Advancements in the realm of medical oncology give hope to patients and their loved ones. With an arsenal of medicines growing in range and effectiveness, we are now better equipped than before in our battle against cancer.
Newer anti-cancer treatments such as cytotoxic agents, hormonal or endocrine therapy and targeted therapies have given another ray of hope for cancer patients. These are generally associated with improved overall results and reduced – or even absent – side effects.
Greater treatment efficacy and less impact on quality of life is what we strive to deliver to our patients. Chemotherapy is always carefully administered by qualified nurses, who have specialised training in oncology, and under the close supervision of our medical oncologists.
Chemotherapy can be applied in several ways:
Upfront or induction chemotherapy
This method shrinks the tumour size before definitive local treatment with surgery or radiotherapy.
Drugs are used as radio-sensitisers to improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy.
Drugs are administered after surgery or radiotherapy to treat invisible micrometastases and improve the overall chances of cure.
This is generally used to treat very chemo-sensitive cancers like lymphoma, germ cell tumours and leukaemia.
High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell rescue
In this method, stem cells are extracted before high-dose chemotherapy is applied, and returned post-treatment to help the bone marrow recover.
Palliative chemotherapy (for advanced cancers)
For advanced cancers, this approach kills cancer cells, controls the disease and prolongs survival while striving to preserve quality of life.