Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women globally. It also occurs in men as well. The usual symptoms include, a lump in the breast, pain, change in the size or the shape of the breast, dimpling of the skin and or excretion of fluid from the nipple. As a prevention protocol, it’s recommended to do a self-breast examination once a month and undergo a mammogram annually after fifty years of age. The treatment which is most commonly relied upon for breast cancer, is SURGERY.
Surgery is the physical removal of a tumour and the removal of a thin layer of healthy tissue surrounding it. There are a lot of physical changes that a patient undergoes. In our earlier articles we have already spoken in detail about the major side effects of all the cancer treatments. You can go here to find them – https://blog.carerprogram.com/2016/10/.
We have also written a beautiful article about the most common yet unspoken side effects of breast cancer treatment HERE.
Depending upon the stage and type of tumour, the following surgeries are performed:
Lumpectomy is a breast conservation therapy usually carried out when the tumour is smaller in size. Quadrantectomy is the removal of a quarter of the breast. Mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts partially or completely. It’s carried out when the person has high risk of breast cancer and hence used as a preventive measure from spreading to other parts. Currently the decision to go for a mastectomy is based on various factors, like breast size, number of lesions, and the willingness of the patient to accept higher rates of tumour recurrences after lumpectomy and radiation.
What we can do?
Whether you choose a lumpectomy or double mastectomy (removal of both breasts), there are solutions. Breast reconstruction surgeries are very common today and are almost identical to the original. It’s done by using autologous tissue or prosthetic material to construct the breast in women.
The other option is to use external prosthetics. Again, this is widely used and can look perfectly normal. There are breast and nipple prosthetics available today for every shape and size.
The CARER Program has also included this in its recovery program and has collected few trustable resources from where you can buy prosthetics.
Integrative healing is one of the most effective ways to recover from cancer treatment. It targets the physical and emotional levels of a patient. The approach is all about incorporating complementary therapies in healing. The CARER Program offers each one of these therapies in great depth, so the patient can recover to optimal health after surgery.
- Nutrition and lifestyle
- Yoga therapy
- Meditative therapies
Nutrition plays an imperative role in strengthening immunity. Nature gives us our food and each food is designed for specific functioning. Depending upon the cancer, there would be a couple of dietary limitations and some cases dietary modifications as well. For example, breast cancers that are estrogen receptor positive require one to be on a diet which is of less estrogen and hormone aggravating.
Counselling, often ignored and undervalued can have major positive implications on your recovery. Talking to a professional during and after breast cancer treatment is very important for emotional and mental wellbeing.
Yoga therapy have specific stretching and strengthening exercises specifically for the upper body. This helps greatly in postural deviations that are caused by surgery.
Meditation therapy is focused on distressing you from the emotional trauma that physical changes can bring about on the body.
Therefore, if you are going through breast cancer or have in the past, we urge you to take precautionary measures and know that healing starts within you. Also be aware that there is an abundance of help out there and finding the right resources for your recovery is imperative!