Medical oncology is a modality of cancer treatment using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. Medical oncology is used in conjunction with radiology and surgical oncology. They work out a personalized treatment plan depending on the characteristics of the tumour, individual needs and expectations. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells. It works by stopping o slowing the growth of cancer cells. Immunotherapy is the process of activating the immune system to fight against the cancer cells. It improves the defence mechanism of immune system to combat and destroy cancer cells. Some cancer cells use hormones to grow or develop in the body and hormone therapy makes use of drugs to slow or block the production of hormones in the body, to slow down the growth of cancer. Targeted therapy uses drugs to target specific genes and proteins that are present in cancer cells and would be related to their growth or spread to other organs. The medical oncology department at Narayana health provides a wide range of non-operative cancer treatments. The department comprises of a team of qualified medical oncologists
who are experienced in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological and targeted therapies, making it one of the best hospitals in Mysore for medical oncology.