Types of Cancer Treatments by Dr. Devavrat Arya
1. Breast Cancer treatment
Breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting women living in metropolitan areas. The number of cases is increasing rapidly, with approximately 1 in 25-30 urban women likely to develop the disease during their lifetime. This statistic is much lower than that in the US (1 in 8 women) or UK (1 in 12 women), but significantly higher than that in rural India (1 in 70 women). What’s more concerning is that breast cancer is on the rise among younger women aged between 35 – 45 years.
While every woman has a chance of developing breast cancer, the risk increases with age, and most diagnoses occur in women over 50 years of age. A family history of breast cancer doubles the risk, but it only accounts for 5-10% of cases.
Detecting breast cancer early is crucial, and there are now various methods available to do so. It’s essential not to ignore any lump in the breast as early detection leads to better treatment options and outcomes.
The Max Institute of Cancer Care holds Tumor Board meetings where experts collaborate to form a personalized treatment plan for each unique patient. They continually improve their protocols and involve patients and caregivers in the process. The dedicated team of leading Breast Cancer Oncologists provide advanced treatments using cutting-edge technology based on international standards, executing a personalized care plan for best results.
At the Max Institute of Cancer Care, the primary goal is to aid in the swift recovery of patients. This is achieved through a range of treatments that include:
- Surgical procedures
- Radiation therapy
- IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
- IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy)
- Targeted therapy
- Hormonal treatments
2. Lung Cancer treatment
Lung cancer is abnormal cell growth in the lungs that can develop into tumors and spread to other parts of the body. It can be caused by exposure to radon, air pollution, certain chemicals, smoking, or a family history of lung cancer. It is difficult to treat when it spreads and is a leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women.
- If one is diagnosed with lung cancer, a team of doctors specializing in chest and lungs, including a surgeon, lung specialist, and medical and radiation oncologist will likely manage the patient’s care.
- Before making a decision, patients should discuss all the available treatment options.
- The treatment options for lung cancer are Surgery, Conventional Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and Radiation therapy.
3. Head & Neck cancer treatment
Head and Neck cancer encompasses a group of similar cancers that develop in the head and neck area, including the lip, oral cavity, nasal cavity, sinuses, pharynx, larynx, salivary glands and thyroid. It is the 6th most common cancer worldwide and accounts for 40% of all cancers in South East Asia, including India. Advances in oncology have led to improved understanding and management of H&N cancer. Regular cancer screening is important, particularly for those over 40 who use tobacco and/or alcohol.
Max Institute of Cancer Care has a team of dedicated doctors who specialize in head and neck cancer. They meet regularly to discuss each case and provide personalized treatment using various methods. The team includes specialists in surgery, radiation, medicine, speech therapy, nutrition, and more. The treatment plan is comprehensive and coordinated, ensuring a smooth recovery even after the treatment is over. It includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
4. Musculoskeletal Cancer treatment
Each musculoskeletal cancer patient requires personalized planning and individualized treatment. At the Max Institute of Cancer Care, every case is reviewed by a multidisciplinary Tumour board, consisting of specialists from the fields of orthopaedic oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology, and pathology. The experts thoroughly analyze each case and develop a treatment plan that not only maximizes survival but also ensures good functional outcomes.
Musculoskeletal cancers can be managed through a range of treatments, including surgical procedures for both malignant and benign bone and soft tissue tumors, chemotherapy specifically for bone and soft tissue sarcomas, and radiation therapy.