Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly. But it can also harm healthy cells that divide quickly, such as those that line the mouth and intestines or cause hair to grow. Damage to healthy cells may cause side effects.
Often, side effects get better or go away after chemotherapy is over. This can be given before surgery or radiotherapy called neoadjuvant therapy or after called adjuvant chemotherapy. Chemotherapy may be used to destroy cancer cells that have come back (recurrent cancer) or spread to other parts of the body (metastatic cancer). Earlier there used to be less number of chemotherapy drugs but today we have several options of giving 1st, 2nd and 3rd line drugs. Low dose metronomic chemotherapy is also showing some promising results and could be used to treat the cancer as a chronic disease.
- Paediatric oncology
- Centre for breast health
- Preventive oncology
- Day care chemotherapy
- Patient counselling
- Integrative oncology
DEPARTMENT OF INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY
Department of integrative oncology at HCG embodies a comprehensive and sustainable model of holistic care that enhances the well-being of cancer patients at the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimension.
The aim is to develop, facilitate and establish comprehensive and holistic processes that:
- Positively enhances the quality of life of the person with the disease.
- Creates a social environment that reflects and sustains this approach.
Integrative oncology strives to incorporate patient-centred care to the ongoing cancer care programme at HCG through:
- Holistic assessment of the concerns of the person who has cancer.
- Reducing distress by management of symptoms like severe pain, breathlessness etc.
- Empowering the care providers through inputs that enhance clarity.
- Assuring competent, compassionate and continued care throughout.
- Enhancing the whole experience by nurturing factors that improve the patient's quality of life.
The services are provided through a 'Multidisciplinary team approach'. The team consists of palliative medicine specialists and specialist nurses, and liaison with a physician, psychiatrist, ENT surgeon, nutritionist, physiotherapist, specialists from the yoga therapy department and psycho-oncological services.