Radiotherapy (Radiation Therapy) for Breast Cancer Treatment in Delhi NCR
Radiation therapy or radiotherapy is used to destroy tumour cells in the breasts or surrounding areas after surgery. In this technique, high energy x-rays or gamma rays are shot at the target area to completely destroy cancer cells. It achievesthe goal of killing tumour cells precisely and is often used in combination with cancer surgery to show best results.
Radiotherapy is a specialized treatment not available in every hospital. However, we at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital &Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad, provide the best radiotherapy to our patients with breast cancer diseases made available by our ex-army radiation oncologists.
What are the different types of radiation therapies?
There are basically 2 types of radiation therapies:
External Beam Radiation Therapy: It is the most common radiotherapy used to treat breast cancer. In this procedure, the radiation is administered using a machine from outside the body. A tele-therapy machine shoots focused radiation beams at the affected area of the body.
Internal Radiation Therapy: In this technique, radio-active isotopes or particles that kill tumour cells are positioned inside the body around the affected area. This technique is also termed as brachytherapy.
The following are the different radiotherapies available at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad:
- IGRT: Image Guided Radiotherapy
- IMRT: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
- SBRT: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
- SRS: Stereotactic Radio surgery
- SRT: Stereotactic Radiotherapy
- 3D CRT: Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
We at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad aim at providing a better quality of life to our cancer patients using our highly-advanced state-of-the art Halcyon 2.0 machine. We have the world’s best radiation therapy machine, Halcyon 2.0 which provides the fastest radiation therapy using IGRT, IMRT, SBRT, SRS, SRT and 3D CRT radiation therapy techniques. Each fraction takes just 90 seconds.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
Some common signs & symptoms of breast cancer include:
- Thickening or lump within the breast, which is different from neighbouring tissues
- A change in the shape, size or appearance of breast
- Dimpling or pitting of skin of the breast
- Inverted nipple, which was earlier not inverted
- Dark pigmentation or flaking & peeling of skin around nipple or anywhere on the breast
- Change in colour of the breast skin such as redness & rashes
Who is the right candidate for radiotherapy?
Generally, radiation therapy is used to destroy the cancer cells remaining after cancer surgery. An oncologist is the doctor who deals with your cancer. Your oncologist at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad may recommend radiation therapy in the following cases:
- After Lumpectomy: If you have undergone lumpectomy and axillary nodal clearance (a surgery to remove the tumour around breasts), you may be recommended to undergo radiation therapy treatment to completely destroy the remaining microscopic tumour cells in the surrounding areas of the breasts.
- After Mastectomy: In this kind of surgery, the affected part of the breast is removed. Since some cells still stay in the affected area even after the surgical removal, radiotherapy treatment is recommended to completely destroy the remaining tumour cells.
There may be many reasons for which radiotherapy is recommended after mastectomy such as:
o When the tumour is larger than 5 centimetres
o When the tumour has affected the skin
o When one or more lymph nodes are affected by the tumour cells
o When the lymph channels & blood vessels in the breast are affected by the tumour cells
What to expect after breast cancer radiotherapy?
We at Yashoda Super speciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad, are readily available at our patients’ service. Our patients’ comfort and welfare are of utmost importance to us. After undergoing the radiotherapy for breast cancer, our doctors will guide you through each and every step that you need to follow in order to recover quickly. Our dedicated team in radiation oncology, surgical oncology and medical oncology will provide you with various instructions so that you can feel safe and comfortable in our hospital.
Our Team of Expert Doctors for breast cancer radiotherapy
At Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad, cancer care is provided by ex-army cancer specialists. They have immense experience from Tata Memorial Hospital. Our team of oncologists is highly dedicated towards patients. The team consists of highly proficient and world renowned medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. This team also has reconstructive surgeons, interventional onco-radiologists, onco-pathologists, hematologists, uro oncologists. The screening, treatment and clinical care at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute focuses upon providing continuous care to patients needed at every stage. Comprehensive care is provided to patients in order to take care of each and every aspect of cancer stage along with personalized care to every patient. This team of multi sectoral doctors at Yashoda diagnose patients at every stage and also provide motivation to fight the disease, assuring them their full availability with their expertise.
List of advanced technologies available at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute, Sanjay Nagar, Ghaziabad
Medical oncology program
Our medical oncologists are the most experienced. To treat cancer effectively, they often employ immunotherapy which is a biological therapy undertaken by activating or suppressing the immune system and targeted therapy in combination with chemotherapy.
Surgical oncology program
The surgical oncology division at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute which puts immense efforts to diagnose and treat cancer. The highly skilled doctors at Yashoda remove complex tumours with a high success rate.
Hematology division at Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital & Cancer Institute is one of the most renowned in Delhi NCR. This type of cancer begins in the blood forming tissue, such as bone marrow, or cells of the immune system. For treating blood cancer, our doctors provide the most advanced treatment with our latest technological equipment and chemotherapy protocols.