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Breast Cancer Treatment in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain which treat Breast Cancer patients.
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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Breast Cancer is treated at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Breast Cancer is treated at HM Hospitales

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Breast Cancer is treated at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Emilio Alba

Director of the Xanit Oncology Institute (XOI)

Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Breast Cancer is treated at Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

Clinica La Luz

The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.

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Breast Cancer is treated at Clinica La Luz

Sanitas Hospitales

Sanitas is a hospital group in Spain with two major facilities in Madrid that accommodates all medical specialties.

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Breast Cancer is treated at Sanitas

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

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Breast Cancer is treated at Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Loubna Aakki

Consultant - Radiation Oncology

Hospital Universitario HM Montepríncipe

The Hospital has all the medical-surgical specialties, both children and adults. With approximately 200 beds divided into adult ICUs, pediatric and neonatal ICUs, general and cardiology facilities with single rooms, adult and pediatric day hospitals, adult and pediatric

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Breast Cancer is treated at Hospital Universitario HM Montepríncipe

Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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Breast Cancer is treated at HGC

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Breast Cancer is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

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About Breast Cancer Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

Breast cancer treatment overview:

Breast cancer treatment requires a multidisciplinary team management consisting of surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, counsellors, physical assistants, etc. The pathology and behaviour of breast cancer affects the treatment plan.

What are the treatment options for breast cancer?

Treatment options depend on the type of the cancer, its stage, grade, genetic markers, overall health of the patient, presence of any mutation and menopausal status of the patient. Treatment involves surgical removal of breast cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy.

  1. Surgery: Surgery is a good option for small and early stage breast cancers. Surgical options include lumpectomy, which is the removal of cancer along with small cancer free healthy tissue around it or mastectomy in which entire breast is removed. Lymph node biopsy or dissection is also done along with surgery to determine the spread of cancer and further action plan. Following mastectomy, reconstructive surgeries are done to create a breast form. They may include silicone breast implants or tissue flap procedures.
  2. Radiotherapy: Radiotherapy uses high energy x-ray or other particles to kill the cancer cells. It can be given before or after the surgery and is given in cycles for a few weeks.
  3. Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses powerful medicines which help to destroy the cancer cells. It is given in cycles for a few weeks and usually involves a combination of two or more drugs. In some cases it is given before the surgery to shrink the cancer size. It is helpful in early stage or advanced stage breast cancer to remove left out cancer cells following surgery or destroy the cancer cells as much as possible after surgery.
  4. Hormonal therapy or endocrine therapy: It is helpful in breast cancer cases which are positive for estrogen or progesterone receptors. Hormonal therapy is used for both early stage and metastatic breast cancer. Medicines such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors are used to inhibit the cancer growth, which is activated by hormones.
  5. Targeted therapy: It works against the cancer proteins, genes or tissue environment that promotes the cancer growth. Also, called as biological therapy, it changes the process in the cell cycle. Therapy is active against particular receptors for proteins present in the cancer cells. They help to control or slow the cancer growth.

What is the success rate of breast cancer treatment?

Breast cancer treatment success largely depends on the stage of breast cancer. Early stage breast cancer is highly treatable, having a very high success rate with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Surgery may take 3- 4 hours depending on the cancer stage and spread to adjacent lymph nodes. Lumpectomy takes lesser time than the mastectomy.

Days admitted : A stay of 6-7 days may be required in the hospital, depending on the patient’s condition and type of surgery done. Frequent stay for chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions is also required.

Anesthesia : Surgery is done under general anesthesia

Risks : Risks related to anesthesia during surgery: Bleeding, Rarely, damage to surrounding structures in the breast, Risks associated with radiotherapy such as: swelling of the breast, red and burning breast skin, hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration, blistering or peeling of skin etc. Rarely radiotherapy may affect the lungs, causing pneumonitis, Chemotherapy: can cause diarrhea, hair loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, etc. It can also cause nerve damage or secondary cancers in the long term, Risks associated with hormonal therapy: Aromatase inhibitors can increase the risk of osteoporosis, broken bones, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, muscle and joint pain. Tamoxifen can also cause vaginal dryness, hot flashes, bleeding or discharge. Rarely, cataract, uterine cancer or blood clots may occu

After care : Good after care is require especially following mastectomy as patient may have psychological effects of breast removal. Regular follow up visits are required to determine the success and recurrence of breast cancer. Psychological support needs to be provided to the patient in case of total mastectomy.

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