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Medical Oncology

Overview

Our Medical Oncology department is dedicated to providing advanced and comprehensive care for cancer patients. Our team of experienced medical oncologists specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various types of cancer. We offer a wide range of medical oncology treatments, including chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy. Our treatment plans are personalised and tailored to each patient’s specific needs and condition. We prioritise the well-being and comfort of our patients and work closely with them to ensure optimal treatment outcomes. Alongside medical interventions, we also provide supportive care services, including pain management, symptom control, and psychological support. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality of medical oncology treatment, improve survival rates, enhance the quality of life, and support patients and their families throughout their cancer journey.

Services

  • Management of various solid and haematological malignancies
  • High dose chemotherapy administration and toxicity
  • Specialised outpatient chemotherapy with chemo ports
  • Management of various types of Blood Cancers in all age groups
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Lumbar puncture and intrathecal chemotherapy administration
  • Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

Facilities

  • Daycare chemotherapy centre with specially trained nursing staff
  • Chemo pumps
  • Emergency care equipment

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FAQ’S

What is medical oncology?

Medical oncology is a specialized field of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of cancer using systemic therapies, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy. Medical oncologists work closely with other specialists to develop individualized treatment plans based on the type, stage, and characteristics of the cancer.

How do I know if I need to see a medical oncologist?

You may need to see a medical oncologist if you have been diagnosed with cancer or if you require systemic therapy as part of your cancer treatment. Medical oncologists play a crucial role in coordinating and administering various types of cancer treatments to help control, shrink, or eliminate cancerous tumors.

What should I expect during my first medical oncology appointment?

During your first medical oncology appointment, the oncologist will review your medical history, pathology reports, imaging results, and other relevant records. They will conduct a physical examination and discuss your diagnosis, treatment options, potential side effects, and the overall treatment plan. It is an opportunity to ask questions and address concerns.

 

What are the different types of systemic therapies used in medical oncology?

Medical oncologists use several systemic therapies, including chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy. Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs that kill or inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Targeted therapy focuses on specific molecular targets in cancer cells. Immunotherapy enhances the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Hormone therapy blocks or suppresses hormones that promote cancer growth.

Will I receive treatment from the medical oncologist alone?

The treatment plan for cancer often involves a multidisciplinary approach, with various specialists collaborating to provide comprehensive care. Depending on the type and stage of cancer, you may also receive treatment from surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and other healthcare professionals. The medical oncologist will coordinate your overall treatment plan.

What are the potential side effects of medical oncology treatments?

The potential side effects of medical oncology treatments can vary depending on the specific therapies used and individual factors. Common side effects may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, changes in appetite, weight fluctuations, skin changes, and an increased risk of infections. The medical oncologist will discuss potential side effects and provide strategies to manage them effectively.

How long will my medical oncology treatment last?

The duration of medical oncology treatment depends on several factors, such as the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, the treatment goals, and individual response to therapy. Some treatments may last for a few weeks, while others may continue for several months or longer. The medical oncologist will provide a specific treatment plan and discuss the expected duration with you.

Can I continue my normal activities during medical oncology treatment?

It depends on your overall health, the specific treatment regimen, and the side effects experienced. Some patients may continue their normal activities, while others may need to make temporary modifications or take breaks during treatment. The medical oncologist will provide guidance based on your individual situation and treatment plan.

Will I need regular follow-up visits during and after medical oncology treatment?

Yes, regular follow-up visits are important during and after medical oncology treatment. These visits allow the medical oncologist to monitor your response to treatment, assess any side effects or complications, and make adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary. The frequency of follow-up visits will be determined based on your specific case and treatment protocol.

Can medical oncology treatments cure cancer?

Medical oncology treatments aim to control, shrink, or eliminate cancerous tumors and achieve long-term remission. The potential for a cure depends on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, the aggressiveness of the disease, and individual response to treatment. The medical oncologist will discuss the treatment goals and expected outcomes specific to your case.

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