The Medical Oncology department deals with systemic therapy including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy, palliative care and supportive care.
Chemotherapy drugs are used to destroy rapidly growing cancer cells. Sometimes it may slow the growth of cancer cells, and prevent them spreading to other parts of the body. It may also be used along with radiation to potentiate effect of radiation. It may also be used after surgery or radiation to destroy remnant cancer cells. It may also be used before surgery to shrink tumour to make complete clearance of tumour by surgery possible. At the centre, chemotherapy is given as an outpatient procedure at our specialised treatment areas and indoor chemotherapy, managed by a team of oncology-trained nurses who provide close monitoring.
It is use of monoclonal antibodies (or mAb) or tablets to specifically target cells with specific receptors on tumour. It has fewer side effects as compared to conventional chemotherapy.
Immunotherapy is a form of treatment which stimulates the body’s immune system to destroy cancer cells.