentially cause significant morbidity, 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 arm pit. This procedure significantly improves the accuracy of axillary staging in women with early breast cancer. A combination of blue dye and Indocyanine green (ICG) fluorescence navigation method is used to remove only a few nodes, thus minimizing the morbidity when compared with the traditional axillary node clearance.
Vacuum assisted Biopsy (VAB)
The standard surgical treatment for a fibroadenoma (benign lesion in the breast) is a formal excision under general anaesthesia. Vacuum Assisted Biopsy is a relatively new technique that is employed in carefully selected patients to remove small benign non cancerous lesions under 2 cms in size through this technique. A pin hole cut is made in the skin overlying the lesion in the breast and with a VAB gun, the entire lump can be removed under local anaesthesia in the Breast Centre. The patient would be able to go home on the same day within a few hours after the procedure. This procedure is one option for young women who choose to have small benign non cancerous lumps removed.
Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. KIMS USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases has been at the forefront in creating awareness about this very important fact through a number of innovative initiatives for well over a decade. Breast Screening is recommended for women 40 years and over annually.
Breast Screening by way of Mammography (X- ray of the breasts) is an effective proven way of detecting breast cancer early many years before the lady or the doctor can feel the lump in the breast.
We are the very FIRST Centre in South India to have acquired the Digital mammography Unit, where an image of the breast is produced in about five seconds (compared to four to five minutes with a traditional mammogram). This technique is more effective than standard mammography in showing up early subtle breast cancer changes & is particularly useful in younger women with dense breasts.
Family History & Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic
The Breast Centre conducts 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 counselled 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 Health 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.
Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation launched the World’s first mobile app on breast health in twelve commonly spoken Indian languages(English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi,Oriya & Assamese).
The mobile application, “ABCs OF BREAST HEALTH”, which is freely downloadable in both Apple and Google play store provides information about every aspect of breast cancer and benign non cancer breast health issues explained in simple easy to understand format. The aim of this landmark initiative, which was launched in 2017, is to counsel, guide & educate people across the nation about various aspects of Breast health so that they are well informed & better prepared, thus filling a huge void in breast health care in South Asia.
Freely downloadable - Apple and Google store
No questions asked...No information captured
Google App Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=devatech.kims.avantari
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/abcs-of-breast-health/id1482487468
Promoting Breast awareness
KIMS USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases works 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 womans 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
CHANGES THAT YOU MUST BE AWARE
- 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
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 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.
- puckering or dimpling of the skin overlying the breast
- a nipple has become inverted (pulled in) or changed its position or shape
- a rash on or around the nipple
- blood stained spontaneous discharge from the nipple
- a swelling under the armpit or around collarbone (where the lymph nodes are)