The Institute aims to provide a state of the art oncology services with a formidable combination of expertise, technology, innovation and exceptional patient care.
In our institute all patients seeking cancer treatment undergo a multidisciplinary tumour board involving medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, pain and palliative medicine and psycho-oncology; to formulate a comprehensive management plan for the given patient.
The patient who is planned for systemic therapy (chemotherapy, targeted therapy & immunotherapy or a combination of them) undergo a detailed assessment and counselling regarding their diagnosis, treatment plan, overall prognosis, expected outcomes and anticipated side effects and complications; Dedicated clinical pharmacists explain patients and their caretakers regarding the planned chemotherapy protocols, its specific toxicities etc.
We have some of the best specialists from around the world, they bring years of experience and offer evidence-based treatment to ensure the best care for you.
We provide comprehensive treatment for all types diseases under one roof. Our highly experienced doctors supported by especially trained clinical staff, ensure the best care for you.
Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.
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Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.
What is Medical Oncology?
Medical Oncology is a type of cancer care that uses different types of therapies such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant tumors. This type of treatment works effectively when combined with other types of cancer therapies such as radiation and surgical oncology.
What are the different types of treatments used under medical oncology?
There are different types of treatments used in medical oncology. These include -
Chemotherapy - This involves using different types of drugs for cancer treatment that work towards stopping or slowing down their growth. This type of therapy is generally used to treat recurrent or metastatic cancers (cancer cells that spread to other parts of the body). Chemotherapy drugs are usually administered orally, intravenously or injected directly into the fluid surrounding the brain or the abdominal cavity.
Hormone Therapy - Hormone-dependent or hormone-sensitive cancers are treated using this therapy. Hormone cancers usually use hormones for their growth. Cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers are typical examples of hormone cancers. Therefore, hormone therapy uses medicines to stop or decrease the production of hormones in the body and stops the growth of cancer cells.
Targeted Therapy - This is an advanced cancer treatment that uses drugs to target the specific proteins and genes related to cancer growth. These drugs stop or restrict the spread of cancer cells inside the body.
Immunotherapy - It is an innovative medical oncological procedure that uses the body’s immune cells to restrict the growth of cancer cells. In this procedure, the body’s immune mechanism is activated to destroy the infected cells and improve the functioning of the immune system.
What is chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs or medications to destroy cancer cells. It is one of the main types of cancer treatment.
Is chemotherapy painful?
No, chemotherapy is usually not painful. However, some people may experience side effects, such as nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite.
What should I expect during chemotherapy?
During chemotherapy, you may experience side effects such as loss of appetite, fatigue, and nausea. You may also experience other side effects, such as hair loss, mouth sores, and skin changes.
How often will I have chemotherapy treatments?
The frequency of chemotherapy treatments varies depending on the type of cancer and other factors. Generally, chemotherapy treatments are given every 2 to 3 weeks.
What can I do to manage the side effects of chemotherapy?
There are several ways to manage the side effects of chemotherapy. These include keeping a regular schedule for eating, getting plenty of rest, and avoiding fatiguing activities.
What are the long-term effects of chemotherapy?
The long-term effects of chemotherapy vary depending on the type of cancer, the individual, and other factors. Possible long-term effects include fatigue, cognitive changes, nerve damage, and organ damage.
How will chemotherapy affect my daily life?
Chemotherapy can affect your daily life in several ways. For example, you may experience fatigue, nausea, and other side effects. You may also find it challenging to work or take part in activities you used to enjoy.
What are the different types of tumours that are treated under medical oncology?
Majorly two types of tumours are treated under medical oncology. These include malignant and benign tumours. While malignant tumours are cancerous, benign tumours are harmless and do not spread to the other parts of the body. These tumours continue to grow until their progress is stopped using different types of treatments such as medical oncology, surgical procedures, and radiation therapy.
What is the role of a medical oncologist?
A medical oncologist is usually a doctor who provides treatment and medical care to a person diagnosed with cancer using chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. These doctors are involved in patient care and management throughout the course of the disease. The role of a medical oncologist also includes -
- Explaining the procedure of diagnosis, available treatment and the stages of cancer.
- Ensuring compassion and quality care.
- Assisting patients in managing the symptoms and the side effects of cancer and its treatment.
Are there different types of chemotherapy?
Yes, there are several different types of chemotherapy. These include targeted therapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, combination therapy, and monoclonal antibody therapy.
How long does chemotherapy take?
The length of treatment depends on the type of cancer, the type of chemotherapy, and other factors. Generally, the length of chemotherapy ranges from a few weeks to several months.
What should I do if I experience side effects from chemotherapy?
It is essential to talk to your doctor about any side effects you may experience during chemotherapy. Depending on the type and severity of the side effects, your doctor may be able to recommend ways to minimize or manage them.
How is chemotherapy administered?
Chemotherapy is usually administered intravenously, through a vein, but it is often also administered orally (in pill form) and sometimes applied topically or injected directly into the tumour or affected organ.?
Should I be worried about becoming resistant to chemotherapy?
There is no reason to be concerned about becoming resistant to chemotherapy. Cancer cells can become resistant to chemotherapy, but it is very rare.
Is chemotherapy safe?
Yes, chemotherapy is a safe and effective form of cancer treatment. However, as with any treatment, chemotherapy has potential risks and side effects.
Is there a way to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy?
Yes, there are several strategies to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Your healthcare provider can discuss these strategies with you. These may include lifestyle modifications, counselling, and other treatments.
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