Breast Oncology


Dr. Ashish Goel

Dr. Ashish Goel – Best surgeon for Breast Cancer Surgery in Noida

Dr. Ashish Goel has 25 years experience in oncology and oncosurgery. He is the best cancer surgeon and oncologist in Noida, Delhi, NCR. He has a keen interest in Breast Oncology, Head and Neck Surgery and Thoracic Oncology. He is equally trained in treating Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary and Gynaecological cancers. Dr Goel is currently Director and HoD Surgical Oncology at Jaypee Hospital, Noida.

Overview of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a disease in which abnormal breast cells grow out of control and form tumours. If left unchecked, the tumours can spread throughout the body and become fatal.

Breast cancer cells begin inside the milk ducts and/or the milk-producing lobules of the breast. The earliest form (in situ) is not life-threatening. Cancer cells can spread into nearby breast tissue (invasion). This creates tumours that cause lumps or thickening.

Invasive cancers can spread to nearby lymph nodes or other organs (metastasize). Metastasis can be fatal.

Treatment is based on the person, the type of cancer and its spread. Treatment combines surgery, radiation therapy and medications.

Who is at risk of Breast Cancer?

Female gender is the strongest breast cancer risk factor. Approximately 0.5–1% of breast cancers occur in men. The treatment of breast cancer in men follows the same principles of management as for women.

Certain factors increase the risk of breast cancer including increasing age, obesity, harmful use of alcohol, family history of breast cancer, history of radiation exposure, reproductive history (such as age that menstrual periods began and age at first pregnancy), tobacco use and postmenopausal hormone therapy. Approximately half of breast cancers develop in women who have no identifiable breast cancer risk factor other than gender (female) and age (over 40 years).

Family history of breast cancer increases the risk of breast cancer, but most women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a known family history of the disease. Lack of a known family history does not necessarily mean that a woman is at reduced risk.

Certain inherited high penetrance gene mutations greatly increase breast cancer risk, the most dominant being mutations in the genes BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB-2. Women found to have mutations in these major genes may consider risk reduction strategies such as surgical removal of both breasts.

Signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can have combinations of symptoms, especially when it is more advanced. Most people will not experience any symptoms when the cancer is still early.

Symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • a breast lump or thickening, often without pain
  • change in size, shape or appearance of the breast
  • dimpling, redness, pitting or other changes in the skin
  • change in nipple appearance or the skin surrounding the nipple (areola)
  • abnormal or bloody fluid from the nipple.

People with an abnormal breast lump should seek medical care, even if the lump does not hurt.

Most breast lumps are not cancer. Breast lumps that are cancerous are more likely to be successfully treated when they are small and have not spread to nearby lymph nodes.

Breast cancers may spread to other areas of the body and trigger other symptoms. Often, the most common first detectable site of spread is to the lymph nodes under the arm although it is possible to have cancer-bearing lymph nodes that cannot be felt.

Over time, cancerous cells may spread to other organs including the lungs, liver, brain and bones. Once they reach these sites, new cancer-related symptoms such as bone pain or headaches may appear.

Treatment for Breast Cancer

Treatment for breast cancer depends on the subtype of cancer and how much it has spread outside of the breast to lymph nodes (stages II or III) or to other parts of the body (stage IV).

Doctors combine treatments to minimize the chances of the cancer coming back (recurrence). These include:

  • surgery to remove the breast tumour
  • radiation therapy to reduce recurrence risk in the breast and surrounding tissues
  • medications to kill cancer cells and prevent spread, including hormonal therapies, chemotherapy or targeted biological therapies.

Treatments for breast cancer are more effective and are better tolerated when started early and taken to completion.

Surgery may remove just the cancerous tissue (called a lumpectomy) or the whole breast (mastectomy). Surgery may also remove lymph nodes to assess the cancer’s ability to spread.

Radiation therapy treats residual microscopic cancers left behind in the breast tissue and/or lymph nodes and minimizes the chances of cancer recurring on the chest wall.

Advanced cancers can erode through the skin to cause open sores (ulceration) but are not necessarily painful. Women with breast wounds that do not heal should seek medical care to have a biopsy performed.

Medicines to treat breast cancers are selected based on the biological properties of the cancer as determined by special tests (tumour marker determination).  The great majority of drugs used for breast cancer are already on the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML).

