diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
One of the keys to success when treating breast cancer is the comprehensive assessment by all the specialists involved in the process and the speed with which the best treatment regimen is established. To this end, the Clínica has a specific medical area for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, which is composed of a multidisciplinary team of specialists in this disease.
In generally less than a week, patients at the Clínica are diagnosed and can start with the administration of the most appropriate treatment for their case.
The Breast Cancer Area has the most advanced technology for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Additionally, our Clinical Genetics Unit can determine whether there is a genetic risk of experiencing this disease. If the tests are positive, we conduct clinical follow-ups even before the disease is diagnosed.
The Clínica is the first hospital centre in Spain that has managed to reduce the radiation time from 6 weeks to 5 days, thanks to postoperative partial brachytherapy. We are an international reference centre for this technique and have the greatest accredited experience in the performance of this minimally invasive intraoperative implantation for the administration of brachytherapy during the postoperative period.
We are also pioneers in the implementation of immunotherapy with the administration of tailored vaccines.
The objective of diagnostic tests is the early detection of the cancer, thereby ensuring a high rate of cure. They will also determine whether other areas are affected.
Secondary tests to determine whether the disease has disseminated include the following:
Breast cancer can present at different stages ranging from highly localised involvement to dissemination to other body areas (metastases).
This means the therapeutic alternatives are highly diverse, as are the unique characteristics of the type of cancer being treated and the personal characteristics of each patient.
Breast reconstruction is an optional procedure that can be performed during the same surgical act as the mastectomy (complete breast extirpation) or at a later date.
The reconstruction can be conducted by placing a breast implant or by using other tissues from the patient herself (flap reconstruction).
Treatment of lymphoedema
Lymphoedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid caused by a lymphatic system disorder.
The condition is common in patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery and have had axillary lymph nodes removed or who have been treated with radiation therapy.
The objective of the surgical treatment is to reduce the volume, recover function, eliminate the pain, improve the skin condition, reduce fibrosis and prevent and treat infections.
The prognosis for breast cancer depends on the extent at the time of diagnosis; obtaining an early diagnosis is therefore of utmost importance.
Most patients who present breast cancer have no risk factors that would lead them to suspect that they could suffer from the disease. For this reason, it is essential to consider the following recommendations: