Most cancers are preventable if detected early. High-risk habits such as smoking and drinking are contributing factors for cancer. It can also be due to some other factors such as obesity that tend to run in families and influence cancer risk. Some cancers such as breast, ovarian, prostrate and colon are considered hereditary. These high-risk individuals can be identified by clinical evaluation and genetic tests. Targeted screening can identify cancer at pre-cancer or early stage. Besides improving chance for cure it also lowers the side effects related to cancer treatment. Hence, screening needs to be personalised based on clinical examination.
Narayana Health has advanced cancer diagnostic facility with MRI, CT, Mammogram, High Resolution Scanners and PET Scan. Highly conformal radiotherapy units consisting of linear accelerators with IMRT, IGRT, V-Mat facilities are available.
The Cancer Centre at Narayana Health has the expertise to handle cancers of Breast, Haemato, Gastrointestinal, Head and Neck, Gastroenterological, Gynaecological, Medical, Neurological, Paediatric, Thoracic and Urological. Please click on the type of cancer below to know the NH hospital where diagnosis and treatment is provided.
Breast Cancer Unit is at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre in NH Health City, Bangalore. It has a team of oncoplastic breast surgeons, radiation oncologists and pain and palliative care specialists who have a high success rate in micro-vascular reconstructions of breasts using tissues from the stomach.
Narayana Health provides advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques to patients with gastrointestinal cancer. Patients can get ontologically sound surgeries for Colorectal and Liver Cancers with minimal access technique, thus ensuring faster recovery & quick return to normal life.
At Narayana Health, emphasis is to help young cancer patients of the reproductive age groups - both male & female patients - prior to chemotherapy or radiotherapy through gamete & embryo cryopreservation.
Haemato-oncology is the study of blood related cancers. Blood related cancers account for approximately 10% of all cancers and are primarily leukaemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma. A wider range of treatments are required for patients with lymphomas or myeloma, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and sometimes surgery.
Head & Neck cancer has a team of globally recognized surgical oncologists, ENT otolaryngologists, audiologists as well as pain and palliative specialists. We emphasise on organ preservation and restoration of form, function by reconstructive surgery, radiation treatment and rehabilitation.
Integrative Oncology at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center is committed to deliver high quality cancer care. The department focuses on improving the patient's endurance to receive aggressive cancer treatment by enhancing his/her overall well being with good nutrition, reduce stress, boost immune system, lifestyle modifications according to disease specific needs, physical rehab, individual and family counseling among others to ensure that the cancer treatment can be more effective and delivered without treatment delays or interruption.
Our department focuses on all the dimensions of a patient's well being including physical, psychological, social, spiritual thereby giving a holistic care with patient and family centered approach. This personalized care can in turn enhance the treatment outcome.
Getting a diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. Mind has a very powerful impact on the body and the negative dysfunctional thoughts could have a detrimental impact on the way you feel and behave and in turn hinder the treatment process and outcome.
Mind-Body medicine helps the overall emotional well being during cancer treatment by focusing on screening patients and caregivers for dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs, depression, anxiety, anticipatory grief and help with individual and family counseling, stress reduction strategies, pharmacotherapy for depression and anxiety, offer support groups for patients and caregivers.
The team has highly qualified psychiatrist and clinical psychologists and use evidence based approach of cognitive behavioral therapy, guided imagery among others for overall well being.
All cancer patients have some amount of malnourishment either due to the cancer itself or due to the side effects of treatment. Nutrition therapy focuses on maintaining adequate calorie balanced diet to maintain the lean body mass which is key in fighting cancer.
We also focus on educating the positive and negative impact that nutrition supplements and alternative medicine can have on your health. The drug interaction with chemotherapy can make the toxicity worse or reduce the efficacy of the treatment. Our experts evaluate the medication interaction with any supplements the patient may be taking and advice him/her correctly. Only the evidence based options available with complementary and alternative medicine can be incorporated into mainstream medicine. Where data is lacking we focus on research and refrain from using unproven modalities in the best interest of cancer patients and treatment outcomes.
Pain and Symptom Management
Most cancer individuals will have some degree of physical pain or other symptoms related to cancer or treatment itself.
We focus on aggressive pain management with our team of interventional pain specialist and also palliative care specialists. This improves the quality of life and ability to focus on treatment and other daily activities.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese procedure with many medical benefits. Acupuncture will be offered for symptom management of chemotherapy induced refractory nausea, vomiting, symptom of dry mouth due to radiation, and also alleviate stress and hot flashes.
