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The Department of Medical Oncology is an integral part of SVIMS University Cancer Centre and has been initiated in June 2001 for the first time in Rayalaseema. The Department of Medical Oncology offers comprehensive cancer care and is responsible for diagnosing and treating all cases of solid tumours and hematological malignancies.  Medical oncology is the subspecialty of oncology which deals with the medical management of cancer. It treats cancer with anticancer drugs -chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, etc. The Medical Oncologist determines the proper choice of drugs, dosage, and schedule of the drug regimen to be given.

Multidisciplinary team – Back bone of SVIMS cancer centre

Medical Oncology services are provided by a multidisciplinary team. The team has professionals. This team work towards preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer by offering the highest levels of treatment protocols and customised multi-modality therapies and provides care through all stages of cancer care including supportive care whenever needed. The department specializes in the treatment of cancers with chemotherapy and other biological therapies.

Communication between the team members allows the staff to help patients and family members to understand the treatment and to finish the course of therapy. The staff encourages the patient and family members to become active participants in their care through patient education. The interdisciplinary management of malignant disease is the standard of care at the SVIMS. Every week oncology team meets with the surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nuclear medicine physicists to discuss about patient management.


The department has been successfully functioning from the SVIMS Cancer Centre since June 2001.  The department is equipped with 70 beds for inpatients, 4 daycare beds, and four  ICU beds. Out-patient services are provided on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and breast follow-up clinic on Monday. Services for emergencies like chemotherapy induced febrile neutropenia in a specialized intensive care unit with intensively trained staff. Intensively trained staff provides day care and in-patient chemotherapy services.  The department also provides intensive Post Graduate training programme 

Cancer screening – for under-privileged and remote rural areas

The SVIMS cancer centre plays a vital role in early diagnosis and treatment for the under-privileged and remote rural areas by conducting out-station screening camps with qualified and well-trained medical personnel.

 Cancer Biology

Cancer encompasses many organ systems and their complications.  Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade adjacent and other tissues. Normally, cells grow and divide to produce more cells only when the body needs them. Sometimes, however, cells become abnormal and keep dividing to form more cells without control or order, creating a mass of excess tissue called a tumor. Tumors can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous). The cells in malignant tumors can invade and damage nearby and distant tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also break away from a malignant tumor and travel through the bloodstream or lymphatic system to form new tumors in other parts of the body.



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