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Dr. Vindhya Vasini Andra  - Oncologist, Hyderabad

Dr. Vindhya Vasini Andra

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MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology

Oncologist, Hyderabad

12 Years Experience  ·  400 at clinic  ·  ₹350 online
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Dr. Vindhya Vasini Andra 86% (10 ratings) MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology Oncologist, Hyderabad
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Dr. Vindhya Vasini Andra is an experienced Oncologist in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. She has been a practicing Oncologist for 12 years. She has done MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology . She is currently practising at Omega Hospital in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Book an appointment online with Dr. Vindhya Vasini Andra on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam - 2006
MD - Radiotherapy - Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad - 2011
DM - Medical Oncology - Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), Tirupati - 2015
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Medical Council of India (MCI)

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Breast Cancer - 7 Treatment Modalities That Can Be Of Help!

MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Breast Cancer - 7 Treatment Modalities That Can Be Of Help!

Treatment for breast cancer depends on the type of cancer, hormone sensitivity, size, grade and stage of cancer. A doctor considers the overall health of the patient and the patient’s individual preference before recommending a treatment plan. While there are many treatments options available for breast cancer, surgery is by far the most popular option for most patients. Along with surgery, some other treatments that a patient undergoes include radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy.

Surgery options

 

  1. Lumpectomy: This is a procedure wherein the surgeon cuts the tumour and removes some of the surrounding healthy tissue in order to ensure that cancer does not spread to the healthy cells after the surgery. This procedure is applicable for small tumours.
  2. Mastectomy: This is a procedure in which all tissues of the breast are removed. This includes lobules, fatty tissue, ducts, areola, and nipple. In a skin-sparing mastectomy, all of the breast skin, except the nipple and the areola, is preserved, which makes the reconstruction process easier.
  3. Sentinel node biopsy: Since the sentinel lymph nodes are the first place that cancer is likely to spread, a doctor might suggest a sentinel node biopsy if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. If no trace of a cancer cell is found in the nodes, it is unlikely that any more nodes need to be removed.
  4. Removal of breasts: Many women who have cancer in one breast often choose to remove both the breasts in order to avoid the risk of cancer spreading. While a family history of breast cancer can greatly increase the chance of breast cancer in a woman, statistics show that most women who have cancer in one breast do not develop cancer in the other one.
  5. Radiation: This is a process where a high-powered beam of energy is directed at the cancer cells to kill them. This method is often used after a lumpectomy. Radiations are of two types—external beam and brachytherapy. Some side effects of this treatment include fatigue, hair fall, loss of appetite and rashes.
  6. Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer by cytotoxic and other drugs. This is often recommended by doctors when there is a good chance of the cancer cells spreading to other locations of the body. This form of treatment is often recommended before the surgery to shrink a tumour or restrict the growth of cells.
  7. Hormone therapy: Hormonal therapy is used to treat cancers that have hormonal sensitivity. They can be used before or after the surgery in order to ensure that cancer does not reoccur. Some of the treatment methods in this section include medication that restricts hormones from getting attached to the cancer cells, medications that restrict the body to produce oestrogen post-menopause and a medication that destroys cancer receptors.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia - What Should Be Done In Such A Case?

MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia - What Should Be Done In Such A Case?

There are more than hundred varieties of blood cancer, but the most common ones are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of leukemia, is when the white blood cells in the marrow begin to grow uncontrollably. This is an acute condition and both the onset and progress are very rapid. The cause is not known, and given the rapid progress, even treatment is often difficult. A more severe form of AML is the APML which is acute promyelocytic leukemia, which leads to reduced number of white and red blood cells and plasma.

This causes the following symptoms:

  • Anemia
  • Increased incidence of infections
  • Excessive bleeding from even minor cuts
  • Bleeding from nose and gums
  • Easy bruising
  • Blood in the urine
  • Extreme paleness and tiredness

What is different about APML?

There is one distinguishing factor with APML, which is that they contain a protein which when released into the bloodstream can cause severe bleeding, which may be very difficult to control. Chemotherapy kills these cells and so releases the proteins into the bloodstream. These cells need to be managed without chemotherapy, as the patient can even die of uncontrolled bleeding. With medical advances, two non-chemotherapy agents have been identified – all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA, vesanoid, or tretinoin) and arsenic trioxide (ATO or trisenox).

  1. ATRA: This is a type of vitamin A which is used either alone, in combination with chemo, in combination with arsenic trioxide, and also in combination with both chemo and arsenic trioxide. The effect is different in different people – helps control spread, helps prevent recurrence, and helps control symptoms. In many people, it has been successfully used instead of chemotherapy. ATRA is also used as a long-term maintenance agent. Side effects from ATRA include fever, dry skin, rashes, mouth sores, increased cholesterol, and swollen feet. These go away with stoppage of the drug.
  2. ATO: Arsenic is poisonous when given in large amounts. However, it was discovered that it could be used to treat APML with effects similar to ATRA. It is used alone, in combination with chemotherapy, with ATRA, or with both. It helps control the growth of cells and also helps in long-term maintenance therapy. ATO dosage needs to be monitored as it can cause heart rhythm issues.

