breast cancer Archives | Dr. Geeta Kadayaprath


Yesterday we got off to a rollicking start with about 100 champions turning up for the first in-person Breast Support group meeting at Max Vaishali, hosted by Max Institute of Cancer Care in association with Bliss Foundation, post-COVID.

A big thank you to Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal for supporting this initiative and formally launching the Volunteer program.

Also to my colleagues Dr. Vikas Goswami, Dr. Gopal Sharma, Dr. Rajinder Kaur Saggu, and Dr. Ritu for addressing issues raised during the Open House.

A Big Thank you to all those who volunteered – Bliss Buddies – and to those who participated in all the fun, dance, celebrations and for sharing tons of inspiration!!!

Thank you Dr. Gs Divya Dr Hina, Ms. Sushila Kasana Jainer Ms. Archana for all the back end coordination and personal touch.

A big thank you to Ms. Nidhi Agarwal and Ms. Reva Kumar from Bliss Foundation for making this event special with the beautiful volunteer jackets, sashes and the delightful cake.

The next one happens on the 15th June 2023 where we will discuss another important issue faced by most of you. We will be interacting with an expert dermatologist who will share tips with you on โ€˜How to take care of your skin, hair and nails during and after chemotherapyโ€™.

Looking forward to seeing you then. Till then take good care of yourself !! โค๏ธ.












In this episode of Max Healthcare’s “Stories of Courage” podcast, we share the powerful story of Mrs. Babita Rawat, a music teacher and Breast Cancer survivor who faced a difficult diagnosis while expecting her baby. She made the brave decision to deliver her baby prematurely and began her battle against cancer with the support of her family and the expert medical care of Dr. Geeta Kadayaprath, Senior Director of Breast Surgical Oncology at Max Institute of Cancer Care, Vaishali.

Her story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of love and support in overcoming life’s challenges.



Curtains were brought down on a month-long Breast Cancer Awareness campaign at Max Vaishali, in exemplary fashion. You would have been witness to several cookery shows but this event surely surpassed any that I have witnessed in the past. There were 9 teams with 4 participants each and they were all Champions, those who had been through the experience of breast cancer. Some, who were 10 years past the disease and others who were on treatment. Most of them prepared but one team came together just then.. Spirited, talented, creative with magic in their hands. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸณEach team decorated itโ€™s stall, collected items from the food counters to put together a drink, a starter, a salad and a dessert. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

Then what happened was sheer magic. The judges Chief Dietician at Max Saket, Ritika Samaddar RD and Celebrity Chef Saby Gorai were at a loss. They had a tough time judging the competition. Thank you for being there.

They were all winners. They won the competition and many hearts. They suffused the space with such positivity that it will be some time before we are able to replicate this energy.๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

Thanks is due to the each participantโ€ฆ you made us all so proud, to Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal Jatin Verma and Vanshikha for giving wings to this dream event, to Sushila Kasana Jainer and Archana Mann for coaxing and cajoling the participants into believing that they would be creating memories for life and most of all, Head Dietician, Ms. Nidhi and her team at Max Vaishali, for curating all the ingredients, organizing them and executing the distribution flawlessly on the ground.


A super exciting Sunday morning with a blitz of pink, this time, with Women bikers and Breast Cancer Champions and Caregivers donning pink jackets and absorbing the calm of the morning interrupted by the powerful Vroom! Vroom! of their mean machines.

Flagged off by the 94 years old international athlete, Bhagwani Devi, along with Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal and Dr. Gopal Sharma. 100 bikers took to the street from Max Hospital Vaishali to Max Hospital Noida. As the pink stream vroomed ahead, it would have caught the attention of the bystanders- Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. ๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€

Empowered women- spreading the message of being breast aware. Doesnโ€™t get better than this.๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

A huge shout out to Nandani Verma, Dr. Leena Biswas, Khushboo, Mansi, Chandni and all the other lady bikers. You are inspiring!!

The pics say it all!

Thank you Jatin Verma, Vanshikha, Shahzad Hussain, Sushila Kasana Jainer


Physical activity is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer by almost 35-40% in a Norwegian study and outcomes are better after breast cancer in those women who exercise regularly!!

