With the experience of more than 10 years, Dr. Atul Shrivastava is a well-known Surgical Oncologist in New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). He is currently practicing at Dharamshila Narayan Superspeciality Hospital in New Delhi. He completed his MBBS from one of the renowned Sawai Man Singh Medical College (SMS medical college) which is based in Jaipur. Later, he completed his master from Rabindranath Tagore Medical College and Hospital, Udaipur. He completed his training from Safdarjung Hospital and Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi in Surgical Oncology for 3 years in Cancer Surgery Department. Dr. Shrivastava was previously associated with Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre and Rockland Hospital.
Dr. Atul Shrivastava practiced in some of the most renowned hospitals. He is expertise in the field of Oncology and his special area of interest includes Robotic Oncology Surgery and Laparoscopic Surgery in Gynecological Oncology. He has life membership of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) and Indian Association of Surgical Oncology (IASO). Dr. Shrivastava was also awarded the Second Prize in the seminar of Surgical Management of Pleuro – Pulmonary infection. He strives to keep himself updated with the latest advancement in his field and contributed to Medical Literature. He has many publications and presentations to his credit also.
Here is the list of some of the conditions Dr Atul Shrivastava treats:
Some women require surgery to remove the entire breast through mastectomy. The surgeons remove the breast tissues including nipple and the skin and the tissues that have the chest muscles. You may opt for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
People may experience both symptoms and signs of cancer, and this shows that something is going abnormal in the body. Also, recognizing these indicators could lead to an earlier diagnosis of the disease and possibly of better treatment. When cancer grows, the organs, nerves, and blood vessels are a little compressed, which can lead to signs and symptoms. Although there may be different symptoms in different types of cancer, some general symptoms of cancer include:
The operating hours of Dr Atul Shrivastava is 11 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), The doctor does not see patients on Sunday.
Dr Atul Shrivastava performs a wide variety of procedures for cancer treatment. Some of these are
The surgical oncologist can perform even the most complicated cases with ease. The doctor has reported a high success rate in performing various procedures with high precision and accuracy. The doctor also holds a rich experience in handling complex cases with ease. The specialist is proficient in using the latest techniques to perform the procedures. Minimally invasive surgery and open surgery are two ways of doing cancer surgery. In open surgery, a large incision is made to remove the tumor. In minimally invasive surgery, surgeons make a few small cuts to remove the tumor. The common techniques for minimally invasive surgery are laser surgery, cryosurgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopy, cryosurgery.
The recent advances made in breast cancer treatment have revolutionized the way how women from this rare disorder are diagnosed and suggested a personalized treatment plan. These advances have made it easier for the doctors to arrive at a treatment plan, which is most suitable for the patient as per their individual characteristics and needs.
Different breast cancer treatment options help destruct complex mixture of cancer cells, which are otherwise difficult to treat using conventional breast cancer treatment. The treatment is started by the doctors handling the case as soon as the breast cancer diagnosis is confirmed.
Before the article delves into the different breast cancer treatment options, lets first take a look at how breast cancer develops and what are its symptoms and diagnosis methods.
Breast cancer primarily affects females aged above 40. However, that does not mean that it does not affect women aged below 40. Breast cancer can also affect males, although rarely.
Breast cancer starts in the cells of either one or both the breasts. It accounts for more than 16 percent of female cancer and contributes to 18.2 percent of all deaths that take place around the world because of cancer.
In the US alone, breast cancer affects more than 232,000 females and 2,200 males each year. It leads to death of more than 39,000 breast cancer patients in a year.
The symptoms of breast cancer can be easily identified at home through breast self-examination. You should consult your physician on how to conduct this exam at home.
The most common breast cancer symptoms include:
In case of more aggressive breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer, severe redness and itching may be present.
The patients are advised to contact their physician as soon as they notice any of the symptoms of breast cancer. The physician is the best person to diagnose whether it is normal or inflammatory best cancer, and accordingly, suggest treatment for breast cancer.
The exact reason that causes breast cancer is unclear, despite the fact that every eighth woman suffers from it. However, there are several factors that have been associated with the development of breast cancer. Some of the breast cancer risk factors include:
The risk of breast cancer naturally increases as women age. The risk is also higher in women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, possess BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes or who have had their periods before the age of 12.
Cervical cancer is an abnormal growth of cancer cells that starts in the cervix. The cervix is the narrow part of the lower uterus. It is the entrance of the uterus, often referred to as the neck of the womb. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in women around the world. It is the fourth leading cause of death caused by cancer in women. However, the important thing to note is that cervical cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancer and early diagnosis of the disease can improve the mortality rate amongst patients.
A dramatic reduction in cervical cancer occurrence is primarily due to the widespread use of advanced screening tests such as pap tests to detect cervical abnormalities and allow for early treatment.
Under normal circumstances, the ectocervix is covered with flat, thin cells called squamous cells and the endocervix is made up of another kind of cells called columnar cells. The area where these cells meet is called the transformation (T) zone. The T zone is the most likely location for cervical cancer cells to develop.
