Carcinoma of the Breast in Low Resource Setting: A Surgical Case Series from Rural India

Keywords: low resource, Surgery, Carcinoma of the breast, India, Management, Rural


The burden of breast cancer has been on the rise world over and has become the most common cancer among women in urban India and the second most common cancer in rural women after carcinoma cervix. There is a considerable delay in presentation associated with a lack of access to adequate and timely surgical intervention. Consequently, most patients present to tertiary care centers in advanced or inoperable stages. Many subsets of these patients can be managed adequately in resource-limited rural surgical centers. In this series of patients diagnosed with carcinoma breast, we have outlined comprehensive management that is possible in resource-constrained settings. The challenges in adhering to the standard of care and strategies to overcome these limitations have been discussed with a relevant review of the literature.

Author Biographies

Royson Dsouza, Gudalur Adivasi Hospital

MBBS, MS, Consultant Surgeon, ASHWINI - Gudalur Adivasi Hospital, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India

Anish Jacob, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

MBBS, MS, MCH, Assistant Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, Christian Medical College Vellore

Mrudula Rao, Gudalur Adivasi Hospital

MBBS, MD, Medical Superintendent, ASHWINI - Gudalur Adivasi Hospital, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India

Nandakumar Menon, Gudalur Adivasi Hospital

MBBS, FACS, DABS, Director, ASHWINI health system and Gudalur Adivasi Hospital, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu


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How to Cite
Dsouza, R., Cherian, A. J., Rao, M., & Menon, N. (2021). Carcinoma of the Breast in Low Resource Setting: A Surgical Case Series from Rural India. Christian Journal for Global Health, 8(1), 78-86.