Oncology

Oncology


The term oncology literally means a branch of science that deals with tumours and cancers. The word “onco” means bulk, mass, or tumor while “-logy” means study.

Our oncology center is concerned with comprehensive care comprising of preventive measures, early diagnosis, apt therapy (e.g. surgery, chemotherapy and other modalities), and regular follow-up of cancer patients after successful treatment and palliative care of patients with terminal malignancies.

Our oncologists often consider the multi disciplinary care of cancer patients, which may involve physiotherapy, counseling, clinical genetics, to name but a few. As cancer therapy becomes more coordinated, early identification of recurrence will often lead to better survival and quality of life.

   The department of oncology offers

  • Chemotherapy for blood and lymph nodes (Leukemia and Lymphoma)
  • Surgical excision of tumor - radio-immunoguided surgery (RIGS), ultrasound and LASER surgery, and chemotherapy via an implanted hepatic artery infusion pump.
  • Chemotherapy and radiotherapy for metastasis/ malignancies, such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Adjuvant therapy following surgical interventions with risk of recurrence.
  • Immunotherapy and hormonal therapy

Pain is inevitable, they say- Enduring it is easier said than done. It is an excruciating feeling which needs either an exceptional degree of fortitude or an alleviating hand. Medical science has always pursued this incessant battle against many forms of pain. Of joint pains, it is said only a sufferer of arthritis can understand. When the sufferer can no longer stretch this limit, joint replacement surgery is the only hope.

   Facilities

  • Biopsy, either incisional or excisional
  • X-rays, CT scanning, MRI scanning, ultrasound and other radiological techniques:
  • Scintigraphy, Positron emission tomography and other methods of nuclear medicine.
  • Blood tests, including Tumor markers
  • Radiation therapy
  • Systemic therapy including chemotherapy

Other Specialities

More About Cancer & Oncology

What is cancer?

Each of the cells of the body have a tightly regulated system that controls their growth, maturity, reproduction and eventual death. Cancer begins when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. There are many kinds of cancer, but they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

How common is cancer?

Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. About one-half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.

How long has cancer existed for?

Some of the earliest evidence of cancer is found among fossilized bone tumors, human mummies in ancient Egypt, and ancient manuscripts. Abnormalities suggestive of the bone cancer called osteosarcoma have been seen in mummies.

Among manuscripts the first known description of cancer is seen in the Edwin Smith Papyrus and is a copy of part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It describes 8 cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were treated by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill. It dates back to about 3000 BC. The papyrus describes the condition as “incurable”.

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