HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd (HCG)
will now use a revolutionary technology, Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy
(VABB), for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in
Bengaluru. This technology ensures very high accuracy and scar free
detection of a breast cancer tumour.
As per IARC (WHO), breast
cancer constituted 22.2 per cent of cancer in 2008 which increased to 27
per cent in 2012. Of the 300,000 cancer cases treated/managed by
oncologists in India, more than 10 per cent are breast cancers out of
which one third are new cases. With women generally presenting late for
diagnosis, more than 60 per cent of patients present at the locally
advanced stages of breast cancer and the mortality associated with it is
as high as 35 per cent.
However, with increasing awareness, more
women are going for regular breast screenings & mammography and if
found at a high risk of the disease they are reaching out to the new
state of the art hospitals across major Indian cities which now have the
latest and the most accurate modalities of testing & imaging.
digital mammography and advanced ultrasound scan, small lesions are
possible to be detected well before it actually presents. It was
difficult to access to such small lesion through traditional core
biopsy, however with our new vacuum core biopsy system, makes it easy to
extract large volume of tissue, which also helps us diagnose hormone
receptor & conduct genomic studies. This daycare procedure is safe,
cost effective and scar-less,” said Dr. Sudhakar, radiology department,
HCG Hospital, Bengaluru.
These new technologies use very
sensitive techniques and can pick up abnormalities as small as 3-5mm in
the breast; however the issue in India was the unavailability of means
of sampling these cases found at early stages of the diseases and then
to understand their nature as cancerous or non-cancerous, he added.
Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy Technology, the biopsy for small lesions
can now be performed under the mammographic, stereotactic and ultrasound
guidance. Precise guidance helps the doctor to site the abnormality
more accurately and the procedure requires only a local anesthesia,
reducing the whole procedure to 45 minutes. The procedure involves a
single needle insertion with vacuum pressure under the guidance of
chosen imaging modality.