A majority of cervical cancer cases occur because of a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus. It can transfer through
There are many types of the HPV virus and not all types of HPV cause cervical cancer. Some of the HPV may cause genital warts. Some other cervical cancer risk factors include smoking, weak immune system, oral contraceptives, and multiple pregnancies.
More than 90 percent of the cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinoma. The second most common type of cervical cancer is adenocarcinoma. Adenosquamous carcinomas or mixed carcinomas are some of the rare types of cervical cancer.
Usually, there are no early signs of cervical cancer, but several cervical cancer symptoms may appear as the tumor grows in size. Some of the common cervical cancer symptoms include the following:
Ovarian cancer refers to the abnormal growth of cells in the ovaries, which are an important part of the female reproductive system. Ovaries are two small glands, located on either side of the uterus. They help produce female sex hormones and store or release eggs. An ovarian tumor is it is the eighth most common type of cancer among women. It is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in women around the world. Ovarian cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated on time, however, the chances of survival are great in the case of early diagnosis.
Ovarian cancer forms when normal ovarian cell growth fails, and there is an uncontrolled growth of cells. Most of the ovarian cancers arise from the lining cells (epithelium) of the ovary. The ovarian tumor can metastasize and spread to other organs of the body.
There is no identified and known cause of ovarian cancer. However, there are some risk factors associated with the disease. Family history (genetics) of ovarian cancer, older age, breast cancer, obesity, and endometriosis are some of the known ovarian cancer risk factors. Other than these, menstrual cycles play a major role in ovarian cancer. The high number of total lifetime ovulations, greater the risk of ovarian cancer. That is, women who have had their periods before the age of 12 are at an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
The risk of ovarian cancer is also high in women suffering from familial melanoma, which is characterized by the presence of certain genes. These genes are inherited from parents and mostly occurs when two or more relatives suffer from the aggressive form of melanoma or skin cancer.
Typically, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are subtle during the early stage. However, the patients may experience signs of ovarian cancer once the cancer advances and starts to grow. The following are some of the ovarian cancer symptoms:
Pain in the pelvis or belly
Frequent and urgent urination
Changes in bowel habits
Nausea and fatigue
Loss of appetite
These signs of ovarian cancer can be confused with those of ovarian cyst. However, patients must know that ovarian cysts are far more common and primarily affects women during their childbearing age.
Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is the fifth most common cancer worldwide. This disease is a result of the growth of cancerous and malignant cells in the inner lining of the stomach.
Stomach cancer does not grow overnight as this disease usually grows slowly over many years. Some pre-cancerous changes take place before true cancer actually develops. But these early changes rarely result in any symptoms and therefore, often go undetected in the early stage when it is most easy to treat it.
Gastric cancer can grow through the wall of the stomach and invade nearby organs. It can easily spread to the lymph vessels and lymph nodes. In an advanced stage, it can travel through the bloodstream and spread or metastasize to organs such as the liver, lungs, and bones. Usually, people diagnosed with stomach cancer have either experienced metastasis already or eventually develop it.
Stomach cancer should not be confused with other cancers in the abdomen or esophageal cancer. Some other cancer can also occur in the abdomen, including cancer of the large and small intestine, liver or pancreas. These cancers may have different symptoms, outlook, and options for treatment.
Some other types of stomach cancers include squamous and small cell carcinoma and leiomyosarcoma. These cancers are very rare.
There is no single, definite cause behind stomach cancer. However, several stomach cancer risk factors have been identified that could potentially lead to the formation to a tumor in the stomach. Some of these stomach cancer causes or risk factors include:
There can be several early stomach cancer symptoms. However, the signs of stomach cancer could be present because of some other underlying condition as well. Unfortunately, this is the main reason why it is difficult to make stomach cancer diagnosis at an early stage.
Some of the early stomach cancer symptoms may include:
But just experiencing indigestion or heartburn after a meal does not really mean that you have cancer. Although, if you experience these symptoms a lot, talk to your doctor, who can decide whether to conduct further tests or not.
As advanced gastric cancer grow, you may experience more serious signs of stomach cancer, including the following:
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The surgical oncologist is often the first among cancer specialists to see cancer patients. The primary doctor most commonly does a diagnosis, and in cases where this requires biopsy or surgery, the surgical oncologist is called. Surgical oncologists are doctors with experience in cancer surgery. Surgical oncologists choose to perform surgeries to find out the locations where cancer has spread. While treating cancer, a surgical oncologist might remove cancerous tumors and surrounding healthy tissues, and nearby lymph nodes. The surgical procedures used will vary depending on the aim of the surgery. Surgical oncologists might do minimally invasive procedures or open surgeries.
The tests required before and during the consultation by a surgical oncologist include:
A biopsy is the most common procedure to diagnose most types of cancer. While other tests can only suggest if cancer is present, a biopsy can make an accurate diagnosis. During this process, the doctor removes a very small amount of tissues to observe under a microscope.
If your primary doctor suspects cancer, he will refer you to a surgical oncologist for the diagnosis of the condition. The surgical oncologist evaluates the symptoms and analyses the test report to find out if you have cancer. Consider seeking assistance from a surgical oncologist in the below-listed situations: