BREAST CANCER INDIA

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DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER


STEPS IN DIAGNOSIS

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Steps involved

Diagnosis of breast cancer is consists of three main aspects, called as the 'triple investigation'. The aims of these investigations are as follows:

Thus, after clinical examination, the surgical oncologist will assess first, whether he is going to go ahead with surgery first, or is the patient likely to need a chemotherapy first?
If he plans to operate first, he will do a mammography and then he will perform an FNAC, and after confirming diagnosis, go ahead with a breast conserving surgery or mastectomy, depending on mammography findings.
If he plans chemotherapy first, he will do a core biopsy, send the specimen for histopathology and receptors, and after confirming diagnosis, start chemotherapy.

Other investigations

It goes without saying that other routine investigations are also done, with a view to assess general fitness of the patient. The investigations are as follows: