Cancer. The very word conjures up visions of pain and suffering. If any disease has made itself an enemy of man, it is this one. Cancer may come in many forms but its outcome has always been damaging. The medical fraternity counts cancer as its greatest foe.

Dr. Meenu Gupta

Cancer Treatment

Cancer is no longer a death trap. It is completely curable if detected early. Various advanced treatments are available to cure cancer now. We are able to cure cancer in 70-80 percent of the patients. With the help of technological advancement in radiation oncology and the anti-cancer drugs, we are now treating the affected area instead of the entire organ as it used to be earlier. In Surgery too only the part of organ that has developed cancer is resected and radiation therapy takes care of the remaining at risk areas. Amputation of limbs is avoided. Limb Salvage surgeries and organ spring procedures are now the norm.
Earlier entire breast used to be removed if the breast is affected by cancer, but now the treatment is focused on the lump so that the breast is preserved.
 
Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy & Surgery
Cancer is dealt by radiation therapy, chemotherapy or surgery. In chemotherapy, anti-cancer agents are used to fight the cancer-affected part of the patient and will prevent cancer cells from growing in other parts of the body. Mostly these drugs are given intravenously.
These drugs may cause some side effects such as hair loss, soreness in the oral cavity, weakness. The immunity of the body may decrease temporarily. Newer drugs have decreased toxicities.
The radiation treatment has seen great advancements in the recent times. Now radiation therapy is minimally toxic and causes only minor side effects. For most cancers, radiation therapy is used effectively.
In Surgery too only the part of organ that has developed cancer is resected and radiation therapy takes care of the remaining at risk areas. Amputation of limbs is avoided. Limb Salvage surgeries and organ spring procedures are now the norm.
Earlier entire breast used to be removed if the breast is affected by cancer, but now the treatment is focused on the lump so that the breast is preserved.
The treatment modality varies from case to case and is decided by Tumor board after a thorough study of the patient. The patient will be educated on all the options available and the treatment will begin only after a consensus is arrived on.