Happy to have been part of a run in the wee hours of 15th Oct 2022, where Max Hospital, Patparganj teamed up with DLF Mall Noida.

Dual purpose achieved as the Oncology Team at Max Institute of Cancer Care, Max Hospital Patparganj Dr. (Prof) Meenu Walia, Manoj Tayal, Dr. Satyam Taneja, Rashmi Shukla and I, Geeta Kadayaprath took stage with Breast Cancer champions to create breast cancer awareness and also flagged off a run, to underscore the importance of physical activity.

I did not mean to run but completed a walk and a run of 2.5 kms ๐Ÿ˜Œwith my colleague Dr. Manoj Tayal. Not much but every bit matters!!๐Ÿ˜œ

And then it was work as usual starting at 8am!๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ

Thank you Dr. Kousar Shah, Mansi Jhamb and team for supporting this cause!!


By 2025, the annual incidence of breast cancer in our country is likely to get to 2.25 lacs/ year. The percentage of advanced breast cancer is still an alarming 60-70%.

We have to keep the conversations going, with women and men alike, to up the awareness level and detect breast cancers early. At this unique event, hosted by Max Hospital Vaishali, we had women leaders, CEOs, managers, Principals, and entrepreneurs participate in an engaging panel discussion. While they put forth their views, their insights were sharpened by our experts and the stories of courage by our breast cancer champions. I am sure they went back enlightened with a promise to spread the word within their sphere of influence.๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€

Neeti Palta regaled us with her humor and superb timing taking potshots at our male counterparts.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Absolutely on point!๐Ÿ˜

Thank you Dr Gaurav Aggarwal and Dr. Harit Chaturvedi along with Jatin Verma, Vanshikha, Shahzad Hussain, Sushila Kasana Jainer and team for making this beautiful event happen.

Ladies, you are truly the Voice of Change as we celebrate the Spirit of Pink at Max Healthcare, this October month. What we do may be a drop in the ocean but I can see the ripples forming.

The Voice of Change will only get louder!


Excellent ABSICONโ€ฆ attractive format, well thought out debates, stimulating discussions, erudite faculty, superb participation, great hospitality and grand entertainment (Sufi performance was stupendous!)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

A conference befitting ten years of ABSI!! I was there 10 years ago and this time was certainly special!!

Heartening to see young, enthusiastic breast surgeons thronging the place to share their experience (200 abstracts)and to gain from the wisdom of stalwarts from India and overseasโ€ฆ all for the patientsโ€™ good!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

A huge shout out to Aditi Chaturvedi, Karishma Kirti, Kirti Katherine Kabeer, Dr. Reetu Dogra, Dr. Pragnya Chigurupati, Garvit Chitkara and many more (memory fails me๐Ÿ˜™), for painting an optimistic picture for the future of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Many congratulations to Dr. N Raghuram, Dr. Somashekhar, Dr. Ashwin Rajagopal, Dr. SVS Deo, Diptendra Sarkar, the overseas faculty and the entire team for putting this together!!


Today is the culmination of the International Breast Feeding Week.
I want to take your focus away from the goodness of breast milk and feeding, about which a lot has been said already. When my colleagueโ€™s young sister, who is nursing her two month baby, casually mentioned a lump in the breast, my colleague did not make too much of it. She has had similar lumps during the past pregnancy, which went away on their own.

When she said she had started feeling the lump in the latter half of her pregnancy, my colleague was quick to get her investigated and a biopsy confirmed his worst fearsโ€ฆ it was breast cancer!

Pregnancy associated breast cancer is a known entity, presenting often late, as most of the changes in the breast are attributed to pregnancy and lactation. It is here, that we need to up our ante and not ignore any new lump that surfaces during pregnancy and breast feeding. 9 out of 10 times, it would be something innocuous, but for that one which may turn out to be cancer, one needs to visit a breast surgeon and get the lump investigated and seen to itโ€™s natural conclusion.

While you enjoy your pregnancy and bond with your child over breast feeding, do not forget to be breast aware. Your awareness will surely save your day and be a blessing to your family!


