Cancer Care & Oncology

Oncology is a division of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer. The department of Oncology consists of a complete cancer care plan that includes a trans-disciplinary and multi-modality approach for the treatment. The department takes a holistically assimilated care by combining the views of various experts from Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Onco-pathology. Specialists provide a range of services for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. For each cancer patient, a multidisciplinary tumour board is formed that discusses the case, considers healing and care options and decides a plan to individualise a patient’s treatment. The focus of the treatment plan is the preservation of the affected organ as much as possible while keeping the safety of the patient in mind, the plan should ensure faster recovery and minimal disfiguration.

Medical Conditions and Treatment:

  • Breast cancer – The treatment is subject to the type and stage of cancer. The treatment procedures may include: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery or hormonal therapy.
  • Cervical cancer – Treatment depends on the stage of cancer. Cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women, however, it is also the easiest female cancer to be prevented. Every woman should get the screening done in every 3 years even if there is no history of abnormal Pap Smear.
  • Head and neck cancers – There are numerous cure alternatives available like tumour removal surgery, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. To complete the treatment holistically, restoration of swallowing and eating, and plastic surgery and speech therapy is taken care of, after the removal of tumours.
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer – The main treatment choices for GI cancers are chemotherapy and radiation therapy. With access to the latest technologies like 3DCRT, IMRT, IGRT cancer care has become easier. For GI cancers, IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) IMRT allows doctors to deliver radiation to hard-to-reach areas and permits accuracy while ensuring insignificant damage to other organs.
  • Blood cancer – Blood cancer is generally categorised in 3 diseases: Leukaemia, Myeloma and Lymphoma. The treatment plan is developed according to the type of cancer keeping in mind the complete eradication of cancer. Usually, one of the following methods is selected according to the severity and age of the patient:
    1. Biological therapy to kill cancers
    2. Chemotherapy
    3. Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Lung cancer – Lung cancer can be treated by a number of treatment modalities like surgery, chemotherapy, targeted agents and immunotherapy and radiation.

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