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Cancer Care at Fortis Hospital Bangalore

Cancer need no longer be feared.  In the right hands, it can be treated safely with minimal or no side effects. And no one understands cancer and its treatment best, than our expert oncology team of leading oncologists and cancer specialists in Bangalore who have trained extensively in the US, UK and India.

 

Fortis has been at the forefront of Cardiac Sciences, Bone & Joint Care, Gastro Care, Kidney & Urology Care, Brain & Spine Care for the last 26 years. And now is expanding its services to the people of Bengaluru in comprehensive cancer prevention and care through a dedicated 200 bedded Oncology unit located at Bannerghatta Road shortly.

 

We were the first to start TORS (trans oral robotic surgery) in Bangalore. We were also one of the first to start performing minimally invasive neck dissection, scar-less endoscopic thyroidectomy, and video endoscopic inguinal lymphadenectomy in India, making our highly skilled doctors the pioneers of excellent cancer treatment methods in India.

 

Harnessing the power of cutting-edge medical technology and their experience, our globally acclaimed oncologists and cancer specialists, provide holistic cancer care through high precision diagnosis, and advanced medical and surgical treatment techniques, making Fortis Hospitals Bangalore the best cancer hospital in Bangalore and in the country.

 

Whether it is a tumour or a hematological malignancy, in an early or advanced stage, oncology care at Fortis Hospitals Bangalore involves end to end cancer care solutions including prevention, rehabilitation and crucial support programs for cancer survivors to live a cancer-free life ahead.

 

At the root of all this, is our strong belief that expert care with compassion, wins the battle.

Fortis Cancer Institute – The leading Cancer Care Hospital in Bangalore

What makes Fortis Hospitals the best cancer hospital in Bangalore is its dedicated Cancer Institute that has been especially created for the sole purpose of imparting the most technologically advanced cancer treatment methods, in an environment of complete and compassionate care.

 

This exclusive cancer treatment centre provides integrated and personalised evidence-based care with the best interest of the patient in mind. The essence of this holistic approach is in including all aspects of care such as the physical, psychological, spiritual and social dimensions.

 

All this is possible because the dedicated Cancer Institute boasts of, the best team of leading oncologists and cancer specialists in Bangalore, and is equipped with the latest in medical and surgical technology.

 

This expert team administers their high precision prowess in the state of the art Laparoscopy Oncology Theatre supported with the latest Robotic technology.

 

The Cancer Institute is equipped with comprehensive and dedicated services that include:

 

  • Pain & Palliative Medicine
  • Integrative Oncology
  • Survivorship Program
  • Preventive Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Haematology

 

Pain & Palliative Medicine

Pain in cancer, involves both the physical and the psychological. While the threshold of pain is different for each person, cancer patients and their care-givers, need immense support in its management.

 

A patient diagnosed with cancer is riddled with the fear of physical pain that often accompanies the disease. It can also wreak havoc with the patient’s emotional balance leading to anxiety, fear, despair, sadness, mental isolation, etc.

 

This is where pain management specialists at Fortis’ Pain and Palliative Medicine department step in to make the treatment process relatively pain-free.  They counsel the patient and the caregivers on how to handle the pain of cancer and the accompanying mental trauma. The Pain and Palliative Medicine team seeks to relieve pain through a systematic yet simple, predetermined program that follows minimal use of pain relieving drugs, hence avoiding side-effects, as well as non-drug treatments. The aim, after all, is to allow the patient to lead a normal routine all through the treatment process, without compromising on the quality of life.

Integrative Oncology

Integrative oncology focuses on the inter-connection between the cancer and the biochemical areas within the body that it lives and grows on. Hence, this mode of cancer treatment involves the combination of the best of modern medicine and natural, evidence-based alternative therapies to best relieve pain and stem the cancer in its growth path. This integrative approach includes all aspects of treatment from a nutritious diet, right exercise, stress busting techniques such as meditation, right breathing, music therapy, etc, in a targeted approach to not only reduce pain and inflammation but also to boost emotional health.

Survivorship Program

There is life after cancer; Fortis’ unique Survivorship Program believes this and helps cancer survivors to reclaim their life after their ordeal. Under this hand-holding program, adult cancer patients who are diagnosed early and go through the initial treatment process, are monitored and supported even after they are declared cancer-free. This support system helps them cope with a normal routine, manage their diet and nutrition, and generally help them in their recovery to prevent any possibility of a relapse.

