Oncology is the study of cancer. A doctor who specializes in treating individuals suffering from 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), surgically removing the cancer, the surrounding tissue, and sometimes, the nearby lymph nodes (tiny, bean-shaped organs that help fight diseases).
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 the following:
- Oesophageal and stomach cancers
- Pancreas/Liver cancer
- Colon and rectal cancer (laparoscopic and open)
- Gynaecological cancers – uterine and cervical
- Cancers of the kidney
- Urological cancers
- Brain and spine malignancies
- ENT cancers
- Haematological cancers
Diagnostic methods include
- X-rays, CT scan, MRI scan, PET scan, and 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 clinics in the country which works dedicatedly to relieve pain and make patients feel more comfortable. The team also includes specialized oncology nurses and social workers.