Dr. Rachna Pande

Breast cancer in men

Whenever one talks about breast cancer, it is presumed to be a woman affected. But it also affects men is a lesser known fact among lay people. In U.K. about 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer as against 50,000 women. This shows that though rare but it does exist. Problem is men are not...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Is there any chance of one surviving breast cancer that has been detected late?

As per statistics of American Cancer Society, the survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer is about 72 per cent. Stage 3 breast cancer means when it has already spread to adjoining lymph nodes/tissues, i.e. is detected late In contrast survival rates for stage 1 breast cancer, i.e. early detection...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Can a mother with breast cancer breast-feed normally?

Breast-feeding is said to be a preventive measure against breast cancer. Not breast-feeding is said to be one of the risk factors for breast cancer. Some women do develop breast cancer, though they have breastfed baby/babies. The cancer occurs due to presence of other one or more risk factors....

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Understanding hiccups

Hiccups are short repeated sounds like, “hic”, produced from the throat of an individual per minute. At times the sound may be loud like gasps or sighing. Occurring for a short duration, they are usually harmless, but they cause much discomfort and embarrassment to the affected person...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why does my baby sweat a lot?

Dear Joan, Sweatingoccurs due to eccrine glands, that is, sweat glands. These glands help to keep the body cool in face of excess temperature, either of the body or the environment. Babies, as such, tend to sweat more. This occurs due to multiple reasons. Babies have more sweat glands in the head...

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Health hazards of causing damage to the environment

Recently, devastating cyclones have hit one of the most powerful and developed nation of the world. Earth quakes in different parts of the world, floods, landslides, e.t.c. are natural calamities which are said to be due to damage caused to nature in process of development. Global warming and...

Monday, October 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

What are the risks of tying my tubes?

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my third child and I was thinking this might be the last.  I want to have my tubes tied after birth. Is it a complicated procedure?  What should I expect and in the event that I change I mind, is it reversible? Diana Dear Diana  Tuballigation or...

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Be aware of metabolic complications of diabetes

Diabetes is a disorder of glucose metabolism in the body. Frequency of urination, increased appetite and increased thirst are the common problems which occur due to diabetes. Apart from these, there can be many other problems needing urgent medical attention. Diabetic individuals mostly know about...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

What are the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I’m 23 years old and a few weeks pregnant with my first child but I do not know what to expect. I live alone and don’t have many people to talk to. What are some things that I should avoid or get into? How soon should I start antenatal? Is there something I can take that...

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Be aware of metabolic complications of diabetes

Diabetes is a disorder of glucose metabolism in the body. Frequency of urination, increased appetite and increased thirst are the common problems which occur due to diabetes. Apart from these, there can be many other problems needing urgent medical attention. Diabetic individuals mostly know about...

Monday, September 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

How bad can fibroids get?

Dear Doctor, I have had fibroids for more than two years. I was advised to have an operation, however, due to financial constraints; I have not been able to do so. I have one child but no plans of having others, so I feel like I can have the operation when I get the money, which may not be soon....

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Coping with depression

Depression is a state of despondency or dejection. Sickness, a major accident, death of a loved one, financial crisis, all these kind of situations can lead one to depression. Mostly this is short lived. But some continue to suffer from depression with no known valid reason. Such people become...

Monday, September 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why is my menstrual cycle erratic?

Dear Doctor, I think I have the most irregular menstrual cycle ever. Sometimes I go two days, sometimes a week! Sometimes I skip a month and sometimes it comes twice! Even the flow is inconsistent. Some days it is heavy, others very light. What is the reason behind this? How can I get a normal...

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tension neck syndrome

Tension neck syndrome is a term that encompasses a variety of disorders involving the neck and shoulder areas, collectively called “cervicobrachial” – cervico (neck) and brachial (shoulder or arm). These terms describe an element of neck and shoulder pain (cervicobrachial) due to...

Monday, September 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can I lose weight after child birth?

Dear Doctor, After giving birth to my third child, losing the weight, especially around my belly, has been impossible. My child is now two years old. It was easy the first two times; I sort of lost the weight with very little effort. The belly fat is my biggest issue. I had a caesarean this time...

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

How low blood pressure is harmful

Blood pressure is the force against which blood flows in the blood vessels of the body providing blood along with necessary oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body. The blood pressure should within normal limits for good functioning of the body. Whereas high blood pressure is harmful and...

Monday, August 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Ways to manage fatigue

The term “fatigue” means extreme tiredness. After working for a long time continuously, cells are deprived of oxygen and products of metabolism tend to accumulate inside the body tissues and cells. This is the cause of sense of fatigue. Capability to do work varies from person to...

Monday, August 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fungal infections

Smelly feet are a common problem for which many seek consultation. This occurs due to fungal infection. Fungi are one of the infectious agents that can infect the body. They can affect any external or internal part of the body. The most visible and common manifestation is infection of the skin....

Monday, August 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

My breasts ache after breastfeeding

Dear Doctor, I just had my first child. She is only a week old. However, my breasts hurt so much when I try to feed her. I noticed that the nipple area is sore and sometimes the pain is so unbearable that I’m forced to give her formula. I really want to breastfeed my child but is there...

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is a condition of congestion and inflammation of the air sinuses in the skull. Air sinuses are air filled spaces in the bones of the skull. They are useful to keep the skull light and also maintain the pressure of the skull to keep brain floating. They dampen the auditory...

Monday, August 7, 2017, 12:00 AM