The department of medical oncology at Continental Hospitals offers evidence-based in treatment & care for all types of cancers. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, expert panel of doctors, and world class facilities, Continental Hospitals is one of the best hospitals in Hyderabad for cancer treatment.
Oncology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis & treatment of cancers. And medical oncology is one of the three oncology branches of cancer treatment and it employs clinical methods such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and other drugs for the treatment of cancers. Radiation oncology and surgical oncology are the other two specialties which use radiation and surgery, respectively, for cancer treatment.
Excellence in patient care & excellent patient outcomes, are the twin objectives of the department of medical oncology. Continental Hospitals has an unparalleled pedigree in the treatment of cancers with some of the best medical oncology specialists providing personalized and dedicated oncological care.
Diseases & Conditions
Department of medical oncology at Continental Hospitals provides comprehensive treatment & care for various cancers and related disorders as listed below:
- Blood Cancers
- Brain Tumors
- Prostate Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Head & Neck Cancer
- Abdominal Cancer
- Pelvic Cancer
- Oral Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastrointestinal Cancers
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Peritoneal Malignancies
The department of medical oncology at Continental Hospitals is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities for the early detection and diagnosis of all types of cancers. Diagnosis for cancers is performed with the help of various tests as given below:
- Nuclear medicine – This is an imaging technique that uses a small number of radiotracers injected into the bloodstream or swallowed or inhaled, and are then traced to detect the presence of cancerous cells in the body.
- Radiology – Imaging tests that are often employed for detecting cancers involve computed tomography (CT) scans, X-rays, ultrasound, mammogram, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans amongst others.
- Pathology – Pathology tests include analysis of blood, urine and other body fluids samples to check for tumor markers and detect the presence of cancerous cells in the body.
- Biopsy – A biopsy is a procedure wherein a small piece of tissue or a sample of cells is incised from the body for analysis. analyzed in a laboratory and helps ascertain if a tumor is either cancerous or benign.
- Endoscopy – An endoscopy allows a doctor to view the internal organs of the patient using a thin tube inserted into the oral cavity. This can be used for the screening of the GI tract and the abdominal cavity for tumors.
- Colposcopy – A colposcopy is a cervical cancer test, wherein a scope is used to examine the cervix and helps detect the presence of cancerous cells in the cervix.
The department of medical oncology at Continental Hospitals offers holistic in treatment & care for all types of cancers and cancer-related ailments. Our expert panel of specialists with decades of experience, state of the art infrastructure, and an unmatched pedigree in treatment of cancers, makes us one of the best hospitals for cancer treatment in Hyderabad.
Our highly skilled medical oncologists and dedicated staff remain steadfast in the treatment of all types of cancer using evidence-based medicine and globally established guidelines whilst taking into consideration the latest advances and internationally approved protocols to prescribe the best treatment possible.
Some of the key therapies & procedures offered at Continental Hospitals for advanced cancer care include:
- Biological or Targeted Therapies
It is the treatment of cancer using a certain group of drugs that arrest the spread of cancer by targeting the specific processes within the cells that abet uncontrolled growth. The type of targeted therapy depends on the kind and severity of the cancer being treated.
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment form wherein the drugs given to a patient kill the cancerous cells by preventing malignant cells from reproducing. Chemotherapy is often employed as a curative procedure for complete remission from cancer, or a palliative therapy if complete cure is not possible. Many times, it is also used in conjunction with other therapies for comprehensive cancer care.
Hormonal therapy is treatment of cancers using hormone replacement drugs to block or alter hormonal production thereby slowing down or stopping the growth of certain cancers. Hormonal therapy is primarily used in the treatment of breast cancers, prostate cancers, and endometrial cancers.
Immunotherapy is bolstering a patient’s own immune system to help him/her fight cancers. The drugs given to a patient under immunotherapy seek and fight cancer spreading cells by providing stimulus or boost to the immune cells.
Technology & Facilities
The department of medical oncology at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad is known as one of the best hospitals for cancer treatment. We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide excellent patient-experiences and improved patient-outcomes the for every single one of our patients.
Continental Hospitals has consistently set a benchmark for the highest standards of clinical care for cancer patients. Equipped with state-of-the-art operation theatres and advanced infrastructure to deliver excellence for every patient. We have expert panel of medical oncologists striving for excellent outcomes.
The facilities at Continental Hospitals for the treatment of cancers include:
- State-of-the-art Tru Beam STx Radiotherapy equipment
- Advanced radiology facilities for imaging
- Gamma camera
- World-class patient-facilities
At Continental Hospitals we have an expert team of medical oncology specialists providing evidence-based care for patient suffering from a wide range of liquid and solid organ cancers. With a cumulative experience of over 50 years and world-class expertise, our medical oncologists offer comprehensive and compassionate care for all types of cancers. Our focus is as much on preventive care as it is on interventional care and treatment.
Dr AVS Suresh
MBBS, MD, DM, PDCR
Sr Consultant - Medical Oncology & Hematology
Dr S K Gupta
M.B.B.S, M.D, D.M
HOD - Hematology & BMT
Dr Pradeep K Reddy
M.B.B.S, MD General Medicine, DM Medical Oncology, PDCR, ECMO
Consultant - Medical Oncology
What does a medical oncologist do?
A medical oncologist is an expert in the diagnosis & treatment of cancer using medication, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy. In a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment, a medical oncologist is the lead specialist planning and coordinating other treatment modalities for comprehensive cancer care.
What is the difference between hematology and medical oncology?
The primary difference between a medical oncology & hematology is their scope. Medical oncology has a much broader scope with treatment & care for all types of cancers, whereas, hematology is the specific branch of medicine concerned with blood-related cancers.
Can chemotherapy cure cancer?
Chemotherapy is a form of cancer treatment wherein drugs are used to kill cancer cells and prevent cancer recurrence. While, chemotherapy is one of the three main treatment forms in a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive cancer care, some patients based on their need may only be subjected to chemotherapy.
Is hormonal therapy painful?
Hormonal therapy for cancer treatment is used when cancers/tumors that use hormones in the body to grow and thrive. These include cancers of the prostate and breast. In many cases, hormonal therapy is used in conjunction with other cancer treatment forms such as surgery or radiation for comprehensive cancer cure. Joint pains, loss of bone density are some of the common side-effects of hormonal therapy.