Medical Oncology is one of the three pillars of cancer treatment along with surgery and radiotherapy. It deals with treatment of cancer using drugs which kill cancer cells. Aims of the treatment include cure, prolongation of life, relief of symptoms and providing good quality of life, depending on the extent of disease at presentation. Recent years have seen the advent of several new chemotherapy drugs and also targeted therapy to help achieve the above-mentioned aims.
Medical Oncology involves treating cancer using the following drugs:
- Chemotherapy: These are drugs which kill cancer cells or stop their growth. However, they also act on normal body cells, thus leading to side effects.
- Targeted Therapy: These drugs target cancer cells specifically, sparing normal cells, thus limiting side effects.
- Hormonal Therapy: This involves use of hormonal agents for prevention and treatment of certain cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
The department has been set-up with an aim to provide state-of-the-art, safe and effective treatment in a clean environment. We plan to target all aspects of the patient illness with a multi-disciplinary approach involving a team of medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, radiation oncologist and support services like preventive oncology, palliative care clinic, counselling and rehabilitation. Chemotherapy and targeted therapy is provided, both, as inpatient and outpatient facilities.
- 30 bedded chemotherapy day care unit located on the 7th floor in the Centre for Cancer.
- Chemotherapy specialist nurses trained in the administration and monitoring of chemotherapy.
- Counsellor to deal with the psychosocial aspects of cancer.
- Specialists in giving supportive care to terminally ill cancer patients.
- Cable television facility for entertainment during chemotherapy administration.
- Saloon, where patients on chemotherapy with hair loss can get wigs made.
We have a dedicated day care unit for patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy. This is manned by our chemotherapy specialist nurses. Apart from giving chemotherapy and targeted therapy, we also administer supportive treatment like blood transfusion, platelet transfusion, growth factor support and intravenous fluids in the day care unit. It has a procedure room for performing routine medical procedures such as lumbar puncture, pleural fluid drainage, ascitic fluid drainage, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. There is a separate pharmacy room for proper handling and preparation of chemotherapy drugs. The day care unit is equipped with cable television facility for entertainment during chemotherapy administration.
At Kokilaben Hospital, chemotherapy is administered by chemotherapy specialist nurses. These nurses are specifically trained for delivering chemotherapy safely and effectively. They also provide services such as health education, counselling and emotional support for our patients and their careers.
Counselling of cancer patients is an important part of Medical Oncology practice. It helps patients deal with stress, which is often associated with cancer. We have a dedicated counsellor / social worker who will provide our patients with the following services –
- Counselling of cancer patients
- Counselling of patient relatives and caregivers
- Help with rail / air concession for outstation patients
- Help with medical aid for patients who can’t afford to get it
- Help with arranging accommodation for outstation patients and their caregivers during treatment