Oncology is the specialty of medicine dealing with the study of tumours, or cancerous growths, including its diagnosis, spread, treatment and prevention. An effective cancer management requires a multidisciplinary approach which necessitates collaboration with specialists from other medical fields such as neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, nephrology, urology, gastroenterology, and radiology and laboratory services. Oncology can broadly be divided into two sub-categories: Surgical Oncology and Medical Oncology. Surgical Oncology involves performing surgical procedures such as biopsy, staging and surgical resection of tumours. Medical Oncology deals with the treatment of cancer with the help of medicine. This includes methods such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and molecular & genetic profiling, targeted therapy and pain management. The Department of Oncology at Kingsway Hospitals provides superlative cancer care through its team of medical and surgical oncologists, who follow evidence-based treatment and international standards of healthcare. Through their rigorous and uncompromising adherence to clinical excellence and patient safety, they provide advanced cancer care and support to the patient and his/her family. Kingsway Hospitals is staffed with acclaimed oncologists and cancer specialists who provide a holistic cancer care, banking on their years of invaluable experience. We use both conventional therapies such as chemotherapy and newer techniques such as nuclear medicine and stem cell transplants. The Radiation Oncology team employs state-of-the-art radiation treatments such as Brachytherapy, Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and others to achieve the best possible outcomes. Recognizing the fact that children affected with cancer need special care, our Paediatric Oncology team offers comprehensive care to all the subsets of childhood cancer.
Oncology Services At Kingsway Hospitals
A wide range of treatments and procedures are available at Kingsway Hospitals for effective cancer management. Some of the notable ones are:
Bone Marrow Biopsy: This is a procedure used to collect the bone marrow located inside the bones and is used to diagnose bone and marrow diseases as well as some cancers.
Chemotherapy: This treatment involves using powerful chemicals or drugs to kill the fast-growing cancer cells in the body.
Cryotherapy: This is a minimally invasive procedure which freezes the prostate tissue resulting in the death of cancer cells and is sometimes used as an alternative to prostatectomy (removal of prostate gland).
Lumpectomy: In this treatment, the “lump” or the breast tumor and some of the normal tissue surrounding it is removed.
Mastectomy: This is the removal of the entire breast as a way to prevent or treat breast cancer.
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: It delivers a single, large dose of radiation to a specific region in the brain with surgical precision in order to stop the reproduction of cancer cells. The advantage of this method is that the absence of incision removes the risk of bleeding and infection and also results in reduced side effects.
Colectomy: Also known as a bowel resection, this surgery removes part of or the entire colon and is used to treat conditions such as bowel obstruction, colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative colitis and others.
Brachytherapy: This involves injecting radioactive material directly into the body and has fewer side-effects compared to external beam radiation. This method is used to treat many types of cancers including eye cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, brain cancer and many others.
Tomotherapy: It is a form of IMRT which is used to treat multiple metastases simultaneously, besides treating lung, breast and prostate cancers.