Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Every person has a different breast shape, size, colour, and it is bound to change in the way it looks and feels over the years. In fact, they may even feel different at different times of the month, and that is completely normal. That said, it is important to understand and identify certain changes that may be unusual than the ones you usually see, as it may be a symptom of breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer symptoms is vital when it comes to treating it. Therefore, if you notice any of the following changes, it is best to visit a professional doctor and get checked.

 

Unusual tenderness or soreness

Women may feel a certain amount of tenderness or soreness before or during their monthly cycle which is completely normal. However, if the pain or tenderness seems unusual, more than normal, or untimely, it’s always best to avoid the risks and get investigated by your doctor.

 

Lumps or bumps

This is usually the most telling breast cancer symptom. If you find a lump or a bump that wasn’t there before, you should visit a doctor. Keep in mind that not all lumps are cancerous, but getting such symptoms of breast cancer checked, is always the safest thing to do.

 

Change in appearance

Your breasts change in shape, size, and colour over the years but if you notice a drastic or abnormal change in how they look, it could be a breast cancer symptom that you should not ignore.

 

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Rashes

If you notice rashes, swelling, crusting, or redness on the skin of your breasts, it could be a symptom of breast cancer.

 

Nipple discharge

Experiencing a milky discharge from your breasts if you’re not breastfeeding, may be a cause for concern and should be checked by a professional at the earliest.

 

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Change in direction of the nipple

If the nipple is turned inwards instead of outwards, it may be a sign of breast cancer. Additionally, if you notice unusual asymmetry of change in one breast, it is best to get checked. However, many people have asymmetrical breasts, therefore there is a need to worry only if it is a newly noticed change.

 

All these symptoms may not necessarily indicate cancer, but having them checked is a must. Moreover, doing regular checks for breast cancer even if you don’t have these symptoms is a good practice.

 

If you, or anyone you know is fighting breast cancer, and struggling to pay the medical expenses, help them out by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru, and mobilizing people to donate towards yours, or your loved one’s treatment fund. If all of us come together to pool in small sums of money for breast cancer patients, there will be more survivors than sufferers!

 

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List of Cancer Hospitals in India

In India, there are nearly 8.8 lakh cancer related deaths expected by the year 2020. When cancer was diagnosed back in the day, it was assumed that there was no cure to it, and death was the ultimate consequence. However, medical research and practices have evolved drastically over the years. Moreover, there are many more cancer hospitals in India that offer cancer treatments now. Many of these hospitals are also associated with cancer trusts and associations, that assist sufferers with financial aid for their cancer treatment.

 

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We’ve listed out some of the hospitals that have oncology centres in the country, from cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Rajasthan, and Hyderabad.

 

Cancer Hospitals in Mumbai

 

Tata Memorial Hospital

Address: Dr. E Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012, India

Phone:+91 22 2417 7000

 

P. D. Hinduja Hospital

Address: Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400016, India

Phone:+91 22 2445 1515

 

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute

Address: Rao Saheb Achutrao, Patwardhan Marg, Four Bunglows, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053, India

Phone:+91 22 3066 6666

 

Cancer Hospitals in Delhi

 

AIIMS Delhi

Address: Sector – IRCH, Ansari Nagar East, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Phone – +91 11 2658 8500

Website:http://www.aiims.edu

 

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre

Address: Sector – 5, Rohini

Delhi – 110 085

Website:http://www.rgcirc.org/

 

Apollo Cancer Institute

Address: Apollo Hospital

Sarita Vihar, Delhi Mathura Road,

New Delhi – 110076 (INDIA)

Phone No: + 91 – 11 – 2692 5858 / 2692 5801

 

Cancer Hospitals in Chennai

 

Cancer Institute

Address: No 1, East Canal Bank Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600020, India

Phone:+91 44 2491 1526

 

Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital

Address: New No.6, Old No.24, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600035, India

Phone:+91 44 2433 4455

 

Dr. Rai Memorial Medical Centre

Address: No. 562, Century Plaza, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018, India

Phone:+91 44 2434 9594

 

Cancer Hospitals in Bangalore

 

Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Centre

Address: 1st Cross, Behind Rangadore Hospital, Shankarapuram, Basavanagudi, Near Chikkanna Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004, India

Phone:+91 80 2698 1101

 

Kidwai Memorial Hospital of Oncology

Address: Dr. M.H Marigowda Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560030, India

Phone:+918026094000

 

Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center

Address: 258/A Bommasandra Industrial Area Anekal Taluk, Road, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560099, India

Phone:+91 8071 222 222

 

Cancer Hospitals in Kolkata

 

Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute

Address: 37, S.P.Mukherjee Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026, India

Phone:+91 33 2475 9313

 

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute

Address: 16A, Park Lane, Behind Park Street Police Station, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India

Phone:+91 33 2227 6388

 

Bengal Oncology Centre

Address: 172, Behind Deshapriya Park/Priya Cinema, Motilal Nehru Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029, India.

