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YNF Special interview with Dr Kinda Douaidari


Oct 22 2017

HealthBay Polyclinic recently opened a multispecialty medical complex on Al Wasl Road, offering Breast Care, Oncology, Women’s Care and Diagnostics. During the launch, Your Neighbourhood Flash interacted with Dr. Kinda Douaidari, Radiologist specialized in women imaging and intervention at HealthBay Polyclinic where she spoke in depth about the new clinic and different aspects of Breast Cancer.

1. Since what age should women start breast examination?

Women should start breast cancer screening with an annual mammogram from age 40. Although, this varies if they have a family history or are not at high risk of having breast cancer. If that's the case, they should start earlier. We individually plan personalised screening exams for these women. Mammography is the only proven way to reduce deaths caused by breast cancer and is currently our best defence in the fight to reduce the chance of dying from this disease.

2. How does the treatment at a specialised Oncology centre in a polyclinic differ from treatment undertaken at a regular hospital?

Patients referred to the centre are assessed by an integrated team of healthcare professionals. Our patient-centred team approach involves continually working with patients to ensure they are treated as an individual. Every case is discussed precisely between our dedicated multi-disciplinary team of specialists (breast radiologist, surgeon, pathologist, and oncologist) to provide the best treatment strategy depending on latest international recommendations.

By eliminating the need for multiple appointments and minimising the wait for test results, the HealthBay Breast Care Centre reduces the anxiety felt by patients and their families. We provide rapid access to breast cancer diagnostic services.

3. Could you briefly explain how the new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tools in the centre add value to the diagnosis?

Our experienced team oversees our state-of-the-art facility. It provides a multimodality approach for breast disease diagnosis, comprising a combination of imaging methods like mammograms, ultrasound, MRI and interventional techniques like core needle or stereotactic guided vacuum assisted biopsy, clip placement, and wire localisation.

Our facility is provided with the latest technology for breast imaging like digital 3D mammogram Tomosynthesis, which is a breakthrough technology providing images of the breast in "slices". It's far more sensitive in finding small abnormalities and determining which of these are important. This results in a more comfortable screening experience for patients.

4. How can I reduce my risks of having breast cancer?

- Avoid or minimise alcohol use
- Breastfeeding matures the cells that produce milk, reducing risk.
- Minimize use of hormone therapy for treatment of menopausal symptoms.
- Maintain a healthy body weight. This is especially important after menopause. Fatty tissue actually produces estrogen.
- Exercise really is the fountain of youth! Women who are more active also have lower estrogen levels, independent of weight.

5. What is your final advice for all women out there?

Many women will avoid going in for regular screening exams because they are afraid of cancer. Breast cancer doesn’t mean death anymore. With early detection, new modalities, and treatments, it’s totally curable. We can’t prevent breast cancer, but we can help find it early, as small as possible, to be totally curable. You can’t control the circumstances you face, but you can help increase positive outcomes. Be positive, go for Breast Cancer Screening and save your life.

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