I am often asked why does breast cancer happen? And the only honest answer I come up with is โ€˜I donโ€™t know. There are risk factors but there is no absolute association of breast cancer with these risk factors! Not a very confidence inspiring answer but that is the reality. The truth is that in a developed country like USA,1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime while in India,1 in 25-30 women in the urban population and 1 in 65-70 women in the rural areas will be diagnosed with the same. That may seem reassuring but in absolute numbers we are way ahead of America.

The western world has a well-oiled mammographic screening program to detect breast cancers early. We do not have one and probably the incidence as of now, does not justify such an exercise. The real worry, however, is that in India and other developing countries, more lives are lost to breast cancer compared to the west. So what is it that they are doing right which we are not? Some things are quite obvious, that they have better access to uniform healthcare and they are quite mindful and aware of the problem of breast cancer. Our cup of woes is overflowing- the larger population has no access to primary healthcare let alone tertiary care.

With every passing day, the problem of breast cancer is growing and it is imperative that we do what we can to turn the tide. It is rather unfortunate that about 50-60%of breast cancers in our country are detected in advanced stages. It is therefore not surprising that more than 50% of patients diagnosed with breast cancer would succumb to the disease. For a country like ours, the only useful tool to tackle breast cancer would be โ€“EARLY DETECTION! It is a known fact that the only method to improve outcomes in breast cancer is by catching the disease early. For us, becoming familiar with our own breasts and making others around us breast aware is the need of the hour.

Breast Self Examination

Breast self examination (BSE) is an extremely simple procedure to carry out. You donโ€™t need to set aside a special time to execute it. You can do so while you are taking a bath. Examination is so much simpler when your hand slips over the breast and you can detect any abnormal area in the breast quite easily. Breast self examination should be performed once a month, a week after your periods or if you are postmenopausal, on a fixed day every month which could coincide with your birthday or anniversary. Some breasts may be extremely lumpy and bumpy. You may perceive this as abnormal when you start examining yourself but a trip to a breast surgeon can allay your fears. The lumpy breast is your normal. What a regular breast self examination achieves is quite remarkable: it familiarizes you with the usual undulations in the breast in the same way as you are completely aware of all the speed breakers, curves and kerbs we encounter on our way from work to home even on a dim lit road.

Early Detection is the Key

EARLY DETECTION IS REALLY THE KEY! Any new finding in the breast needs to be seen, investigated and seen to its natural conclusion. PERIOD!! To remain healthy and disease free is what we all want, but to detect a problem and procrastinate can have serious consequences.

A woman, without doubt, is a multitasker- balancing her home and her work with dexterity unique to her. It is impossible to overemphasize the role a woman plays in the lives of the many who depend on her for their day-to-day needs. In the process, she often pushes back her needs. Her health almost always takes a backseat as she always has better things to do โ€“ FOR OTHERS!

Let us all pledge to become breast aware and inspire at least 10 other women to do the same. We certainly owe this much to ourselves and to all our loved onesโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ

Learn the technique of Breast Self-Examination @


We have been waiting for this day for almost two years. Breast Support Group meetings used to happen every month before COVID struck and since then, we had no choice but to migrate to the Zoom mode. We adapted well but nothing like an -in-& person meeting.
The Champions came back to enliven our space and brought with them the energy that one can experience only by being there. The ones who have recently crossed paths with cancer looked up at those who had done the journey and were living lives more enriching than before. Some thanked cancer for transforming their lives and others felt blessed that cancer had touched their lives, as it had changed the very lens through which they were looking at life.
Their laughter rang true, their singing had everybody pitch in, their superlative attempt at dancing with the leader and their unbridled enthusiasm made it an event to remember!!

