Dr Pazaiti Anastasia is a reputed surgical oncologist and reconstructive surgeon with over 12 years of experience in the field. She is also the Chief of Metropolitan General’s Surgical Oncology and Breast Reconstruction Clinic. She specialises in procedures such as Diagnostic approach of Breast Diseases, Benign Breast Diseases, Management and Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer, Hereditary cancer, Cancer in Pregnancy, Male Breast Cancer etc. Dr Anastasia got her Degree of medicine from the University of Athens and then did her specialty traning in General Surgery from the General Hospital of Athens. She further has done specialty training in a variety of courses such as specialisation in breast oncoplasty, nipple restoration, and breast ultrasound etc from a well-known institutes across Europe.
Dr Pazaiti Anastasia is a imminent member of various societies such as the UK GMC (General Medical Council - England, Wales and Scotland),EUSOMA (European Society of Breast Cancer Specialist), Hellenic Surgical Society to name a few. She has also won numerous awards at various international events such as the Best Poster Presentation for the scientific paper by the Scientific Organizing Committee of the 19th European Congress of Perinatal Medicine, October 2004, Athens, Greece. She also won the First Prize at the International Photo Competition for the Prevention of Breast Cancer. She also has over 12 publications and been featured in three books as well.
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.
Mastectomy refers to the partial or complete surgical removal of one or both the breasts. This surgery is most often indicated for breast cancer.
A lump in the breast or armpits is one of the earliest signs of breast cancer. It can cause a change in the shape, size, or color of the breast or nipple. Nipple tenderness, inward folding of the nipple, discharge from the nipple, and orange peel appearance of the skin of the breast are the other signs of breast cancer. Patients who observe any of the above-mentioned signs must see their physician immediately.
Your physician may recommend you to undergo a partial or full mastectomy in the following conditions:
Additionally, if you have a family history of breast cancer or deleterious mutation of BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, you are advised preventive mastectomy.
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Dr. Pazaiti Anastasia
Dr Pazaiti Anastasia has over 12 years of experience in the field of surgical oncology and reconstructive therapy.
Dr Pazaiti Anastasia specialises in the following surgical fields-
Benign Breast Diseases
Management and Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer
Subcutaneous mastectomy with nipple sparing
Sentinel node biopsy
Oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery
Immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy
Pioneering post-radiotherapy lipofilling breast reconstruction
Nipple-areolar complex restoration
Medical nipple tattooing
Postoperative scar revision
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
FNA (Biopsy using a fine needle)
Core biopsy (Biopsy using a hollow needle)
Cancer in Pregnancy
Male Breast Cancer
Dr Pazaiti Anastasia is a member of the following organisations-
Athens Medical Association, Member
UK GMC (General Medical Council - England, Wales and Scotland), Member
EUSOMA (European Society of Breast Cancer Specialist), Member
Hellenic Surgical Society, Member
Hellenic and International Society of Molecular and Gene Medicine and Research (H.I.S.M.G.M.R.), Member
Greek Society of Lymphology, Member of the Scientific Committee
Hellenic and International Society of Molecular Targeted and Personalized Treatments (H.I.S.M.T.P.T.), Member
Scientific Committee of the W40 Hellas Forum - Women in Oncology, Member
Greek Red Cross, Full Member
A surgical oncologist is a surgeon who has special training in treating cancer. Your surgical oncologist may be called in to diagnose cancer with a biopsy. Surgical oncologists also treat cancer by removing tumors or other cancerous tissue.
She can be easily consulted by registering your profile with medigence and writing down your enquiry. A meeting with the surgeon will be scheduled. Following which the consultation can be done.
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