We provide consultations for diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of cancers.
Cancer is a disease which does not forgive.Time is of essence.Diagnosis should be made as soon as possible and treatment should start right away.Otherwise,cancer will continue to grow and spread farther and farther and become difficult to cure and manage.
Common symptoms which need special and urgent evaluation are;
Lumps ,swelling ,ulcers on the visible body parts like skin,breast ,neck ,axilla ,groin ,mouth and throat etc.Most of the cancers don’t cause pain in the beginning and pain can be a sign of advanced cancer.
Difficulty swallowing ,breathing ,urinating .
Bleeding from mouth ,blood in urine ,stool ,sputum
Any new and persistent (more than few days) symptoms like pale or yellow eyes,dark urine,vomiting ,constipation ,diarrhea ,weight loss,loss of appetite ,problem breathing ,pain ,fever ,bleeding ,gum swelling, abdominal distension ,difficulty walking ,headache ,problem with vision,general weakness ,weakness on one side of body etc.In short ,any symptom which is new and does not go away in few days,should be evaluated and investigated by a competent physician.
Common tests to diagnose cancer depend on the symptoms and initial evaluation of the physician .They could vary from blood tests,x rays ,CT or MRI scans,PET scans .Almost all cancers need a pathological diagnosis which could mean a biopsy ,FNA or surgery .
After diagnosis of cancer ,staging is important.This helps the doctors to know how advanced the cancer is and what are the best treatments for that particular stage and type of cancer.staging may require scans,x rays,blood tests ,bone marrow biopsy etc.
Every patient is unique and so is the cancer .Treatment of cancer depends on the type ,stage of the cancer ,health and preference of the patient and available treatments.Always discuss your options ,pros and cons of the treatments with your treating oncologist.