Medical Oncology is a modality of treatment that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. It offers cancer patients a comprehensive and systemic approach to treat and care, through the entire disease spectrum.
The medical oncology department offers personalized treatment for patients with various cancers through the use of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, hormonal therapy as well as immunotherapy in an effective manner. Our medical oncology team works in cooperation with other departments comprising of surgical oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists. This multi-disciplinary tumor board recommends an individualized treatment plan, for every patient to give the best clinical outcomes.
Facilities and services
- Patient-friendly daycare and chemotherapy ward
- Palliative and end-of-life care
- Efficient cancer screening
- Genetic counseling
- Organ conservation
- Dedicated Pediatric Oncology Services
- Day Care Chemotherapy Services: This specialized daycare services focus on the usage of specific drugs to kill or stop the growth of cancer cells. These drugs interfere with the process of cancer cell division and promote cancer cell death. Chemotherapy is usually recommended either before the surgery to shrink a tumour (neoadjuvant therapy) or after the surgery or radiation therapy to destroy remaining cancer cells (adjuvant therapy).
The chemo drugs are usually administered by
- Infusion pump based chemotherapy: In this method, chemo drugs are administered through a small, lightweight infusion pump. These pumps will regulate the amount of drugs entering the bloodstream.
- Chemo via Chemoport: In this method, the chemo drugs are delivered directly into the port (small implantable silicon tube) rather than a vein to prevent the risks of bleeding.
- Immunotherapy: It involves the usage of certain medicines to boost a person’s own immune system to find and destroy the cancer cells. Immunotherapy can be used alone or in combination with other cancer therapies.
- Targeted therapy: It uses specific drugs or substances that target the specific genes, proteins, or the tissue that contributes to cancer growth and survival. This can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as traditional chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation therapy.
- Precision Medicine: Precision medicine or precision oncology intends to use appropriate medicine for a patient based on the genetic or molecular understanding of cancer. This approach is based on the idea that one patient’s treatment is not the same as in another who has the same disease.