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CANCER SURGERY

Surgical Oncology is the super specialty, which deals with the treatment of solid organ cancers. By solid organ we mean tumours of organs such as the breast, stomach, lungs etc., as distinct from Haematolymphoid cancers, which are cancers of the lymphatic structures or blood elements [e.g. leukemias]. Surgical oncology is the most important component of treatment of solid organ cancers, and without it cure is usually not a realistic possibility.

In early stages of several cancers, such as colon cancers or mouth cancers, surgery alone may suffice for cure. In more advanced stages, chemotherapy and or radiation, may be needed before or after surgery to achieve an optimal result.

Surgical oncology also provides surgical support to the other divisions of cancer medicine - medical and radiation oncology, which may consist of diagnostic procedures such as biopsies and endoscopies, placement of implantable devices [chemoports] for administering chemotherapy or treatment of complications requiring a surgical intervention, while on therapy. Palliation of symptoms such as breathing difficulty due to throat or voice box tumours, relief of distress due to fluid accumulations in the body and obstruction of the intestine or stomach are all dealt with by the surgical oncologist.

The oncosurgeon works in close conjunction with the medical and radiation oncologists to ensure the optimal outcome for the patient.

Our Surgical oncology team offers treatment for a vast spectrum of cancers, using conventional open surgery and keyhole [laparoscopic surgery] approaches, which are listed below. We also offer Robotic surgery for a variety of cancers - and are one of very few groups who are trained to do this in India.

The following is a list of tumours we treat:

  • Head and neck tumours - mouth, throat, voice box, salivary gland and thyroid cancers
  • Chest cancers - esophageal [food pipe] and lung cancers
  • Gastrointestinal cancers - Stomach, large and small bowel, liver, gall bladder and pancreatic cancers
  • Genitourinary tumours: Kidney, adrenal and bladder cancers.
  • Gynaecological cancers: affecting the ovaries, uterus, cervix and external genitalia
  • Sarcomas [tumours of the muscles, nerves and bones] and skin cancers.

We have a full-fledged setup, with a dedicated team of surgeons, trained oncology nurses, state of the art operation theatres, superb intensive care units and excellent support from advanced radiology and pathology services