Cancer can take an emotional toll on patients along with physical stress. Read the experience of a breast cancer survivor.
Cancer is a chronic health ailment that accounts for around 10% of overall deaths. In women, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and is seen in 30% of the entire cancer burden. According to a data, there is atleast 1 woman diagnosed with breast cancer every 4 minutes and one dying from it every 13 minutes. Dr. Chitra Kaushal, a cancer survivor, shared her breast cancer treatment story and the overall journey with Onlymyhealth.
Breast cancer is a chronic health disease in which the cancer cells grow in tissues of and around the breast. These cancer cells grow quickly and can spread to other parts of the body, such as bones, lungs, and liver. It can be rare, but men can also suffer from this condition. The exact cause behind breast cancer is not known; but, it can be a combination of hereditary and other factors. Read further to know about Dr. Chitra Kaushal's life story of breast cancer treatment.
Dr. Chitra said, "I was detected with stage 2 breast cancer. I was busy with my children, family and work duties. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought that it is quite late." She specifically mentioned that it is important to have time for yourself. Despite everything going on around you, getting regular medical checkups and taking care of yourself should be a priority. Early detection is the key to get treated for cancer.
Dr. Chitra said, "After getting a surgery for breast cancer in Faridabad, I had to undergo three therapies at Manipal hospital, mainly medical, radiotherapy, along with proper exercise and nutrition." Generally, it takes 6 months to use chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment. However, since Dr. Chitra was detected with a different type of cancer, she required a course of injections every three weeks, which finished in May, 2020. She said, "First six months was chemo, after which radiotherapy was done was done for 15 days. Then, the continuation with the other injections were being done in the OPD."
The cancer survivor Dr. Chitra Kaushal specifically mentioned that the support and love of your friends and family plays a major role in treating any kind of cancer. She said that her children and husband were there for her throughout these years. Cancer treatment can be difficult and exhausting, not just physically, but mentally as well. To fight this health condition, it is important to stay motivated and courageous. You can even join support groups to manage difficult emotions.
As per Dr. Nanda Rajneesh, General and Laparoscopic Surgeon Apollo Spectra Hospital, Bangalore, chemotherapy is usually the initial step of breast cancer treatment along with surgery on the basis of the progressiveness of breast cancer that has to be treated. Besides surgery, other course of treatments for breast cancer are chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy. Other helpful ways to deal with breast cancer and recover from it are some lifestyle changes, accepting the small moderations in your body, creating a pain chart and discussing the next steps and fertility options with your doctor.
Both men and women can suffer from this kind of cancer but it is uncommon in men. It is essential to get regular medical checkups and examine your body. If you observe any specific changes in your breast size, its appearance, colour or discharge, you should discuss it with your doctor immediately. Living with breast cancer can be challenging for patients, both physically and mentally.
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