Columbia Asia Hospitals as part of the women’s health prevention, promotion and treatment initiative has a breast health programme. Breast diseases include infective, benign and malignant conditions. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Indian women and it is also known that early diagnosis and early initiation of treatment has ensured a good outcome of the disease.
Columbia Asia Hospitals, India combines advanced technology and clinical expertise with care and compassion from caregivers that drives the programme and encourages women to screen themselves correctly and ensure early detection of cancers. The focus of the clinic is the entire spectrum of preventive, promoting and curative services for breast diseases. It is a privilege for the hospital to train women in breast self-examination and combine early detection and contemporary treatment by doctors who practice evidence based medicine.
The clinic also supports women’s needs in lactation, breast and nipple disorders that limit breast feeding. Lactation support during pregnancy ensures exclusive breast feeding is done according to World Health Organisation protocols.
Aim of the programme
- To establish a one-point contact for all breast related issues
- To support new mothers in breast feeding
- To diagnose and treat benign breast conditions
- To ensure women understand the need for screening for breast cancer and utilise the services
- To identify high risk women for breast cancer through a questionnaire and counsel them to undergo screening as per protocol
- To enable early detection, early initiation of treatment and management of breast cancer including follow-up and treatment of complications
- To encourage preventive services for breast cancer through self-breast examination, linked to clinical examination and imaging
Good breast health can be maintained by:
- Monthly breast self-examination
- Screening mammograms
- Having a risk assessment done by a breast specialist
- Annual clinical breast check-up
Treatments and Procedures
- Bone-directed therapy for breast cancer
- Targeted therapy for breast cancer
- Hormone therapy for breast cancer
- Chemotherapy for breast cancer
- Radiation therapy for breast cancer
- Breast cancer surgery