Mastectomy is a surgical procedure which involves the complete or partial removal of either, one or both the breasts. The procedure is commonly used for the management of carcinomas of the breast. As per available statistics, it is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, however it also attributes to one percent of cancer related deaths in males. There are several different techniques of conducting a mastectomy depending upon the extent of tissue removed and the removal of surrounding structures like lymph nodes and muscles. Medical tourism destinations across the world provide cost effective and good quality of services in management of breast cancer. The destinations for conducting mastectomy abroad include Mexico, India, Turkey, Jordan and South Korea, which have physical infrastructure of international repute and highly trained medical teams.
Women in early stages of breast cancer can choose the type of surgical procedure which could be either Mastectomy or Breast sparing surgeries along with radiation therapy. However, surgical intervention is inevitable. Breast cancers affect different parts of the breast namely the ducts, the lobules or the intermediate tissue between the lobules. The classification of breast cancer depends upon their nature i.e. non-invasive, invasive, recurrent or metastatic cancers.
For evaluation of carcinoma of the breast, the most common approach is the triple assessment method, based on the extent of invasive nature of the procedure.
The mastectomy procedure would depend upon the size, type, location and the nature of the breast cancer. Some of the commonly used procedures are,
Further depending upon the extent of breast tissue removed the procedures can be classified as,
As per the American Cancer Society, survival rate after mastectomy primarily depends on the stage at which the cancer was detected and the surgery was performed. The five year relative survival rate tends to reduce drastically as the stage of cancer and its spread expands. In Grade IV breast cancers (where the metastatic tumor has spread to other tissues like the brain, liver, lungs, etc along with involving lymph nodes around the breast); the five year survival rate is as low as 20%. However for Grade I breast cancers (where the tumor is limited to the breast tissue with no involvement of the surrounding lymph nodes) the five year survival rate is about 100%.
India has highly trained and specialized oncologists, to provide comprehensive care to patients from abroad. India is consistently improving its infrastructure and quality of care to match international standards with the objective of attracting a high percentage of medical tourists.
Mexico also provides low cost and good quality of oncology services to medical tourists. It is preferred due to its propinquity to the United States. With several hospitals having the Joint Commission International accreditation, it provides medical tourists an opportunity to select from a long list of hospitals.
Competitive prices, proximity to Europe and a strong and well developed healthcare infrastructure give Turkey an advantage in Medical travel care. With a strong repute in the Middle East as a booming healthcare destination, Turkey is one of the preferred destination for medical care travel.
The volume of medical tourists to Jordan has increased exponentially over the past year, which has reinstated the country’s commitment in providing good quality of care at low prices.
With trained and experienced medical professionals, South Korea is focusing exclusively on promoting medical travel for oncology services. The country gives its medical tourists the advantage of, cost, quality, and infrastructure of international repute.
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