Lymph nodes are removed at the time of cancer surgery for invasive cancers. Complete removal of the lymph node bed under the arm (complete axillary dissection) in the past was thought to be necessary to prevent the spread of cancer. A smaller lymph node procedure called “sentinel node biopsy” is now preferred as it has fewer complications.

Medical treatments for breast cancers, which may be given before (“neoadjuvant”) or after (“adjuvant”) surgery, is based on the biological subtyping of the cancers. Cancer that express the estrogen receptor (ER) and/or progesterone receptor (PR) are likely to respond to endocrine (hormone) therapies such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors.  These medicines are taken orally for 5–10 years and reduce the chance of recurrence of these “hormone-positive” cancers by nearly half.  Endocrine therapies can cause symptoms of menopause but are generally well tolerated.

Cancers that do not express ER or PR are “hormone receptor negative” and need to be treated with chemotherapy unless the cancer is very small. The chemotherapy regimens available today are very effective in reducing the chances of cancer spread or recurrence and are generally given as outpatient therapy. Chemotherapy for breast cancer generally does not require hospital admission in the absence of complications.

Breast cancers may independently overexpress a molecule called the HER-2/neu oncogene. These “HER-2 positive” cancers are amenable to treatment with targeted biological agents such as trastuzumab. These biological agents are very effective but also very expensive, because they are antibodies rather than chemicals. When targeted biological therapies are given, they are combined with chemotherapy to make them effective at killing cancer cells.

Radiotherapy plays a very important role in treating breast cancer. With early-stage breast cancers, radiation can prevent a woman having to undergo a mastectomy. With later stage cancers, radiotherapy can reduce cancer recurrence risk even when a mastectomy has been performed. For advanced stage of breast cancer, in some circumstances, radiation therapy may reduce the likelihood of dying of the disease.

The effectiveness of breast cancer therapies depends on the full course of treatment. Partial treatment is less likely to lead to a positive outcome.

Breast Oncology or Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women. Any woman irrespective of age is at risk of developing breast cancer.  The main warning signs of breast cancer are the development of any lump in the breast and axilla (armpit) or abnormal or blood-stained nipple discharge. In case any woman has a lump in her breast that is gradually increasing in size, she must consult a trained specialist, an oncologist, or a cancer surgeon, for clinical examination. For breast lumps that are suspicious of cancer, the oncologist would ask for some investigations including digital mammography and ultrasound of the breast and a guided biopsy or FNAC for confirmation of diagnosis.

Breast Oncology / Cancer Treatment

Breast Oncology or Breast Cancer is curable especially if detected in early stage. There has been much advancement in breast cancer surgery, which many people are not aware of. Today if a woman develops breast cancer, there is no need to remove the entire breast (Mastectomy). The Best Breast Surgeon in noida or breast cancer specialist doctor and Oncologist would remove the tumor and armpit glands and reconstruct the breast using oncoplastic techniques (Breast Conservation Surgery and Axillary Clearance with Oncoplastic Reconstruction) in order to maintain size, shape and contour of the breast. Depending on the histopathology report many patients require chemotherapy and radiotherapy in addition to surgery. If the armpit nodes are not suspicious on imaging, the surgeons do a sentinel node biopsy from the armpit to check for their involvement and avoid complete axillary clearance. Non palpable lesions in breast detected by screening mammography need wire localization under ultrasound guidance before surgery. Dr. Ashish Goel is a best Breast Cancer surgeon & breast cancer Specialist and is available for best breast cancer treatment in Noida, Delhi NCR.

Since being a women is a risk factor for development of breast cancer, all women should be alert for any changes in the breast especially appearance of lumps or bumps in the breast, any spontaneous blood stained discharge from nipple or armpit swellings. Regularly do a breast self-examination and at least once an year consult a surgical oncologist for a thorough breast examination and screening mammography annually.

Dr. Ashish Goel : Best Breast Oncologist / Cancer Surgeon in Noida Delhi NCR

Dr. Ashish Goel is a Breast Cancer Specialist in Noida, Delhi NCR  Dr. Goel is a specialist for treatment of Breast Cancer and is an accomplished Breast Cancer Surgeon. His expertise includes Breast Conservation Surgery, Sentinel Node Biopsy and Oncoplastic Reconstruction. 

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