With both these drugs, there is a significant side effect, known as differentiation syndrome - symptoms include fever, breathing difficulty. Often seen during the first cycle of treatment, this happens when the leukemia cells release a protein into the blood. Symptoms include fever, breathing, kidney damage, and severe fluid buildup. With these two drugs being widely used effectively, chemotherapy is not the only treatment option for APML. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Breast Cancer - Categories It Can Be Classified Into!

MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Breast Cancer - Categories It Can Be Classified Into!

Detecting a lump on your breasts can be stressful for any women. Breast cancer is a common type of cancer and is said to affect primarily affect women though 1% of breast cancer cases affect men. Breast cancer can be categorized into different types based on their capability to affect surrounding tissues.

The most common amongst these are:

  • Ductal carcinoma in situ
  • Invasive ductal carcinoma
  • Invasive lobular carcinoma

Breast cancer is caused by mutations of a person’s DNA cells. This could be inherited from one’s parents or acquired by an unhealthy lifestyle. These DNA mutations cause cells in the breast tissue to multiply rapidly and turn cancerous. The risk factors for breast cancer can be categorized as modifiable and non-modifiable.

Modifiable risk factors:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Use of combined hormone therapy after menopause
  • Lack of exercise

Non-modifiable risk factors:

  • Age
  • Family Medical History
  • Personal Medical History
  • Atypical hyperplasia
  • Early start of menstruation cycle
  • Presence of dense breast tissue
  • Inherited genetic mutations

As with any other type of cancer, the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. In its early stages, breast cancer is not painful and has negligible symptoms. In most cases, it is detected only by finding a lump on the breast or through a mammography. This lump may also be present in the armpit or above the collar bone. Some of the other symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Nipple inversion
  • Discharge from the nipples
  • Changes in the colour and texture of skin covering the breast

Breast cancer has five stages beginning from 0 and going up to 4. This is based on the size of the tumour, involvement of lymph nodes and whether or not metastasis has occurred.

  • Stage 0: At this stage, the tumour does not affect the lymph nodes and has not metastasized. Thus at this stage, it is noninvasive.
  • Stage I:  In this case the tumour is smaller than 2 cm in diameter and has not spread to any of the surrounding tissues.
  • Stage II: In this stage, the cancerous tumours are still fairly small in size but also affect the surrounding lymph nodes.
  • Stage III: These tumours are larger than 5 cm in diameter and involve the lymph nodes to a greater extent.
  • Stage IV: This is also known as metastatic breast cancer. In this stage, the cancer cells metastasize to other parts of the body.

Surgery is the most preferred form of treatment for breast cancer. This may be combined with radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or hormone therapy depending on the stage and type of cancer, the patient's overall health, age and personal preferences. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Radiosurgery - How Can It Help In Treating Brain Metastases?

MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Radiosurgery - How Can It Help In Treating Brain Metastases?

In many patients with brain metastases, the primary therapeutic aim is symptom palliation and maintenance of neurologic function, but in a subgroup, long-term survival is possible. Local control in the brain, and absent or controlled extracranial sites of disease are prerequisites for favorable survival. 

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a focal, highly precise treatment option with a long track record. Its clinical development and implementation by several pioneering institutions eventually rendered possible cooperative group randomized trials. A systematic review of those studies and other landmark studies was undertaken.

Most clinicians are aware of the potential benefits of SRS such as a short treatment time, a high probability of treated-lesion control and, when adhering to typical dose/volume recommendations, a low normal tissue complication probability.

However, SRS as sole first-line treatment carries a risk of failure in non-treated brain regions, which has resulted in controversy around when to add whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT). SRS might also be prescribed as salvage treatment in patients relapsing despite previous SRS and/or WBRT. An optimal balance between intracranial control and side effects requires continued research efforts.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I have fear of cancer. I smoked for 2 years. I lost weight too. What is the reason doctor. I quit smoking a month ago. But still I have sore throat. It makes me to worry about cancer. What is the reason for weight loss? I checked up on internet, weight loss is a symptom of cancer?

MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Hello Mr. lybrate-user, Given your short history of smoking, your risk for smoking related cancers is not too high. It is very good that you could stop smoking completely. Coming to the weight loss issue .are you getting enough sleep or is the fear of cancer constantly worrying you to the point of sleeplessness. You may also need a psychiatry consultation. You will need to consult and ENT specialist to evaluate the persistent sore throat.
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I am 24 years old. Non married. There is 10 mm movable cysts in left breast. S/o fibroadenoma. Just want to confirm will it fine with the medicines or do any surgery required?

MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Hello, Lybrate-user, Fibroadenomas are benign conditions and they do not turn into cancer. They can be managed conservatively by medications and followed up at regular intervals.
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Hi Dr. Am having fabric in my right breast. And its paining from last 2 days. Is this normal, please suggest.

MBBS, MD - Radiotherapy, DM - Medical Oncology
Oncologist, Hyderabad
Hello Ms. lybrate-user, I presume you are having "fibroid" in the right breast. It could be fibroadenoma or fibroadenosis ,both of which are benign. They may be occasionally painful especially before the monthly menstrual cycle which is normal. They can be managed with medicines and supportive care. They are common benign conditions in women in this age group.
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