Breast Cancer Treatment Options: Throughout the world (India, Turkey, Singapore and U.A.E)

Breast Cancer Treatment Options: Throughout the world (India, Turkey, Singapore and U.A.E)

The human body is made up of cells. Every cell follows a pattern of growth and death. That is, every cell grows and dies after a certain period of time. But cancer occurs when normal cells of our body become abnormal and their growth becomes out of control. Similarly, breast cancer occurs when healthy cells of the breast divide uncontrollably and form a mass called a tumor. This tumor can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not dangerous and cannot spread but malignant tumors can grow and spread to other parts of the body.

Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

The symptoms of breast cancer vary widely and so, anything that is unusual must be checked by a doctor. Every woman should keep an eye on any kind of abnormality that may include the following:

  • A painless and hard lump with uneven edges in any breast (But even a tender, soft, and rounded lump should not be ignored)
  • A lump in the underarm
  • Breast pain
  • Nipple pain
  • Swelling of one or all the parts of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Irritation or dimpling of the skin
  • The inward turning of the nipple
  • Discharge from nipple other than milk
  • Redness, thickening, or scaling of breast skin or nipple

Sometimes breast cancer may not show any of the obvious symptoms at all. Or in some cases, the lump can be so small that you may not feel it. So screening for breast cancer is most important as any abnormality can turn up in the mammogram (breast X-ray) that can lead to further testing and early diagnosis.

Breast Cancer Stages

There are five stages of breast cancer, starting from 0 to IV. While stage 0 is the non-invasive stage such as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) breast cancer in which the cancer is still within its original place, stage IV is the most invasive stage in which cancer has spread out of the breast and reached other parts of the body. It is also called metastatic breast cancer.

Ductal carcinoma or lobular carcinoma are the two most common forms of breast cancer. Some other forms of less commonly found breast cancer include medullary, mucinous, tubular, metaplastic, papillary, Paget’s, and inflammatory breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer prognosis can be anywhere between 20 months to 30 months.

Diagnosis of Breast cancer

Diagnosis of breast cancer is an intense process that may take weeks or more. It involves different tests like breast ultrasound, breast MRI scans, breast biopsy, sentinel node biopsy, and other imaging or blood tests to conclude the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Treatment

Treatment of breast cancer majorly depends upon the stage and characteristics of cancer. Though there were very limited treatment options a few years back, now a variety of new life-saving treatments are available for breast cancer. For most, DCIS and early-stage invasive breast cancer, surgery is the most recommended treatment. But in cases of large or advanced-stage breast cancers, systemic treatment with chemotherapy or hormonal therapy is done to shrink the tumor size before surgery.

Types of Available Breast Cancer Treatment Options

The most commonly available breast cancer treatment options include the following:

  • Surgery: Surgery is performed to remove the tumor along with some of the healthy surrounding tissue. In addition, lymph nodes under the arm are also examined for cancer cells. Most commonly, two types of surgeries are performed —  lumpectomy and mastectomy. Lumpectomy is the surgical removal of the tumor along with some healthy tissue while keeping the breast intact. A lumpectomy may also be called breast-conserving surgery, quadrantectomy, partial mastectomy, or segmental mastectomy. On the other side, mastectomy is the complete removal of the breast and can be of many types depending upon the stage and characteristic of cancer. Most of the women who undergo mastectomy consider breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is a procedure in which the breast is re-created using the tissue taken from some other part of the body or using synthetic implants.
  • Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy or radiotherapy uses high-energy radiation (x-rays) to destroy cancer cells. External-beam radiation therapy is the commonest type of radiotherapy in which radiation is given to the patient by a machine outside the body. It may be given as partial breast irradiation (PBI) in which radiation is given directly to the tumor area and not the entire breast. It can also be given as intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in which radiation at the breast is highly intense. This is done to better target the tumor while evenly spreading the radiation throughout the breast. Proton therapy is another form of external-beam radiation therapy in which protons are used to kill cancer cells rather than x-rays.

In addition to external-beam radiotherapy, there are other forms of radiotherapy. When radiation is given in the operating room by using a probe, it is called intra-operative radiation therapy. Brachytherapy is another type of radiotherapy in which radiation is given by placing radioactive substances in-between the tumor. Hypo-fractionated radiation therapy is radiotherapy in which a higher daily dose of radiation is given to the whole breast so as to shorten the overall length of treatment.

