Oncology is the study of cancer. A doctor who specializes in treating people with cancer is called an oncologist. In most situations, a clinical oncologist manages the care and treatment once a person is diagnosed with cancer.
Oncology at Medica includes:
- Surgical oncology
- Medical oncology
- Interventional oncology: invasive image guided tumour therapies
- Gynaecologic oncology
A medical oncologist specializes in treating cancer with chemotherapy (the use of drugs to kill cancer cells).
A surgical oncologist specializes in the surgical aspects of cancer, including a biopsy (the removal of a small amount of tissue for examination under a microscope) and surgically removing the cancer, the surrounding tissue, and sometimes, nearby lymph nodes (tiny, bean-shaped organs that help fight disease).
A radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation therapy (the use of high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells).
Treatments are available for:
- Oesophageal & stomach cancers
- Pancreas/Liver cancer
- Colon & rectal cancer (laparoscopic and open)
- Gynaecological cancers – uterine & cervical
- Cancers of the Kidney
- Urological cancers
- Brain & Spine malignancies
- ENT cancers
- Haematological cancers
Diagnostic methods include:
- X-rays, CT scanning, MRI scanning, PET scan, ultrasound
- Blood tests
General oncologists and specialists work in conjunction with the pain clinic specialists to deliver high-end care to cancer patients. Medica’s Pain Clinic is one of the few such clinics in the country which works dedicatedly to relieve pain and make patients more comfortable. The team also includes oncology nurses and social worker.