Cancer patients usually have some amount of fatigue either due to disease or treatment. Our experts in rehab focus on building your strength and endurance to help keep up with daily activities and tolerate treatment maintaining a good quality of life. This department will have Physical Therapy, Speech and Swallow Therapy, Lymphedema Therapy, Chiropractic Care among others.
Patients with cancer have spiritual and emotional challenges. This needs to be addressed for overall well being and improved treatment outcome. Our expert team also handles the spiritual needs of patients and their family.
Yoga and Relaxation Techniques
Yoga is a well known for many health benefits. Fatigue is a major problem in cancer patients and yoga has been proven to help with fatigue. Our department also focuses on simple stress free yoga techniques for revitalizing your energy through pranayama. Focus is also to reduce stress, anxiety and help with good sleep. Music and art therapy is also intended to achieve the same objective of relaxation.
The Department of Medical Oncology offers cancer treatment provided by a team of qualified medical oncologists experienced in diagnosis, treatment planning and follow-up with chemotherapy, hormonal, biological and targeted therapy.
Neuro-oncology provides an integrated, multi-disciplinary platform for clinicians and basic scientists developing improved therapies for the treatment of adults and children with brain tumors. Our team consists of five consultant Neurosurgeons with expertise in various dimensions of advanced micro neurosurgical techniques, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, backed with a dedicated team of support staff.
Ophthalmic oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with tumors relating to the eye and its adnexa. Eye cancer can affect all parts of the eye. Eye cancers can be primary – which starts within the eye - or metastatic – which spread to the eye from other organs. The two most common cancers that spread to the eye from other organs are breast cancer and lung cancer.
The treatment of children and young adults with cancer is known as Paediatric Oncology. Cancers in children are of two broad types:
- Hematological or Blood related Cancers
- Solid Tumours - Tumours that arise from other organs
Skin is the largest organ in human body. It is subjected to non-stop exposure of various harmful agents such as intense sunlight, UV rays, chemicals and environmental agents. This constant irritation and exposure make the skin susceptible to cancers. Most common types of skin cancers are:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
- Squamous Cell Carcinomas
Pain is the most common and dreaded symptom in cancer patients. The pain clinic is designed to provide relief from pain sufferings. We also deal with the psychological, spiritual, social and occupational distress in patients as they may lead to increased perception of physical pain.
The Department of Radiation Oncology has been conceptualized to provide patient centric, state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment of international standards. Narayana Health is equipped with a wide spectrum of conventional as well as High Precision Radiation Oncology facilities and radiotherapy techniques such as IGRT, IMRT, SRS, SRT, VMAT and Brachytherapy.
Urological Oncology is a sub-specialized branch of genito-urinary surgery. It deals with tumorous lesions of urinary and genital tract, and surrounding areas such as retro peritoneum and adrenal glands. These include tumours of kidneys, ureter, urinary bladder, penis, testis and prostate.
The bone marrow transplant unit at Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center (MSCC) situated in NH Health City, Bangalore was established in October 2004 by Dr. Devi Shetty with a vision to make this treatment affordable to everyone. The unit has completed more than 395 stem cell transplants with approximately 292 of them being allogeneic, 103 autologous stem cell transplants. The best example of a non-cancerous disease which can be completely cured by BMT, is Thalassemia. Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC), situated in NH Health City, Bangalore, has partnered with Cure Thalassemia (CT), whose focus is 100% Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) for thalassemia.
Dr. Pietro Sodani (CT co-founder and scientific coordinator) has done more than 400 BMT and has invented BMT from haploidentical mother to child; he works since 10 years with Prof. Lucarelli (CT scientific advisor), the inventor of BMT. Prof. Lucarelli and his team have done more than 1,500 BMT for thalassemia (about 50% of all the BMT done in the world) in the last 30 years and are the worldwide authorities in this field.
Dr. Pietro Sodani gives 2 free opportunities to every thalassemia child and his family who are evaluating to do a BMT to become thalassemia free (no more transfusions):
- Advice on BMT via email; ask it to see if you can have BMT, and what the results might be.
- Meet him in person in Bangalore at the MSCC.
You can also do a BMT at the MSCC with the daily supervision of Dr. Sodani.
A joint co-ordination committee, whose chairman is Dr. Devi Shetty (Chairman, Narayana Health), consisting of executives of both the institutions has been formed, which will oversee the overall functioning of the BMT Unit.
The group has a cord blood facility for public cord blood banking and usage for cord blood transplants. The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit established at Health City, Bangalore is among a very few transplant centres with facility for total body irradiation (TBI). Renowned haematologists, paediatric and medical oncologists along with a highly accomplished team of clinical nurses work together to ensure patient recovery.