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Medical Oncology

This department deals with the diagnosis, treatment, health education, prevention and rehabilitation of cancer patients. At MMHRC we treat patients with chemotherapy (drugs) and we treat cancers like Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma and other solid tumours like breast, Gastro intestinal tracts and Ovary and paediatric tumours. Combined modality treatment has become the gold standard in the treatment of cancer. So chemotherapy along with radiotherapy and surgery has increased the response rates of treatment and survival rates have increased with a good amount of quality of life.

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The treatment options of each patient are discussed in the tumour board, which comprises of Medical Oncologist, Surgical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist and Pathologist. The department works in harmony with the other departments to ensure proper patient care.

Day care units for chemotherapy were started 3 years ago. It has become very convenient for the patients, as they need not get admitted. They can finish the chemotherapy procedure in 3-4 hours time and get back home.

Lot of new drugs has become available in the recent days, showing some good results. We are also using some drugs which was available in oral form and has shown a very good response rates in various clinical settings.

Clinical trials have increased in numbers in the last year. This has been a boon to the patients who have no treatment for their disease. Some of the drugs have shown good response rates, which looks really, really promising. This is a welcome situation in India for the cancer patients.

We are also working towards offering bone marrow transplantation, at MMHRC, in the near future.

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Assistance

  • Financial need is a major factor in treating cancer patients. Hence at MMHRC we offer our cancer patients assistance by giving them free service.
  • We also assist the cancer patients in getting funds from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the needy.
  • We spend lot of time in counselling the patients as well as their attenders, since most of our patients are psychologically on the down beat.
  • We also provide health education to the patient’s attenders to increase their awareness of cancer.
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Doctor

  • Dr. Krishnakumar Rathnam, M.D.(Med), D.M.(Med. Oncology) - Consultant
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