Recently I came across and treated a male patient suffering from
That spurred me into writing this post.
The occurrence of breast cancer is well known in women; men
rarely suffer from the disease. However, we do encounter a couple of cases
Male breast cancer, just as in women, often presents with a slow
growing lump, which is initially painless and hence ignored.
Men do not have a lot of breast tissue, hence the tumour tends to invade and
involve the skin and/ or the chest wall earlier. And that’s why male breast
cancers tend to fare worse than female breast cancers.
The diagnosis and treatment of the condition is the same as in
women, involving a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy for diagnosis.
Treatment involves removal of the entire breast tissue along
with the axillary lymph nodes ( Modified Radical Mastectomy). The need for
Adjuvant Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and Hormone therapy is based upon the
If treated in time, men have also been found to fare just as
well as women.
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