A study by TMC in Mumbai finds local anaesthesia as a game changer for breast cancer patients

A study by TMC in Mumbai finds local anaesthesia as a game changer for breast cancer patients

The treatment uses local anaesthesia that acts as an Anti-Cancer agent. Read on to know more.

Bringing hope to the world, a study by doctors at Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) has indicated that a simple and low-cost intervention can drastically increase the survival rate among breast cancer patients. The revelation was made during the European Society of Medical Oncology Congress in Paris on Monday. As per the study, using local anaesthesia just before breast cancer surgery can significantly lower the risk of death and recurrence by 29% and 30% respectively.

Low cost intervention to cure millions of breast cancer patients

As per the TMC doctors, this intervention will be their standard protocol for the treatment of all breast cancer patients scheduled for surgery. The study conducted by investigators indicated that injecting a commonly used local anaesthesia called lidocaine around the breast tumour minutes before the surgery, worked as an anti-cancer drug in addition to being a pain-numbing agent.

The trial outcome shows that the injection needs no additional expertise, is affordable, barely Rs 100 per patient, but can result in saving at least 100,000 lives of breast cancer patients annually worldwide.

Rajendra Badwe, Director of TMC

Effect of Peri-Tumoral Infiltration of Local Anaesthetic Prior to Surgery on Survival in Early Breast Cancer

Till 2020 as per a global census, over 7.8 million women alive were diagnosed with breast cancer, in past 5 years. Making breast cancer the most prevalent cancer in the world. Reportedly, over 1.5 lac people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in India. Out of this, approximately 90,000-1,00,000 are eligible for the surgery.

The study titled 'Effect of Peri-Tumoral Infiltration of Local Anaesthetic Prior to Surgery on Survival in Early Breast Cancer' highlighted the benefits of such a method that is cost-effective and less severe. In comparison, expensive, targeted cancer treatments like Radiation therapy, Chemo Therapy and Hormonal Therapy cost over ₹10 lakh per patient. Reportedly, they have shown far fewer benefits in early breast cancer treatment.

-With inputs from IANS

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