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BREAST CARE CENTRE

Overview

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancer depending on which cells in the breast turn into cancer and it can spread outside the breast through blood vessels and lymph vessels. When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it is said to have metastasized. The breast care center at Saudi German Hospital Dubai, UAE provides comprehensive and compassionate care by a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, covering prevention, diagnosis, acute and long-term breast cancer treatment plan, management of possible complications, emotional and psychological support, nutritional recommendations, pain management, follow-up and monitoring of possible recurrence.

Breast Cancer Causes

When a person is healthy, their immune system attacks any abnormal DNA or growths. When a person has cancer, this does not happen. As a result, cells within breast tissue begin to multiply uncontrollably, and they do not die as usual. This excessive cell growth forms a tumor that deprives surrounding cells of nutrients and energy.
Research indicates that are several risk factors that may increase your chances of developing breast cancer. These include:
  • Age: Being 55 or older increases your risk for breast cancer.
  • Sex: Women are much more likely to develop breast cancer than men.
  • Family history and genetics: About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are due to single abnormal genes that are passed down from parents to children, and that can be discovered by genetic testing.
  • Smoking: Tobacco use has been linked to many different types of cancer, including breast cancer.
  • Alcohol use: Research indicates that drinking alcohol can increase your risk for certain types of breast cancer.
  • Obesity: Having obesity can increase your risk of breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence.
  • Radiation exposure: If you’ve had prior radiation therapy — especially to your head, neck or chest — you’re more likely to develop breast cancer.
  • Hormone replacement therapy: People who use HRT have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. But the first noticeable symptom is an area of thickened tissue (lump) in the breast or an armpit. Other symptoms include:
  • Armpit or breast pain does not change with the monthly cycle.
  • pitting, like the surface of an orange, or color changes such as redness in the skin of the breast.
  • A rash around or on one nipple.
  • Discharge from a nipple, which may contain blood.
  • A sunken or inverted nipple.
  • Any change in the size or shape of the breast.
  • Flaking of the skin of the breast or nipple.
  • If you have any signs or symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.
    Doctors often diagnose breast cancer as a result of routine screening or when a person reports symptoms. Our Breast Related tests and procedures that can help the doctor make and confirm the diagnosis:
  • Breast exam: This involves checking the breasts for lumps and other possible indications of cancer.
  • Imaging tests: Several types of scans can help detect breast cancer, including:
  • Diagnostic Mammogram test: This is a type of X-ray that doctors commonly use during initial breast cancer screening. Breast Mammogram Screening produces images that can show lumps or abnormalities. If there is any sign of a potential problem, the doctor usually conducts further testing.
  • Breast Ultrasound: This scan uses sound waves to help a doctor differentiate between a solid mass and a fluid-filled cyst.
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This combines different images of the breast to help a doctor identify cancer or other abnormalities. A doctor may recommend an MRI as a follow-up to a mammogram or ultrasound. Doctors may also use MRIs to screen people with a higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Biopsy: This involves extracting a sample of tissue and sending it to a laboratory for analysis. And there are different kinds of biopsies (for example, fine-needle aspiration, core biopsy, or open biopsy).
  • Breast cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of breast cancer and how far it has spread. People with breast cancer often get more than one kind of treatment. The effective approach depends on several factors, including the type and stage of the cancer, the sensitivity to hormones, the person’s age, overall health, and preferences.
  • Surgery: An operation where doctors cut out cancer tissue. Lumpectomy procedure includes breast cancer lumpectomy surgery and lumpectomy recovery. Mastectomy surgery includes bilateral mastectomy (double mastectomy), radical mastectomy, and a partial mastectomy.
  • Chemotherapy for breast cancer: It is a Targeted Therapy for breast cancer using special medicines to shrink or kill the cancer cells. The drugs can be pills you take or medicines given in your veins, or sometimes both.
  • Hormonal therapy: Blocks cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow.
  • Biological therapy: Works with your body’s immune system to help it fight cancer cells or to control side effects from other cancer treatments.
  • Radiation therapy for Breast Cancer: Using high-energy rays (similar to X-rays) to kill the cancer cells.
  • The breast care Center at Saudi German Hospital Dubai, UAE provides comprehensive and compassionate care by a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, covering prevention, diagnosis, acute and long-term treatment plan, management of possible complications, emotional and psychological support, nutritional recommendations, pain management, follow-up and monitoring of possible recurrence.

    Services
    Prevention of Cancer- Cancer  Screening

    • Breast Mammogram/ Ultrasound and MRI
    • Pap Smear
    • Colonoscopy
    • Endoscopy
    • Low- dose CT scan

    Treatment of Cancer

    • Chemotherapy- Assessment of patient health and treatment planning
    • Chemotherapy drugs administration
    • Targeted Therapy
    • Blood/Platelet transfusion
    • Recommendation and Referral for Radiation Therapy
    • Recommendation and Referral for Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
    • Discussion of cases in routinely held multidisciplinary TUMOR BOARD meeting.

    Other Services

    • Testing for tumor markers and carrying out biopsies in a laboratory.
    • Care of colostomy
    • Placement and care of implanted venous access device ( port a cath/mediport)
    • Certified Nutrition Therapist for consultation
    • Full time Board certified Consultant Psychiatrist
    • Palliative care for terminally ill patients
    • Dedicated Pain Clinic
    • Cancer Support Group
    • Provide information and organizing seminars/symposiums about cancer.
    • Patient education material and guide to helpful resources.

    Doctors and Medical Team
    At Saudi German Hospital Dubai Cancer Center, we provide care and treatment planning by focusing on a multidisciplinary team approach, ensuring the highest benefit to our patients. Our medical team is made up of specialists from many different fields and medical professionals with expertise in cancer as follows:

    Medical Professionals

    • Oncology Nurses
    • Pharmacist specializing in cancer and chemotherapy
    • Dietician

    Medical Equipment

    • Certified Laboratory
    • Radiology- 24/7 MRI, CT scan, Mammography, Ultrasonography
    • Nuclear Medicine Bone Scans, Thyroid Scans, X Ray

    Core Experts

    • American Board Certified Consultant Oncologist/Hematologist
    • Specialist Hematologist/Oncologist
    • Bone Marrow Specialist
    • Consultant Surgical Oncologist
    • Gynecologic Oncologist
    • Diagnostic Radiologist
    • Pathologist
    • Anesthesiologist.

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