Radiation therapy can be given before or after surgery depending upon the cancer stage. It is called neoadjuvant radiation therapy if radiation is given before surgery and adjuvant radiation therapy if it is given after surgery. It is given as a specific number of treatments over a decided period of time, for example, 5 days a week for 5 to 6 weeks

Systemic Therapy: Systemic therapy is the type of cancer treatment that is given either by mouth or through a vein. In this form of treatment, drugs enter the bloodstream and reach cancer cells to kill them. It is mainly of three types:

  • Chemotherapy: Most common form of cancer treatment, involves the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells and their ability to grow and divide. It passes through the bloodstream and reaches cancer cells anywhere in the body. It can be given through an intravenous (IV) tube or subcutaneously through an injection under the skin or intramuscularly into a muscle, or orally via a pill or capsule that is swallowed. Similar to radiation therapy, chemotherapy can be given before surgery to shrink a large tumor and is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy. But if it is given after surgery to reduce recurrence risk, it is called adjuvant chemotherapy. A chemotherapy regimen is given as a specific number of cycles over a decided period of time, for example, once a week, once every 2 weeks, etc. Also, it may include a single drug or a combination of drugs.
  • Hormonal Therapy: Also called endocrine therapy, hormone therapy is emerging as an effective treatment for ER (estrogen)-positive or PR (progesterone)-positive breast cancer. These tumors are driven by hormones for their growth. So if the hormones are blocked with hormonal therapy, recurrence or death due to breast cancer can be prevented. Like radiation or chemotherapy, hormonal therapy can be given before surgery to shrink a large tumor and is called neoadjuvant hormonal therapy. But if it is given after surgery to reduce recurrence risk, it is called adjuvant hormonal therapy.
  • Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy is a focused treatment that specifically targets and blocks the tissue, genes, or proteins that contribute to the growth and survival of cancer. It requires additional testing to identify targets like genes or proteins in the tumor. Hormonal therapy is the first approved target treatment for breast cancer while recently HER2-targeted therapies have been approved for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer.
  • Biological Therapy: Also called immunotherapy, it strengthens the immunity of the body to fight against cancer cells and also controls the side effects of cancer treatments.

Cost of Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer treatment cost depends upon factors such as the stage of cancer, treatment required, country currency, etc. The cost of breast cancer treatment by stage increases with increasing stage due to the rise in intensity of treatment required. The average cost of breast cancer treatment in various countries is as below:

Breast cancer Treatment Options Availability

Now, having discussed the treatment options, let’s discuss the availability of these treatments across various countries:

India: India is one of the most trusted countries for cancer treatment. There are various well-equipped hospitals in India that can perform various diagnostic procedures as well as give every treatment to breast cancer patients.

Top Hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in India

The multi super speciality Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi offers specializations within their existing departments, thus reaching the zenith of quality and dedicated services. It started its operations in 2010 and happens to be the largest hospital operating under the chain of Fortis group. Located in the heart of North Delhi, Fortis Shalimar Bagh is visited by locals and also people from neighbouring states. The hospital can be accessed via Rohtak road and Karnal road by those ent... Read More

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Jaypee Hospital

Noida,India

  • ISO 9001
  • National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH)
  • National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)

Shri Jai Prakash Gaur, the Founder Chairman was the one to conceptualize the model and see the final establishment of the Jaypee Hospital with the idea to promote world class healthcare which can be accessed by the masses at an affordable price with no compromise on quality. It is the flagship hospital of the Jaypee group. It is a tertiary care multi specialty hospital which has been commissioned partly in the first phase. Located at a well connected place in Noida and yet very aesthetically... Read More

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  • National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH)
  • National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)

Pushpavati Singhania Hospital, also known as Pushpavati Singhania Research Institute, is one of the most prestigious hospitals in India. It is situated in New Delhi, in the pleasant surroundings of Sheikh Sarai. It caters to a large number of patients and specializes in surgical as well as medical gastrointestinal treatment.

