Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology - Columbia Asia India

The department of oncology at Columbia Asia Hospitals offers integrated cancer care through a team of medical and surgical oncologists, who work with virtually all specialists to diagnose and treat cancers. The standards of care provided is excellent in terms of clinical abilities and delivered with compassion towards the patient and family. Evidence based medicine and international protocols are the norms for care offered by our team, who undergo periodic skill upgradation training. Nurses and other paramedical staff are specially trained in handling cancer patients. Counselling and family support services are also offered, as a diagnosis of cancer can be devastating for families.

Services

Medical oncology

  • Diagnosis and staging of cancers
  • Diagnosis and management of blood cancers
  • Chemotherapy and medical management of cancers with latest drugs
  • Treatment of side effects of chemotherapy
  • Pain management
  • Palliative care for advanced cancers

Specialised oncology services

  • Gynec-oncology focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system
  • Pediatric oncology focuses on cancers of children
  • Hepato-biliary cancers including liver transplant
  • Urological cancers

Surgical oncology

  • Head and neck tumors
  • Thoracic tumors including lung, pleural, pericardia and mediastinal cancers
  • Breast tumors
  • Gastro-intestinal tumors
  • Genitourinary tract tumors
  • Bone and soft tissue tumors
  • Gynecological tumors

Screening for cancers

  • Is available for some type of cancers
  • Can diagnose cancers before symptoms appear
  • Can differentiate between benign and malignant tumors
  • Is done for those who are at high risk for some cancers

Types of screening

  • Colonoscopy for colo-rectal cancers
  • Mammography for breast cancers
  • Pap test for cervical cancers
  • PSA for prostatic cancers, although there are varying opinions on the utility of this

Palliative care

Sometimes, cancer may have progressed rapidly despite treatment and patient has symptoms which are unbearable. The aim of palliation is to make as painless sand symptom free as possible. Treatment is aimed at preserving dignity of the patient and assisting with end of life care. Multi-disciplinary care including pain management is usually given.