Genetic Testing in the Breast Clinic

Background Genetic Testing for breast cancer in India has been limited so far by the high cost of patented tests, need to ship samples overseas and social stigma towards genetic disease. However recent emergence of new technology such as next generation sequencing and local presence of genetic labs has brought down costs considerably. Hollywood actress… Continue reading Genetic Testing in the Breast Clinic

Breast Cancer Treatments Simplified..(Well Almost… )

The intense fear we have about cancer relates not only to the deadliness of the disease but the overwhelming nature of treatments involved. Time-and-again cancer proves that it certainly is a worthy enemy. Rationally then, we must use the most effective and powerful defenses available in medicine to fight it. The treatments we have to… Continue reading Breast Cancer Treatments Simplified..(Well Almost… )

What Depression can Learn from Cancer

Depression sucks. We’ve heard the reasons it exists and we often know our own. Bad genes, life stressors, neurotransmitter imbalance ..whatever. You just want to get better already!  The self-help you read on exercise therapy, mindfulness or eating healthy, points out how you’ve been doing it all wrong. The friends who have it all together… Continue reading What Depression can Learn from Cancer

“Will I be ok?”….Probably …Maybe

“The cancer won’t come back right?”  “I’m completely cured now?” “I’m going to be alright then?” Every cancer patient needs a reassuring hug that says “Ofcourse ! Yes! Don’t you worry! I won’t let anything happen to you” As an oncologist however I have to hold myself back and say it like I see it…attempt to predict what is… Continue reading “Will I be ok?”….Probably …Maybe

What oncologists want to scream and tell !

Arising from your own cells & living amidst them, the emperor of all maladies insidiously grows… gets noticed and then ……..gets ignored.  ” Yes I’ve had this lump for 2 years..but it didn’t hurt.” or “She really didn’t say it bothered her..so we never thought it could be serious.” Oncologists hear this day-in and day-out . A… Continue reading What oncologists want to scream and tell !

I’ve Completed Cancer Treatment….But I Don’t Know If I’m Cured.

There’s an expected a sense of relief after completion of cancer treatments. You’ve fought and you’ve endured. It’s been a few months of intense physical and emotional exercise. One would hope for a celebration that says, “You did it… you’re cured.” Unfortunately that’s almost never the case. A gnawing question lingers at the back of… Continue reading I’ve Completed Cancer Treatment….But I Don’t Know If I’m Cured.