Founded in 1996 and promoted by the JK Group, this hospital is a well-known name in the field of gastrointestinal treatment and patients are treated for the dise... Read More

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  • ISO 9001
  • National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH)

There is no dearth of good hospitals in Mumbai, but when it comes to handling a wealth of knowledge with expertise Fortis Hiranandani hospital comes to mind in no time. Just established in the year 2007, they have acquired commendable reputation all over the city of Mumbai and over the country for the choice of technology they have used. A renowned team of Para -medical professionals oversee the operation of their Neuro Sciences department. In the medical fraternity their pathology lab has e... Read More

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  • Joint Commission International, or JCI
  • National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH)
  • National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)

As a leading healthcare service provider in India Sevenhills hospital is aiming at providing total holistic care starting from diagnostics to treatments, daycare specialty services, and other related facilities. It has more than 3 decades of valuable experience in healthcare service and has defined healthcare service as a noble profession where each and every individual get equal rights to quality health treatments. For 50 million Indians this has been a household name in a very l... Read More

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Singapore: Singapore also has hospitals that can perform most of the diagnostic as well as treatment procedures for breast cancer patients.

Top Hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in Singapore

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore is the latest and a recent addition to the Mount Elizabeth legacy. This is a highly advanced and modern hospital that marks the beginning of a new era in the field of tertiary care medical treatments.

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital features more than 250 specialist physician suites that provide comprehensive tertiary care healthcare to patients from across the world. The hospital interiors have been tastefully designed to provide an enhan... Read More

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Gleneagles Hospital

Napier Road,Singapore

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore is a multispecialty healthcare facility, located extremely close to the center of the local shopping district. Situated close to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this hospital is accessed by thousands of patients from within the country and abroad primarily because of its location that can be easily approached by a patient looking forward to high-quality treatment.

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Parkway East Hospital

Joo Chiat Pl,Singapore

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Parkway East Hospital in Singapore is one of the most established and oldest hospitals in the country. This hospital, located in Telok Kurau and formerly known as the East Shore Hospital, was established back in 1942. Since then, the staff at the hospital has treated and provided healthcare services to thousands of domestic as well as international patients travelling for quality and affordable treatment services.

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Mount Elizabeth Hospital

Singapore,Singapore

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Mount Elizabeth Hospital is a multispecialty healthcare facility operated by Parkway Health. The hospital officially started its operations in 1979. Since then, it has been offering quality healthcare services to patients from all walks of life and empowering them with an easy access to high-end and world-class diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitative services.

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Farrer Park Hospital

Connexion,Singapore

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Farrer Park hospital is one of the best and technology integrated hospitals in Singapore. The Hospital has advanced technology and experienced doctors. Treatment for various medical conditions is available at the hospital. The hospital was opened in the year 2016. The mission and vision are to provide the best and fair healthcare facilities to the patients, along with world-cla... Read More

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Israel: Hospitals in Israel offer various diagnostic and treatment modalities the for treatment of breast cancer. Treatments like surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy are available in hospitals in Israel.

Top Hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in Israel

Rabin Medical Center

Petah Tikva,Israel

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Rabin Medical center is one of the major health centers in Israel with the use of new technology and highest levels of medical and nursing care. Rabin Medical Center has two hospitals under its umbrella:-

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  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Kaplan Medical Center is a flagship brand of CLALIT Network, Israel’s largest health services provider. Kaplan is recognized as the Center of Excellence in various departments including Obstetrics &Gyn, ENT, Opthalmology and Pediatrics. KMC is well known for its life-saving procedures and major advances in medical research.

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Herzliya Medical Center is a leading private hospital offering services across multiple disciplines to not only Israeli national but also medical tourists from abroad who come to Israel for quality treatment at best possible prices.

It is one of the biggest hospitals in Israel with 7 operating rooms and treating around 8000 outbound patients on a daily basis. The hospital employs 350 doctors, 196 nurses including those with advanced certification.

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Sheba Medical Center

Tel-Hashomer,Israel

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Sheba Medical Center located in Tel Hashomer in Tel Aviv district of Israel is one of the premier institutes for medical service and education. Sheba is a comprehensive medical center known for patient care and cutting-edge research in the field of medicine. Sheba Medical Center is a university-affiliated research hospital.

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Assuta Hospital

Tel-Aviv,Israel

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Assuta Medical Center is a leading private hospital in the capital city of Tel Aviv in Israel. Assuta is the biggest chain of hospitals and healthcare centers in Israel with four operational state-of –art advanced hospitals. The... Read More

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Turkey: Turkey also offers various diagnostic procedures as well as treatment forms like surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy for breast cancer patients.

