Medical Oncology is a method of treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. Medical oncology is often employed in combination with other treatment methodologies like surgical oncology or radiation oncology. A medical oncologist coordinates with other specialists and is often the main healthcare provider for someone who has cancer.
Cancer Clinics provides daycare medical oncology treatment with a unique patient-centric approach. Our panel of physicians consists of the top medical oncologists in India who also leverage the tumour board. A tumour board is a group of doctors of multiple specialities who come together to discuss every case and plan the next course of action. A tumour board approach improves the outcome of treatment by providing patients a seamless blend of multiple disciplines in oncology.
Our clinic is also uniquely designed to support medical oncology procedures in the most optimised and hassle-free manner. With the latest equipment and best protocols, we make it conducive for patients and caregivers to receive the best treatment at an affordable price.
Chemotherapy is a treatment option that uses drugs to kill cancer cells or to make them less active. Chemotherapy is usually suggested when the cancer cells have spread to a few different parts of the body and also for patients who had undergone surgery for cancer, to prevent relapse.
Chemotherapy is a cocktail of drugs administered in different ways:
- Intravenous (IV) - Chemotherapy goes directly into a vein, given as infusion.
- Intra-arterial (IA) - Chemotherapy goes directly into the artery that is feeding cancer.
- Intraperitoneal (IP) - Chemotherapy goes directly into the peritoneal cavity (the area that organs such as intestines, stomach, liver, and ovaries).
- Topical - Chemotherapy comes in a cream that you rub onto your skin.
- Oral - Chemotherapy comes in pills, capsules, or liquids that you swallow.
Targeted therapy is a treatment option that uses drugs or other substances that block the spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in the growth of cancer cells. These substances focus on molecular and cellular changes that are specific to cancer and therefore may be more effective than other types of treatment. They are also likely to be less harmful to normal cells than other forms of treatment like radiation and chemotherapy.
Targeted therapy is administered similarly to chemotherapy.
Immunotherapy, also known as biological therapy, is a broad category of treatment options that stimulate the body’s immune system to recognise and attack cancerous cells. In effect, it boosts the body’s immune system to fight cancer by using substances made by the body, or in a laboratory.
While patients undergoing chemotherapy and immunotherapy face side effects, we offer nutritional guidance to better manage these side effects.