 

The recurrence risk assessment program which has been put in place to undertake systematic surveillance and screening for recurrence or secondary cancer, involves early diagnosis and treatment initiation, if it ever happens.

Preventive Oncology

Cancer can be prevented, as is evident from the numerous studies of lifestyle and dietary habits of people all over the world.  The increase in cancer cases globally also reveals the toxic effects of the environment on our health. There is another segment of those with a family history of cancer who come under the hereditary risk factors.

 

However, doctors at Fortis believe there is hope yet and lifestyle modifications in tandem with healthy food habits can prevent the growth of cancer cells in our body.

 

With the chief objective of preventing the development and progression of cancer and promoting early detection in high risk groups, the Preventive Oncology services was established at Fortis Cancer Institute. Besides educating and instilling in people the significance of cancer prevention through nutrition and lifestyle orientation workshops and lectures on tobacco and alcohol use, the department of Preventive Oncology also conducts regular screening for :

 

  • Risk assessment
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Risk Reduction Strategy that includes Chemoprevention for breast cancer, prophylactic surgery in BRAC or those with genetic risk of breast cancer, tobacco cessation program, and dietary and lifestyle modifications

 

Preventive Oncology Services also include comprehensive cancer screening for Breast cancer, Lung cancer, Colorectal cancer, Prostate cancer, Mouth cancer, Skin cancer, Cervical cancer, etc.

 

Screening is also done for cancer survivors to detect the probability of secondary cancers.

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology involves the diagnosis, management, and treatment of cancer with chemotherapy and other medications that include targeted therapy.

 

From the moment a patient is diagnosed with a tumour or malignancy, in any stage of growth, Fortis’ dedicated Tumour Board of celebrated oncologists, radiologists, haemotologists, pain and palliative care specialists, physiotherapists, counselors, etc from various specialities, put in their expertise together to discuss the best mode of treatment and holistic care.

 

Since each patient’s condition is different from one another, the doctors counsel the patient and family members on the optimal treatment customized personally for the patient. This personalized approach at the Fortis Cancer Institute involves a combination of chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy most effective in the treatment process and with the patient’s comfort being the priority.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine has revolutionised the world of oncology. This is an advanced diagnostic process involving high precision imaging of the cancer-afflicted areas of the body. In cancer detection and diagnosis, the nuclear medicine specialist at Fortis introduces carefully selected small doses of radiopharmaceuticals into targeted areas of the body. This targeted therapy has proved to be highly effective in treating cancer by destroying only those marked cancer cells in the organs with minimal or no damage to the surrounding organs. The imaging helps our oncologists to view the precise location of the diseased tissue and plan the treatment accordingly. In Nuclear scintigraphy, this two-dimensional (2D) method involves the use of small, tracer amounts of radioactive molecules to diagnose diseases that involve the bones, tissues and blood vessels. At Fortis Cancer Institute, the highly competent nuclear medical team has successfully treated cancers of the thyroid and bone as well as heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders.

Radiation Oncology

Along with medical and surgical oncology, radiation oncology is another potent weapon for oncologists at Fortis Cancer Institute in the elimination of cancer cells. This advanced method is used by radiation oncologists to destroy the malignant tumours and preserve healthy tissues.

 

The contemporary technology uses three dimensional (3D) imaging of the cancerous area to allow the experts to precisely locate the tumour. A high beam of radiation is directed at the malignant portion of the organ to instantly kill the cancerous growth.

 

Another method called brachytherapy uses the process of placing radioactive materials within and around the tumours to eliminate the diseased cells.

Caring hands – Expert team of leading Oncologists & Cancer Specialists in Bangalore

With their multidisciplinary and methodical approach to cancer treatment, the erudite oncology team at Fortis Cancer Institute aims at restoring the best quality of life for patients, during the treatment stages and the recovery phase. It is their collective endeavours that ensure each patient gets the best treatment available in a safe, caring environment.

 

Their dedicated prowess in laparoscopic and robotic surgery makes them the most experienced team in medical and surgical oncology.

Surgical Oncology – when safe surgery is surety in cancer treatment

Surgery is one of the safest treatment methods in cancer care. With advanced technological instruments aiding surgeons today, the surgical means is a sure way of achieving the best outcomes in combating cancerous tumours. In most advanced cancers, it is the first line of treatment to eliminate the tumour and stem the spread to other organs.

