There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and death.
Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Center is recognized as one of the pioneering Center for Radio-Guided Surgery in the country. The Center has highly specialized and qualified team of Oncosurgeons who believe in optimum tumor control with maximum preservation of tissues and its function, thereby boosting the confidence and improving the quality of life.
Multi-disciplinary Tumor Board Meetings are held regularly where in difficult cases arediscussed among all the Oncologists and other related Specialists to arrive at the best possible treatment options for the patient.
The medical oncology team provides treatment with chemotherapy, biological therapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapy for various cancers. These not only have a very important role to play in curing early stage cancers, but also are important in advanced cancers for improving the duration of survival with a good quality of life.
Systemic therapy in the form of Cytotoxic (anti-cancer drugs)forms an important sub-division of the cancer treatment. In the recent years, It has enabled cure to many childhood solid tumors, testicular andovarian cancers, breast cancer, colon cancer and hitherto, fatal bone tumors. Chemotherapy is the only modality used to cure haematologic malignanciessuch as Leukemia, Lymphomas.
In the recent years, there are many new targeted therapies that have improved results in the treatment of cancers. These new medicinesare called Biological Therapies that act predominantly on cancer cells and have minimal side effects. They have significantly improved cure and survival inpatients of lymphomas, breast cancer, colon and rectal cancers and head andneck tumors.
Manipal Hospital is one of the few centers in India that provides ClinicalHaematology services including Anaemia, Bone Marrow Failure, Clotting and Bleeding Disorders likeThrombocytopenia including ITP, Haemophilia other coagulation disorders and Arterial and Venous Thrombosis. It also deals with malignant diseases (BloodCancers) like Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma.
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant
Bone Marrow Transplant at Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Center facilitates autologous and allogenic Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT). Application of Bone Marrow Transplant is in wide variety of diseases, which include malignant diseases like Leukemia (both acute and chronic), Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Lymphomas, Neuroblastoma and other solid tumors as well as in nonmalignant diseases like Thalassemia, Aplastic Anaemia, Immunodeficiencies,Inborn errors of metabolism and Autoimmune disorders.
The transplant team includes experienced Medical Oncologists and Clinical Haematologists. Thehospital has a tie-up with University of Minnesota Physicians for the BMT program,which helps in maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice. BMT program has been active since 2004 with high success rate. There are dedicated HEPA filtered rooms for BMT with a team of trained nurses for round the clock care.
Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology wing consists ofa highly qualified and experienced team of Radiation Oncologists, MedicalPhysicists and Technologists, backed by new generation, state-of-the-art equipments capable of delivering precise doses of radiation accurately to the tumor with minimum damage to normal tissues. The Department is one of the leading centers in the field of Brachytherapy in the country and is amongst very few offering this therapy for prostate cancer patients. It was the first center in Karnataka to startIntensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a special kind of treatment, which focuses radiation to the tumor area while pushing it away from the normal tissues,thus minimizing side effects. This Department also offers some unique therapies like fiducial marker based Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and AdaptiveRadiation Therapy (ART) mainly for prostate cancer patients. Very few centers in this country currently offer these extremely accurate and targeted types of radiation therapy.