The Apollo Bramwell department of Oncology provides comprehensive cancer care including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. As early detection is the key to successful treatment, the hospital offers preventive health checks, which includes gender-specific investigations covering all common cancers.
The Apollo Bramwell Hospital has the unique facility of Day Care Chemotherapy .There is no hospital stay, and it is convenient. The daycare ward is equipped with all the necessary monitoring systems, dedicated nurses and doctors to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the process.
We offer facilities for breast cancer and other breast related diseases.
The objective of Breast Clinic is to provide an integrated service staffed by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team specializing in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all benign and malignant breast diseases.
It offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for patients who experience breast changes or problems. A multi disciplinary group of care providers work together to meet the needs of each patient. Services include evaluation of breast abnormalities, breast cancer prevention, screening, diagnostic testing, patient education and comprehensive treatment options.
The expertise of our Specialist Breast Care Team enables us to provide care to breast patients at all stages – from screening through surgery and chemotherapy.
Mammography Screening: Screening mammogram is an X-ray test to look for the breast cancer in normal women who do not have any symptoms. It can reveal the cancer before it is felt. High-risk women and women above the age of 40 are recommended to undergo mammography once a year.
Sonomammography: It is usually used as an adjunct to mammogram as they complement each other and improve sensitivity and specificity. Fine needle aspiration cytology: This simple procedure done with a syringe and needle without anesthesia. This can be done with or without sonography depending on the indication. A little material like blood is removed from the mass and smears are prepared to look for cancer. Tru-cut biopsy: This is done by the radiologist or surgeons with or without the help of a sonography. The report will be available by the evening of the next day.
MR Mammography: This is a “problem solving” modality for lesions deemed as indeterminate on mammography/ sonomammography. It is recommended to high risk individuals. Patient’s with suspected breast implant rupture/leak will benefit from this specialized test.
Immunohistochemistry study: It is a highly specialized test to look for the hormone status of patient with breast cancer to decide the type of treatment to be administered and also to know the prognosis of patients. Sterotactic Breast Biopsy: These require a great degree of shill and accuracy for localization of lesions with “micro calcifications” and non palpable masses. Apollo Bramwell provides this service exclusively in Mauritius.
The main types of treatment offered at Apollo Bramwell Hospital include surgery, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy:
Depending on the type and stage of the disease, the patient has to undergo either a partial or a complete removal of the breast. If detected early, the woman might not have to lose her breast.
Chemotherapy is the use of various drugs combined with injections to kill cancer cells and shrink the tumour. This treatment is given as an intravenous infusion usually as an outpatient procedure.
Hormonotherapy includes oral drugs which are normally prescribed for 5 years after completion of chemotherapy in hormone-sensitive breast cancers. In hormonal therapy, the side-effects are temporary, manageable and reversible.
The tumor board, which is a unique feature of the Apollo Bramwell Hospital, facilitates interaction of all specialists such as the Surgeon, Radiologist, Pathologist and Medical oncologist on one platform to discuss the best approach for treatment to the cancer patient.