The Department of Oncology at the CK Birla Hospital for Women has expert oncologists of international repute covering Medical Oncology & Haematology and Surgical Oncology disciplines who provide specialised oncology care to cancer patients.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death. The five most common cancers in men are head & neck, lung, stomach, colorectal and oesophagus. In women the top five cancers are breast, cervical, head & neck, lung and gastric. It is important to know that survival rate is improving for many cancers with advancement in screening and treatment protocols.
At the CK Birla Hospital for Women, our treatment approach is oriented to give you not only the best chance for survival but also the best quality of life possible. Cancer diagnosis and treatment at the CK Birla Hospital for Women involves a multi-disciplinary team of experts in medical oncology & haematology and surgical oncology who draw up individualised treatment plans for every patient, working with physicians, pathologists, radiologists, haematologist, nutritionists, palliative care providers and physiotherapists to treat cancer most effectively and manage any side effects. Our Oncology care team is here to talk to you about your treatment options, any associated risks and the expected outcomes so that you can decide on what works best for you.
At the CK Birla Hospital for Women, we pay special attention to ensure that the patient gets individualised care in a convenient, comfortable and clean environment thus offering efficiency, quality, calm and minimal chance of hospital-acquired infection.
The Medical Oncology and Haematology division use drug treatments to prevent, diagnose and treat every stage of cancer affecting organs, muscles and bones as well as cancers of the blood and lymphatic system (Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma).
Our Surgical Oncology division comprises of onco-surgeons with an organ-specific focus including Breast Oncology, Head and Neck Oncology, Gastrointestinal Oncology and Gynae Oncology.
Medical Oncology & Haematology
The Medical oncology team at the CK Birla Hospital for Women specialises in managing drug treatments like Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Hormonal Therapy, Biological Therapy and Targeted Therapy for preventing, diagnosing and treating every stage of cancer affecting the organs, muscles and bones. We offer the highest levels of treatment protocols based on the latest scientific and technological advancements.
Our endeavour is to provide Chemotherapy or any other drug therapy that helps in fighting cancer in a state-of-the-art infection controlled, comfortable, warm and cheerful environment with specially trained and compassionate nursing staff and to manage any side-effects effectively, making the patient experience more comfortable.
Our medical oncology services include outpatient chemotherapy with chemoports and haematological neoplasm and treatments for solid tumours.
Chemotherapy: A drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in the body.
It can be used in the following conditions:
- As the sole method of treating cancer
- As an Adjuvant therapy – after other treatments, such as surgery, to kill any cancer cells that remain in the body
- As Neoadjuvant therapy – shrink a tumour so that other treatments like surgery or radiation are possible
- Pallative Chemotherapy – to treat any signs and symptoms of cancer by killing cancer cells
Chemotherapy may be given as tablets or by injection or an infusion (which is referred to as a drip) into the vein.
Chemotherapy can also have side effects like harming and dividing healthy cells. Some chemotherapy side effects are mild and treatable, while others can cause more complications. However, normal cells tend to re-grow and heal quickly, so the damage to the normal cells is only temporary. We advise our patients, so they know what to expect and how best to handle them.
Immunotherapy: Also called Immuno-Oncology, it uses the body's own immune system to fight against tumours. This treatment method enhances the body's immune system so that it can destroy the cancerous cells.
Hormone Therapy is a treatment that adds, blocks or removes hormones to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. Hormone therapy helps in treating prostate and breast cancers that use hormones to grow. It makes the tumour smaller before radiation or surgery therapy. It helps lower the risk for cancer coming back after the main treatment. It also destroys the cancer cells that have come back or spread to other part of your body.
Targeted Therapy: This helps in stopping the cancer from growing and spreading to other organs. The drugs target specific proteins and genes which are found in cancerous cells.
Our Surgical Oncology is responsible for the care of patients requiring operative intervention for the treatment of cancer.
The Surgical Oncology team at the CK Birla Hospital for Women comprises of experienced surgeons who use the latest surgical techniques to provide treatment of cancer. They perform the full range of cancer surgeries, organ preservation and reconstructive procedures.
Our surgeons work closely with our medical oncologists, pathologists, and other specialists to use the most appropriate procedure at the right time and in combination with the right additional therapies to minimise the cancer coming back and to reduce your risk of complications that can impair your health and normal bodily functions.
Our team has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating cancers such as:
- Head and neck cancers – deals with a wide range of tumours that can develop in areas of the head and neck, including the mouth, throat, larynx, oesophagus, nasal cavity, sinuses, thyroid, parathyroid and salivary glands.
- Breast cancers – Breast cancer surgery removes malignant growths in one or both breasts.
- Gastrointestinal cancers – The surgical oncology team addresses stomach, colon and colorectal cancers that involve tumours in the rectum or large intestine.
- Gynaecological cancers – Gynaecologic surgery refers to procedures that remove tumours associated with ovarian, cervical, endometrial and uterine cancer.
The team's endeavour is to improve survival, shorten recovery times and minimise treatment-related side effects. As far as possible our surgeons use minimally invasive laparoscopic and computer aided techniques to lessen the impact of surgery on patients.