Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer treatment in Spain

Breast Cancer is any malignant tumor that arises from cells in breast gland tissue. Oncology clinics in Spain have an excellent outcome in surgeries and treatments that can be compared with the best oncology centers in the United States. These treatments, compared to countries like Germany or Israel are more affordable in Spain.

Spain has centers for proton therapy, Cyberknife for minimally invasive surgeries. Oncology hospitals in Spain are at the leaders in diagnosis and treatment.

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    Treatment characteristics

    There are several types of breast cancer (listed by breastcancer.org):

    • DCIS – Ductal carcinoma in situ
    • IDC – Invasive ductal carcinoma
    • Tubular carcinoma of the breast
    • Medullary carcinoma of the breast
    • Mucinous carcinoma of the breast
    • Papillary Carcinoma of the breast
    • Cribriform carcinoma of the breast
    • ILC – Invasive lobular carcinoma
    • Inflammatory breast cancer
    • LCIS – Lobular carcinoma in situ
    • Male breast cancer
    • Paget’s Disease of the nipple
    • Phyllodes tumor of the breast
    • Recurrent & Metastatic breast cancer

    Some of the symptoms include:

    • Change in size
    • Irregularities and/or lumps in the surrounding tissue
    • Changes in the appearance (colour, texture, like “the skin of an orange”)
    • Breast dimpling/indentation
    • Lump in the underarm area
    • Pain and breast feels warm to the touch

    Some risks factors include:

    • Cigarette smoking
    • A family history of breast cancer
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Unhealthy diet

    Breast cancer and the available treatments can be categorised as:

    Stages I, II & III – small tumors are present (I), medium-sized tumors and/or extended to a few lymph nodes (II), large tumors with extended involvement of nodes and tissues (muscle).

    Stage IV (metastasis) – tumors have spread to various parts of the body such as the bones, lungs, liver or brain.

    Treatments for Stages I, II, III:

    • Chemotherapy
    • Hormonal therapy
    • Radiotherapy
    • Surgery (mastectomy or lymphadenectomy depending on the part to be removed)
    • A combination of these treatments

    For the most severe stage of the disease (stage IV) and the cancer has spread (metastasis), you may have chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunotherapy to help you manage your symptoms.

    The result varies depending on each patient, their physical condition and the tumour progression. If we are in the first two phases the probabilities of overcoming this disease are very high, most patients eradicate it.

    The probabilities of being clean of cancer diminish according to the stage so there will be cases in which our treatment is focused on maintaining a quality of life as satisfactory as possible.

    This will depend on the stage in which the disease has been detected. Your recovery time may range from a few weeks, two to three months or more, depending on your individual case, your doctor may specify a longer period of time.

    If you came to us in the early stages, you may be able to return home after a few weeks or a month, although you will have to maintain a close follow-up with your medical team (in your country or in ours) to check your progress.

    Relevant information

    Advantages

    • The main advantage of breast-conserving surgery is that the woman preserves most of her breast. However, in most cases she will also need radiation.

    • Women who undergo mastectomy for early-stage cancers usually do not need radiation.

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation, medical and travel confirmations.
    • If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.​

    During treatment

    • Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical record (for which he will ask you to provide all your medical documentation), perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
    • If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, the doctor will tell you when you should come to undergo the most appropriate treatment.
    • If the doctor has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the intervention, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to be treated!
    • The same goes for any fasting that the doctor indicates, if you do not comply with it – You will not be able to have the treatment either.

    After treatment

    • After your treatment, your medical team will want to be kept regularly informed of your progress.
    • They will ask you to undergo a series of checks that will have to be carried out during the first few years at different intervals, usually every 3 or 6 months. Your doctors will arrange visits and, in some cases, you will be asked to undergo further testing to ensure that everything is under control.
    • They will certainly suggest a new nutrition plan and life habits that will help you in this new phase.
    • Please remember that successful recovery and a better quality of life also depends on you and on following the guidelines given by your doctors!

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