The hospitalhas an advanced imaging and diagnosis services. The wing is designed to attend to patients in comfort and convenience by expert doctors, technicians, nurses and especially trained administration staff and Physicist.
Outpatient imaging and diagnostic services are provided in a beautiful and spacious setting, with a convenient entrance directly from the main entrance of the hospital, into the Centre.
'PREVENTION IS THE BEST CURE'
Simple lifestyle and dietary changes can go a long way to enabling a healthy life. Here are some simple measures that can help protect against cancer.
Guard against cancer
• Avoid smoking and tobacco chewing in any form.
• Alcohol should be taken only in moderation, better avoided.
• Take low fat, vegetarian diet.
• Avoid sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity.
• Avoid ill-fitting dentures.
• Rush to the doctor if you notice any of these warning signals.
Precautions to be taken to avoid cancer of the mouth
• Avoid smoking or use of tobacco in any form (gutka, pan masala etc.).
• Keep mouth clean.
• Look for any non-healing ulcers.
• Look for any jagged teeth.
• Avoid ill-fitting dental plates.
• Look for white or reddish patches in mouth.
• Should you observe any of these symptoms, speak to an Oncologist if there is any abnormality.
Precautions to be taken to avoid breast cancer
• Avoid high fat diet.
• Avoid becoming overweight.
• Avoid smoking and alcohol.
• Avoid hormone replacement therapy.
• Breast feed your babies for as long as possible.
• Avoid first pregnancy at late age (Ëƒ30 years).
• Get genetic testing if your close relative (mother, sister) has breast cancer.
• Self-breast examination (SBE) is the key to detect any lump in the initial stages.
Avoiding cancer of the lung
• If you are a smoker, stop smoking.
• If you are not a smoker, don't start.
• Avoid exposure to second hand smoke.
• Be aware of industrial compounds.
• Help fight pollution.
Precautions to be taken to avoid cancer of the colon
• Limit red meat, especially processed meat.
• Don't smoke.
• Drink moderately, if at all.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Be physically active.
• Consider genetic counselling if someone in your family has colon cancer.
• If you are 50 or older, schedule a colon cancer screening.
Protection from cervical cancer
• Avoid multiple sex partners.
• Practice good genital hygiene.
• Avoid smoking.
• Ask your doctor for scheduling regular Pap smear tests.
Precautions to be taken to avoid cancer of the skin
• Dark coloured moles and warts that become itchy or bleed or ulcerate should be removed.
• Recurrent blisters on the lip should be carefully examined.
• Fair-skinned people should avoid overexposure to direct sun-rays.
• Keep skin clean at all times.
• Most important is prevention of cancer by change of lifestyles.
• Complete annual physical examination should be done regularly. Women over 35 years of age should be examined once a year.
• Prompt visit to physician when suspicious signs or symptoms appear.
• Confirming diagnosis at the earliest followed by adequate treatment.
• Educate yourself. Knowledge of the character of cancer, its causes, mode of spread are critical
• Value early diagnosis and adequate treatment as a means of protection.
Lifestyle changes and cancer
Lifestyle changes impact the way we treat our body, and not just for cancer. In 2008, a large study showed how a combination of four healthy behaviours would affect your health. These are:
• Not smoking
• Keeping active
• Moderating consumption of alcohol
• Eating five daily portions of fruits and vegetables.
Pap smear is a screening test for Cancer of the mouth of the uterus (cervix). It is a very simple test that is performed in the Gynecology OPD. In this test, a speculum in introduced in the vagina, and under vision, with a small spatula and brush, the cells from the cervix are brushed off and sent for cytology-examination of cells to establish if they are cancerous.
Cancer of the cervix though less heard of, is a major killer among women especially in India, in fact much more than the more commonly heard of breast or ovarian cancer. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer occurs early and strikes at the productive period of a woman's life. All women older than 21 years of age and, younger women who are sexually active, should have a Pap smear done every 2-3 years, and more often if any abnormalities are found.
Cervical cancer is typically contacted by infection of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) virus, which is sexually transmitted. A woman can reduce her risk of cervical cancer by getting an HPV vaccine before becoming sexually active. However, even women who are vaccinated will have to undergo regular cervical cancer screening tests. Vaccines reduce a person's risk of getting an infection, but do not prevent such infections.
While early cervical cancer doesn't have visible symptoms, women may notice abnormal virginal bleeding as the cancer grows. Watch out for:
• Bleeding between regular menstrual periods
• Bleeding after sexual intercourse
• Bleeding after menopause
• Increased vaginal discharge
• Menstruation that last longer and is abnormally heavier
• Unusual pain during sex
Mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breasts, used to detect and diagnose breast diseases. It is the most effective method of detecting cancer at an early stage, even before it can be felt. Mammography is a preventive measure for women who do not have any symptoms of breast diseases. We recommend that women about the age of 40 should have a mammogram done every two year as part of a routine check-up by a healthcare professional. Screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 74.
The procedure for screening mammography last about 15 to 20 minutes for a screen-film examination and 5 to 10 minutes for digital mammography. The procedure may take longer if additional views are needed, as is the case in diagnostic mammography. Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography help to start the treatment at the earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it has spread.
• The signs and symptoms that should be discussed with a doctor include:
• Lumps that feel like a hard knot (many women normally have lumpy breasts) or a thickening in the breast or under the arm.
• Change in the size or shape of the breast.
• Nipple tenderness, discharge (may occur suddenly, be bloody, or occur in only one breast), or physical changes (such as a nipple turned
inward or a persistent sore).
• Skin irritation or changes, such as puckers, dimples, scaliness, or new creases.