Who will benefit?
- Women above 25 years of age who come for any issue to the hospital will be given a breast screening questionnaire. The patient can then opt for an assessment for breast cancer risk.
- Women undergoing health check ups can be given the breast screening questionnaire, which will then be discussed by the health check MO, then be counselled for a breast cancer risk assessment and referred for additional consultation to the surgeon.
- Women who access the hospital for other services can avail the breast check ups.
- Women who visit the hospital for antenatal check up or for lactation issues or support
- Men with breast lumps or prominent breasts
- Male adolescents with breast growth
What will be done in the clinic?
- A detailed health history will be taken.
- A clinical breast examination will be performed
- Radiological investigations (breast USG / mammogram, MRI) with or without biopsy as need may be, will be performed as per protocol.
Other diagnostic tests may be needed, such as:
- Fine needle aspiration (FNA): This is a non-surgical form of breast biopsy in which a small needle is used to withdraw a sample of cells from the breast lump. If the lump is a cyst (fluid-filled sac), removal of the fluid will cause the cyst to collapse. If the lump is solid, cells can be smeared onto slides for examination in the laboratory.
- Core biopsy: This is similar to FNA, but a larger needle is used because a sample of breast tissue is removed, rather than a sampling of cells, but the whole lump is not removed.
- Ultrasound-guided core biopsy: This is a tissue sampling technique in which a biopsy needle is placed into the breast tissue under ultrasound guidance, so the exact location of breast tissue is collected for biopsy.
- Open incisional / excisional biopsy: This is the surgical removal of a part of or the entire lump which is examined under a microscope.
This service helps mothers who have difficulty in breast feeding. A trained nurse educator is available to assist you.
Common problems of lactation
- Improper breast feeding practice
- Latching difficulties
- Painful nursing
- Low milk production
- Defects of the nipple
- Safe storage of milk for working women