Thanks to all my colleagues at Max Institute of Cancer Care who pitched in and to the Management who helped us put this together.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Gratitude to Susheela, Shreya, Divya and Abhishek for pitching in selflessly!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

We will come back with more as we know for sure that HAPPINESS COMES IN MANY COLOURS!!!!๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

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For the larger part of the 20th century, breast removal surgery was the only surgical option for breast cancer treatment. In India, it continues to be the surgical option offered to about 70-80% of women suffering from breast cancer. It is tough, I am sure, as women from various sections of society, grapple with the loss and try to complete their feminity with newspaper rolled into the bra or rags or cotton or a piece of rolled cloth or nothing, recoiling in acute embarrassment, when having to put these unsightly contraptions away, prior to a physical examination. This Shame has to end!!

They donโ€™t ask for fear of not getting a useful answer and we, as caregivers, in our rushed existence, donโ€™t want to know if it matters to them. The truth is, it matters! To be physically complete, either with an external prostheses or reconstructive surgery, is important, to restore confidence. While there are expensive external prostheses made of high quality foam and silicon, there is an option which comes as a boon to many women who want a comfortable, easy maintenance option โ€ฆ. All for FREE!! KNOCKERS, it is !!

At a webinar on KNOCKERS, for the Max Breast Support group meeting today, there was much gratitude and a sense of awe for the amazing work being done by SAAISHA. Spearheaded by Jayashree ji and assisted by her team of dedicated, selfless volunteers, SAAISHA provides knitted or crocheted breast forms ( Knockers) made of Mercerised cotton for FREE. You can hand wash it, use it with your normal bras with pockets stitched onto it, add pouches of coins if you need to increase the weight and have a pair of them delivered home. The volunteers knit them for those who need them, with lots of love and affection. Great concept and suffused with the warmth of selfless givers.โค๏ธโค๏ธ

With Knockers, no one should go Breastless after mastectomy. Spread the word and if you wish to volunteer for SAAISHA, please get trained under them and become a part of this wonderful movement.

For those interested, please contact Jayashree ji @ 7700-990212 or email at for your pair of Knockers today!!


Yesterday, I got a call at 7.00 in the morning. It was from a city about a 100 kilometers from Delhi. The gentleman at the other end, in a panic stricken voice was saying that his mother who had undergone a breast removal surgery for a right breast cancer a week ago, had a bout of vomiting and suddenly, the drain box attached to the operated site filled up with blood. I quickly remembered that this patient had had poor tolerance to chemotherapy and the chemo had been interrupted to perform surgery. She was a hypertensive and diabetic. It was 7 days from surgery and rather unusual for a bleed to happen. However, I asked him to Whatsapp me pics of the drain box and my worst fears were confirmed. She was bleeding and needed urgent attention.

I urged him to go to the nearby nursing home, get her vitals checked, get her started on iv fluids and seen by the local surgeon. He went to the best place there but no one there was forthcoming. The panic in the son was building to a crescendo, as his momโ€™s restlessness was only getting worse. I was constantly on the phone trying to guide him but when he saw that things were not moving at all, he quickly shifted his mom to his car and decided to drive down to my hospital. It was risky for someone who was bleeding to cover a 100+ kilometers. I pleaded with him to get an intravenous line inserted and fluids started. He said he was not getting anywhere and he would take the risk of driving her down to me.

He must have driven at breakneck speed. He was in the Hospital in 2 hours and in the next half hour, my surgical team, the anesthetist, nursing teams and the coordinators set about doing their jobs in a calm but brisk manner. The Blood Bank had been alerted and the samples sent. The patient was alert but getting to be a bit drowsy. She was wheeled into the Operation theatre, the wound was opened, a bleeder identified and taken care of, drains inserted and the wound sutured back. Two units of blood was transfused and her blood pressure slowly returned to normal and the pulse started to settle. The color was returning to her face and she was sent to the ICU for monitoring and another unit of transfusion.

At the end of it all, there was a sweeping sense of gratitude for the hospital I work in. She had been to a โ€˜bestโ€™ hospital in her city but there, first aid was hard to come by. There was no urgency to save a life. Here, at my hospital, a well orchestrated multidisciplinary team effort ensured that she got timely care and is now, on her path to recovery. I dread to think what may have happened, had they got stuck in a traffic jam and reached later than what they did.

There is no substitute to what you can achieve in the comfort of a well equipped hospital with a team of experienced professionals.