 

Fortis Cancer Institute’s team of leading oncologists and cancer specialists are specially skilled and accomplished in this specialized branch of cancer treatment. As this involves synchronized efforts of all specialists, the dedicated Tumour Board of pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists and surgical oncologists comes together to discuss the best line of surgical treatment that suits the patient. Since each patient’s condition is different from the other, the specialists assess and plan an individualised approach to the treatment and healing process.

 

Armed with the trusted finesse to handle high precision robotic surgical techniques and minimally invasive oncology surgeries to eliminate the smallest of cancerous tumours, our oncology surgeons adopt the most advanced and safest procedures involving tiny incisions for minimum scars. This revolutionary procedure allows the patient to return to normal life in the shortest time with least pain.

 

Surgical oncology includes the surgical elimination of cancers of the breast, head and neck, face, thyroid, stomach and intestines, prostate, uterus, etc.

Bone Marrow Transplant

The bone marrow is a soft tissue that contains the vital stem cells that produces our blood cells. During the cancer treatment process, high doses of radiation and chemotherapy are administered to destroy the cancer-causing cells in the patient.  However, sometimes, the doses may affect or destroy the blood cells in the bone marrow, requiring them to be replaced with healthy bone marrow. A bone marrow transplant surgery fulfills this need by introducing healthy donor stem cells to replace the damaged blood cells, and promote the growth of new bone marrow tissues.

 

The team of oncologists at Fortis Cancer Institute is immensely proficient in conducting bone marrow transplant surgery in the treatment of life-threatening blood cancers such as leukemia, and non-cancers that include aplastic anaemia which result in bone marrow dysfunction and destruction. The highly specialized team also includes a medical oncologist, clinical haematologist and other qualified doctors from allied specialties and trained nurses. The Institute is equipped with state of the art HEPA filtered room, ICU, Blood bank and radiology services to provide comprehensive care during the bone marrow transplant.

Breast Cancer

This common cancer in women gets the safest treatment in the most competent hands at Fortis Cancer Institute. Equipped with the best of breast specialists in Bangalore whose aim is to avoid mastectomy and preserve the breast, the Institute boasts of highly specialized treatment of breast cancer in its various stages. Because breast cancers are of different types, it needs extremely proficient breast specialists to deal with each specific type. The two common treatment methods of radiation and chemotherapy are usually used in combination. Depending on the extent to how the cancer has affected the breast, oncologists evaluate the best treatment modes that can conserve the breast and only involves the partial removal of the affected part. This level of treatment excellence administered at Fortis Cancer Institute’s dedicated unit, spells optimal care with the promise of quick recovery, breast preservation and reconstruction, restoring self-esteem in patients.

Craniomaxillofacial Surgery

The cancerous tumours that damage the tissues and parts of the skull, face and jaw need extremely precise and skilled treatment and surgical prowess. For those with consistently recurring tumours, oncology surgeons often recommend craniofacial resection and reconstruction. This high precision surgery is the only way surgeons can salvage and restore a patient’s craniofacial organs that have disfigured the face. The accomplished multi-disciplinary team of head and neck onco-surgeon, reconstructive surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, prosthodontist, and speech and swallowing specialists at Fortis Cancer Institute employs the use of specialized and personalised implants to reconstruct the damaged parts of the head, face and jaws. This not only succeeds in restoring the organs, but also the patient’s confidence to face a better life ahead.

Head & Neck Oncology

This type of cancer, mostly caused by smoking, affects the mouth, ears, nose, sinuses, throat, and the lymph nodes causing extreme pain and discomfort to patients.  When diagnosed early, head and neck cancers are treatable and curable. The team of the best oncologists and cancer specialists at Fortis Cancer Institute apply their skill and dexterity in treating this cancer with a combination of radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapy resulting in a high success rate.

Minimally Invasive Oncology Surgeries

Signalling an era of revolutionary surgical trends, minimally invasive cancer surgeries have successfully established the future of scarless and sometimes, bloodless procedures. Minimally invasive surgical methods involve making minute incisions in the patient’s body to introduce flexible surgical devices into the innermost organs, to detect and treat the most challenging cancerous tumours. This endoscopic or keyhole procedure has been skillfully administered by the leading oncologists and cancer specialists at Fortis Cancer Institute, resulting in the best outcomes in the treatment of cancers of the lung, colon, prostate, uterus, genitor-urinary tract, ovarian, and all those where access is almost impossible.

 

Adeptly leveraging the highly advanced robotic technology to diagnose, assess, administer precise doses of radiation and chemotherapy, and surgically treat the most challenging of cancerous tumours, the team of experienced oncosurgeons has achieved the best outcomes in cancer treatment and care.

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