Medanta- Medicity, a multi-specialty medical institute has introduced a revolutionary technology for the treatment of breast cancer.
In India, the average age of developing
breast cancer has undergone a significant shift over the last few
decades with an increasing number of young & middle aged women
suffering from disease.
Today, almost 48% of the breast cancer
patients are below 50 yrs of age with an increasing number of patients
in the 25 to 40 years of age bracket, which is a very disturbing trend.
Cultural taboos in India worsen the
problem, with women generally delaying the process of diagnosis itself.
However, with increasing awareness, more women are going for regular
breast screening & mammography and especially if they fall in the
high risk category, for an MRI for early and accurate detection of the
disease. Breast MRI is a very sensitive technique, which can pick up
abnormalities as small as 1-2mm. However in India, till very recently,
there were not many means of sampling these small MRI suspected lesions
to determine their nature (cancerous or non-cancerous).
With the ground-breaking Vacuum Assisted
Breast Biopsy Technology, the biopsy for these small lesions can now be
performed under MRI guidance. MRI helps guide the doctor to the site of
abnormality and the procedure requires only local anesthesia, reducing
the whole procedure to a comfortable 45 minutes. The procedure involves a
single needle insertion with vacuum pressure under the guidance of the
MRI. Without withdrawing and reinserting the needle, multiple samples
can be collected, which are larger in size than a conventional needle
biopsy procedure. Larger samples increase the accuracy of the diagnosis.
The Breast Imaging Department at Medanta –
The Medicity enjoys the enviable reputation of being one of the first
healthcare institutes in India to adopt this technology along with
Multi-Modality Imaging equipments like the Mammography, Ultrasound &
MRI. It therefore, offers a diverse choice to the patient for better
Dr. JyotiArora, who is a leading breast
interventional radiologist in India and Sr. Consultant Radiologist at
Medanta the Medicity, is a regular user of this technology. She says
“This technology is currently the one stop solution for all breast
biopsy requirements and is highly recommended for difficult lesions when
we can’t target them under other modalities like ultrasound and
mammography. The Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy technology increases the
efficiency, accuracy and eases of targeting such small breast lesions
and therefore is practiced as a gold standard across the globe. “
Dr. Arora, also says that this technology
is now being used to remove small benign (no- cancerous) breast lumps
after careful patient selection. This whole scar free procedure can be
done under local anesthetic as an OPD procedure. The major advantages
are: It is fast, with minimal access, scar free, with quick healing time
and no risk of general anesthesia.
With awareness on regular breast
screenings on the rise in India across all age-groups and these high
technology procedures being adopted by leading healthcare institutions
like Medanta – The Medicity and other hospitals, India is sure to
become the leading destination for world class healthcare solutions and