A world-class cancer centre, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Oncology offers comprehensive care for management for all types of cancers, in both adults and children. The team of internationally and nationally trained Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncologists here, with the help of state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technology, provide patients with optimal, evidence-based and customised treatment plans for removal of cancer cells from the body through medication, surgery and radiation. Multi-disciplinary in approach, the treating Doctor, after understanding the requirement of the patient completely, takes inputs from all concerned Specialities before deciding on the ideal treatment plan. Patients are also provided psychological counselling, dietary advice and rehabilitation services if required and open discussions on all treatment options available, the objective of treatment- whether it is curative, palliative or prevention of recurrence and expected outcomes are encouraged. Equipped with highly advanced technical support for chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, radiation and surgery, the CoE is the first facility in Kerala to offer Minimally Invasive Robotic Cancer Surgery.
The Medical Oncology Department at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology provides advanced care ranging from home based oral therapies to complex chemotherapy procedures, targeted therapy, biotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and metronomic chemotherapy to patients of all age groups with solid organ cancers and haematological malignancies. State-of-the-art in terms of facilities offered, the division has specialised infrastructure including positive pressure rooms for management of critically ill patients with cancers like leukaemia, a 10-bed Bone marrow transplant unit (hemopoietic cellular therapy) with dedicated apheresis suite, day care infusion therapy unit, cryopreservation unit, step down unit and intensive care enabled service. The team of Oncologists here, with the help of advanced diagnosis and prognosis (diagnostic and prognostic ) tools like molecular methods, genomics, proteomics and theranostic and supportive services from the haematology lab, create personalised and optimal treatment strategies, with strict adherence to NCCN (USA) and ESMO (European) guidelines.
The department of Surgical Oncology at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology offers a wide spectrum of surgeries for cancers in the breast, head and neck, thoracic region, gastrointestinal malignancies, gynaecological malignancies, Pelvic malignancies, bone and soft tissue sarcomas. With focus in cancer surgery shifting from conventional radical resection surgery to conservative surgery, the department, with support from Medical and Radiation Oncology, performs highly advanced organ preservation surgery along with reconstructive surgeries like complete breast reconstruction using flaps and implants, limb preserving surgeries for bone and soft tissue tumours, limb salvage surgery for bone tumours with modular prosthesis, free fibula flaps and extra-corporeal radiation intra-operatively. It is also first facility in Kerala to offer Minimal Access Robotic Surgery for colo-rectal malignancies, uterine cancers and cervical cancers.
The department of Radiation Oncology at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology is a highly advanced facility providing radiation therapy services for management of cancers. The core team, comprising Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Radiation Technologists and Oncology Nurses, with the help of high-end radiation therapy equipment, render personalised, optimum, evidence-based treatment, with minimal side effects. The department, which believes in educating the patient and their caregivers on radiotherapy, provide ample time for discussing various treatment options with the Consulting Doctor and also give them leaflets outlining the technical aspects of radiation. They are also shown a short film on radiation treatment delivery.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technical support to provide comprehensive radiation treatment services, the department has Varian “True Beam” machine for teletherapy (external) radiation treatment - a first of its kind in Kerala. The most advanced version of Varian’s Linear Accelerator series, its unique feature is the Flattening Filter Free (FFF) technology.
Advantages of True Beam
He has special interest in BMT, which includes autologous and allogeneic and alternative donor transplant. He has also undergone training in the application of personalised medicine in oncology.
Fellowship in Cellular therapy & Haematological Malignancies (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas) | ESMO Fellowship in Translational Research (Personalised Medicine) in Oncology (Innsbruck Medical University, Austria) |Pfizer-ASBMT Fellowship in Haematopoietic Cell Transplantation/ Alternative Donor Transplants (Duke University, Durrham, North Carolina) |Post Doctoral Fellowship in Bone Marrow Transplantation and Haematology (Tata Medical Center) | European Certification in Medical Oncology - ECMO (European Society of Medical Oncology, Lugano, Switzerland) |DM in Medical Oncology( Madras Medical College, Chennai) | MD in Oncology ( Madras Medical College, Chennai)| MBBS (JSS Mysore, Karnataka)
Consultant in Medical Oncology & Haemato-Oncology, and Head, Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Division, Apollo Cancer Institute, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore;
Specialist training at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston
Faculty and Attending Physician in Dept. of Clinical Hematology/Oncology and BMT, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, India
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in BMT under the mentorship of Prof. Mammen Chandy
Specialist training at Duke University, North Carolina, USA
Travel award to train at the University of Frankfurt, Germany: Childhood hematological malignancies and BMT
Head, Department of Medical Oncology & Haemato-Oncology, MIOT Hospitals, Chennai
Won awards for exceptional academic performance
Written research articles in international journals and Chapters in textbooks
Proficient in English, Malayalam Hindi
DM Medical Oncology| MD General Medicine| MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)
Medical Oncology training at Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai
Madras Cancer Care foundation at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
Department of Oncology, Lakeshore Hospital, Cochin.
Foresees Genomic Oncology as the next big thing in Cancer care
Training in various malignancies, paediatric to adult and solid tumours to blood cancers at The Adayar Cancer Institute
Has conducted CMEs in collaboration with IMA and various social organizations
Actively involved in cancer prevention, screening programmes and Continuing Medical Education endeavours
Internal Medicine training has gives added advantage when treating patients with multiple comorbidities.