Top Hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in Turkey

  • ISO 9001
  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Established in 2005 on the outskirts of Istanbul, Anadolu Medical Center is one of the premier healthcare destinations in Turkey for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. Anadolu is a multi-speciality hospital.

Anadolu Medical Center boasts of quality healthcare standards, state-of-the-art infrastructure and latest research and development in the field of medicine. For the same purpose, the hospital has collaborated with John Hopkins Medicine in 2002 t... Read More

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  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

History

Istanbul Aydın University VM Medical Park Florya Hospital is a full-fledged university hospital. VM in the name of the hospital stands for Value Added Medicine. The hospital was opened in March 2017. The hospital was opened with a vision to provide the best medical care to the patients in terms of technology as well as facilities. VM is a patient-concept in which the patient is provided with experienced medical and para-medical staff, as well as diagn... Read More

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  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

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Medical Park Bahçelievler Hospital is situated in Istanbul. The hospital is situated at a prime location with 5 minutes run from Ataturk International Airport. The sea transportation point is located at a 10 minutes distance from the hospital. Because of its nearness to metro stations and Metrobus stations, the hospital provides easy access to patients. The hospital is JCI accredited which speaks volumes about the standards of facilities available... Read More

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Medical Park Fatih hospital is situated in the historical peninsula, in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey. The hospital started its operations in 1995. It is one of the best hospitals in the region providing world-class treatment facilities not only to the residents of Turkey but also to the International patients. The hospital has an agreement with various insurance agencies and provides the best facilities to its patients. It caters thousands of p... Read More

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Biruni University Hospital started to serve in 2016. It is a full-fledged multi-specialty healthcare facility, situated in Istanbul, Turkey. The hospital is well-known for its outstanding medical care standards, and it has acquired numerous certificates from international quality organizations. It is a renowned & well-established healthcare facility that provides cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment approaches. They have a team of highly skilled doctors and surgeons on call 24 hours a d... Read More

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UAE: Hospitals in UAE have the infrastructure to provide facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Treatments like surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy are available in hospitals in UAE.

Top Hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in Dubai, UAE

Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Located in Abu Dhabi, the chain of Burjeel Hospitals focus on the process of healing much more than curing a medical condition in a regulated environment. It looks forward to empathizing with the patients on a much deeper level apart from treating the ailments amidst all the advanced medical facilities. A patient’s recovery can fasten up at a greater speed when it is treated with love, care and a few words of comfort. In addition to advanced healthcare facilities, best in class medical... Read More

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Zulekha Hospital Sharjah

Sharjah,United Arab Emirates

  • ISO 9001
  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

In the year 1992 with the noble vision of Dr Zulekha Daud who shifted her base from India to Sharjah in order to serve people who are in need at an affordable cost, Zulekha Healthcare Group was established. She later established a hospital in Dubai too and Zulekha Dubai is now true to its mission of serving the suffering and the ailing. It is a multidisciplinary hospital with advanced diagnostic centres and well-equipped pharmacies. In the year 2004 the Dubai hospital saw its inception. It h... Read More

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Zulekha Hospital Dubai

Dubai,United Arab Emirates

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  • ISO 9001
  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

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Burjeel Medical City

Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates

Burjeel Medical City Hospital, Abu Dhabi is an integral part of VPS Healthcare Group, which is the largest multinational healthcare provider in the Middle East, Europe, and India; headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is the most preferred Hospital in Abu Dhabi for the early detection and diagnosis of Cancer. 

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NMC Specialty Hospital

Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

Established in 1975, NMC Speciality Hospital Abu Dhabi is a multispecialty hospital providing quality and trusted healthcare services to the people of Abu Dhabi and the surrounding region. It is proud to be a part of the growth story of the capital city. The hospital is affiliated with all major national as well as international insurance companies and enjoys direct billing facilities with the insurance companies and third-party administrators.

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Last modified on at Apr 04, 2022

Guneet Bhatia

Guneet Bhatia is an avid reader, healthcare writer, and is currently Director of Patient Care Department, MediGence. She has also been featured on many prominent Healthcare portals such as IBTimes, HCIT Expert, Clinician Today.

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