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Surgical Oncology

The Centre for Excellence in Blood Diseases, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Cancer Immunotherapy at Meitra Hospital provides surgical care for all types of cancers in the dedicated sub-specialty known as Surgical Oncology. 

Our expert oncosurgeons, medical oncologists, and doctors are highly skilled to perform advanced procedures to treat various stages of cancer effectively and successfully. They take the time to discuss with each patient the diagnosis and treatment options available to them. The team works closely with nutritionists and rehabilitation therapists to manage patients post-operatively.

There are many reasons someone with or suspected of having cancer may undergo surgery. Surgical oncology may be used to:

  • Diagnose cancer (diagnostic surgery or biopsy)
  • Remove a tumor or a portion of cancer (curative or debulking surgery)
  • Determine where the cancer is located, whether it has spread, and whether it is affecting the functions of other organs (staging surgery)
  • Remove body tissue that may become cancerous (preventive surgery)
  • Support other types of treatment, such as installing an infusion port (supportive surgery)
  • Restore the body's appearance or function (reconstructive surgery)
  • Relieve side effects (palliative surgery)

Our surgical oncology team helps you understand your procedure, and we partner with you to plan, navigate and heal from cancer surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a surgical oncologist give chemotherapy?

Surgical oncologists prescribe chemotherapeutic drugs in some institutions whereas, in others, medical oncologists prescribe these medications.

How is cancer staged and diagnosed?

The surgical oncologist has principal access to cancer patients and primary responsibility for establishing the diagnosis and staging of cancer. Investigations include blood tests and biopsy. 

What are some common post-operative discomforts?

Common postoperative discomforts are the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting from general anaesthesia
  • Sore throat (caused by the tube placed in the windpipe for breathing during surgery)
  • Soreness, pain, and swelling around the incision site
  • Restlessness and sleeplessness
  • Thirst
  • Constipation and gas (flatulence)