Adopts a comprehensive and compassionate treatment style with a multidisciplinary team approach and hence involves professionals from other modalities like surgical oncology and radiation oncology
Intends to provide personalized cancer care, in a holistic manner
Determines optimal treatment suited to the patient, keeping in mind the patient profile and several other parameters to reach narrow therapeutic spectrum
Educates the importance of pre-treatment Counselling and involvement of Counsellors to the patients to help them navigate through the seemingly complicated and stressful period of cancer care
Promotes active discussion with patients about the various options available and helps them to take an informed decision.
Strong advocate of protocol based treatment according to standard guidelines
In advanced cases, where cure is not possible, tries to provide meaningful palliation of symptoms thus improving the quality of life of the patient
Participated in various programmes to educate people about the necessity of a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as avoidance of carcinogens, the main one being tobacco
Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil
He is also an expert at managing recurrent ascites and pleural effusions with indwelling catheter.
PG Diploma Medicine - Palliative Care (Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia) | MD in Anaesthesia (Govt. Medical College, Baroda) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur)
Expertise in interventions like:
Trigeminal Nerve Block
Occipital Nerve Block
Stellate Ganglion Block
Thoracic Splanchnic Block (Coeliac Plexus Block)
Chemical Lumbar Sympathectomy
Hypogastric Plexus Block
Ganglion Impar Block
Cervical & Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
Facet Joint Block
RFA of Facet / Median branch of Dorsal Nerve
Pulsed RF for Shoulder Pain and Knee pain
Dry Needling or IMS for the Myofascial Trigger points
Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia & Head of the Division of Pain & Palliative Medicine
Pain and palliative care department, Kasturba Medical College Manipal
In charge of Pain and Palliative care clinic, Amala Cancer Hospital
In charge of Pain & Palliative Care Clinic, West Fort Hi Tech Hospital Thrissur
Part of the Comprehensive Cancer Care Team, which aims at bettering the quality of life of cancer patients
Published research articles
Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada
DNB Surgical Oncology (RCC, Thiruvananthapuram) | DNB General Surgery (Amrita Institute, Kochi)| MBBS (Mysore University)
Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology, Malabar Cancer Center, Thalassery
HOD – in-Charge, Department of Surgical Oncology, Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery
6 Publications in National and International Journals
Actively participates in Oncology based research activities
Proficient in English, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology (Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai)| DNB Ortho (Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | D Ortho (Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)| MBBS (Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)
Bone cancer management in children and adults.
Expertise in Limb preserving surgeries for bone tumours that avoid amputations like Megaprosthetic replacement, re-implanting the same bone after sterilization with radiation, expandable implants which increases in length as the patient grows
Expertise in advanced surgical treatment for malignant lesions in spine and bones in other parts of the body
Published 10 articles in prominent Indian medical journals
Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi
Fellowship in Advanced Techniques in Radiation Oncology (Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore) | MD in Radiotherapy (Madras Medical College, Chennai) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam)
Instrumental in initiating the SBRT programme while working at AIMS, Kochi
Clinical Assistant Professor at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi
Lecturer in Radiotherapy at Medical College, Kottayam
Published articles in peer reviewed journals
Proficient in English, Malayalam and Hindi
MD in Radiation Therapy (Adayar Cancer Institute, Chennai) | MBBS (Madras Medical College)
Assistant Professor at Adayar Cancer Institute
Radiation Oncologist at Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut
Best Outgoing student of the batch in Radiation Oncology
Recipient of the Dr. Muthulakshmi award
Awarded the Dr. N. Kalavathy Prize for the best paper at AROI –TNCON 2009
Well versed in the application of Radiation in various Curative and palliative clinical scenarios.
Sites of prime interest are Head &Neck malignancies, CNS tumours, GastroIntestinal and Breast Cancers, especially organ conservation protocols
Keen focus on Gynaecological and Urologic malignancies as well as Carcinoma Lung
Involved in the multidisciplinary management of Soft tissue Sarcomas, Paediatric Malignancies etc.
Expertise in clinical application of modern radiation techniques including 3DCRT, IMRT,IGRT and Rapid Arc.
Active interest in Brachytherapy, especially Gynaecological
Believes in a multidisciplinary Team Approach to management of cancer
Adheres to internationally accepted standard of care treatment protocols
Attends conferences & workshops on regular to keep up with the latest
Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil
DM in Paediatric Oncology (Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram) | Fellow in Paediatric Hematology and Oncology (Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata) | MD in Paediatrics (Govt. Medical, Calicut) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)
Consultant Paediatrician, Ananthapuri Hospital, ThiruvananthapuramAssistant Professor in Paediatrics SUTAMS, Trivandrum ThiruvananthapuramTrained in multimodality management of cancers in children, with thrust on their special needs, growth and development and long-term survivorship.
Published 4 research articles
Proficient in English, Malayalam & Hindi
DM in Medical oncology (Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram) | MD in General medicine (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. medical College, Calicut)
Published research articles
Proficient in English, Malayalam
MD in General Medicine (Govt. Medical College, Coimbatore)
MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)
Dr. A R Vijayakumar gold medal for poster presentation at TAPICON
Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi & Tamil
First facility in the State to offer Minimally Invasive Surgery using da Vinci Surgery Robot
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