Phone:+91 33 2465 4576

 

Cancer Hospitals in Rajasthan

 

Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre

Address: Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302017, India

Phone:+91 141 270 0107

 

Geetanjali Cancer Centre, Udaipur

Address: Hiranmagri Extension, Manwakhera NH-8 Bypass, Near Eklingpura Chouraha, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313002, India

Phone:+91 294 250 0001

 

Sita Devi Cancer Hospital

Address: 18, Nandpuri Extension,80 Feet Road, Behind Chambal Grid, Hawa Sadak, Sodala, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302019, India

Phone:+91 141 221 0734

 

Cancer Hospitals in Hyderabad

 

American Oncology Institute

Address: At Citizens Hospital, Nallagandla, Serilingampally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500019, India

Phone:+91 40 6719 9999

 

Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute

Address: Road No 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034, India

Phone:+91 40 2355 1235

 

MNJ Institute of Oncology

Address: Red Hills, Lakdi-ka-pool, Beside Niloufer Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004, India

Phone:+91 40 2331 8422

 

Please note that these are not recommendations for cancer hospitals in India or practitioners of them, this list is made based on the research gathered from various sources on the Internet. So if you or anyone you know in these cities is in search of a cancer hospital in India, please share this information with them.

 

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Additionally, if you know someone struggling to gather funds for treatment of cancer, help them by starting a crowdfunding campaign that appeals to friends, family, survivors, and even strangers, to donate towards your cancer treatment fund.

 

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Stages of Cancer

When doctors begin the process of tests and diagnosis for cancer in a patient, the first thing they need to find out is what type of cancer it is, and what stage the cancer is at. Cancer staging is a medical method of determining the size of the cancer, and how far it has spread in the rest of the body.

 

So here’s why finding out the different stages of cancer is essential to the treatment of a patient:

  1. Understanding the stages of cancer helps the doctor understand the speed of growth, and how the cancer or tumor is behaving.
  2. Knowing the stage of cancer enables a doctor to prescribe the correct treatment for it – ranging from chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, surgery, or a combination of these.
  3. The results of a treatment can be partially compared to research studies.
  4. To understand the chances of survival.
  5. The patient or it’s family will be able to make a rough estimate of the costs and medical expenses for the treatment prescribed, in order to raise money for it.

 

While most of us would have heard of the standard classification of cancer stages 1,2, 3, or 4, based on the symptoms and initial diagnosis, there is in fact another way to classify it, called the TNM staging system. So let’s begin by understanding the standard staging system that uses numbers.

 

What is Stage 0 Cancer?

Stage 0, is also referred to as carcinoma in situ, and implies that there is a group of abnormal cells in the body that are not yet cancerous. However, these cells have the potential to become cancerous, if the necessary measures aren’t taken. Diagnosis of cancer at stage 0 is usually good news, as it can easily be treated with less aggressive or natural techniques, combined with steps to boost your immune system. Understanding the cause of cancer and addressing it at stage 0 can make the cancer reversible.

 

What is Stage 1 Cancer?

Among the ‘early stages’ of cancer, stage 1 is used to describe a cancerous tumor that exists, but only in a certain part, and has not travelled to other areas such as the blood stream. At this stage the cancer is relatively small and localized, and can be treated in that area itself.

 

What is Stage 2 Cancer?

At this stage, the cancer has not yet spread to other areas of the body, but is relatively large in size when compared to a tumor found in stage 1. Treatment at this stage depends on the size, as well as the type of cancer a person is suffering from.

 

What is Stage 3 Cancer?

Stage 3 is also referred to as ‘regional spread’. As the name suggests, the tumor at this stage has spread to the surrounding tissues, and has high chances of travelling even further. At this stage aggressive treatment is usually prescribed, along with taking measures to boost a person’s immune system that will fight the cancer cells, and stop them from moving to other parts.

 

What is Stage 4 Cancer?

Stage 4 is the most critical stage in the cycle of a sufferer. It implies that the cancer has spread significantly from where it started, and may have even affected other organs in the body. It is also known as ‘metastasis’, or ‘advanced’ cancer. Stage 4 of cancer is difficult to treat, and may involve a combination of aggressive treatments, that have an adverse effect on the overall health of a person.

 

Now to understand the second method of cancer staging called TNM, T stands for tumor, N stands for nodes, and M stands for metastasis.

 

T – Tumor

T refers to the size of the cancerous tumor, and the extent to which it has spread in the nearby tissue. The size of the tumor can be further described in 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, with 0 being the smallest size, and 4 being the largest.

 

N – Nodes

This stage determines the amount of lymph nodes that are present and have been affected by the cancer. This too can be further described in numbers, with 1 being few lymph nodes, and 3 being lots.

 

M – Metastasis

Metastasis refers to the extent the cancer has spread to, in other areas of the body, as well as affected other organs.

 

While this may not be a thorough or detailed medical explanation for cancer as it varies with each case, it is sufficient for the family of a sufferer to have a simple understanding of the disease. That said, if you, or anyone you know is fighting for their life with the disease, and is unable to get the right treatment due to shortage of funds, we urge you to help them out by starting a crowdfunding campaign with Impact Guru, and raising funds from your friends, family and strangers, for the treatment.

 

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