Biomarker Testing for Cancer Treatment
SUBSPECIALTIES OF ONCOLOGY
These medical specialists perform this type of radiation treatment without damaging any adjacent tissues. Radiation Oncologists at Kamineni Hospitals are equipped with the latest advancements in equipment and medicine to deliver the right care at the right time. The main aim of these speciesists is to improve your quality of life by removing or reducing cancer cells.
Oncology specialists are further divided into several subsections based on the group or type of cancer they treat. Some of the common Oncology Subspecialties include
- Gynecologic Oncologist
- Pediatric Oncologist
- Breast oncology
- Ocular oncology
- Head & neck oncology
- Thoracic oncology
- Bone & Musculoskeletal oncology
What facilities does Kamineni have for radiation therapy
Kamineni Hospital is one of the few radiation therapy centres in the city. It is well-equipped and managed by highly experienced physicians and specialized teams. Kamineni Hospitals has two major kinds of equipment for the delivery of radiation treatment:
- Linear Accelerator for External Radiotherapy
- MicroSelectron HDR for Brachytherapy
What is External Radiotherapy?
External radiotherapy can be administered as 2D conventional radiotherapy or 3D conformal radiotherapy and IMRT. The selection of therapy depends on the clinical profile of the patient, 3D conformal radiotherapy and IMRT are more advanced and frequently used.
Radiation oncologists chart out the course of treatment before delivering it. The patient is counseled in detail regarding the treatment, side effects and outcomes. Treatment plans vary as per the type and location of cancer and can last up to 7 weeks. In some cases, radiotherapy is given along with chemotherapy once a week (Intravenous or oral) as per the advice of the medical oncologist. Once the treatment is complete, the patient is counseled regarding diet, precautions, follow-up schedule and emergency detection.
How is Brachytherapy different from External Radiotherapy?
Brachytherapy is an advanced form of treatment. It is commonly used as an effective treatment for cervical, prostate, breast, and skin cancer among others. Brachytherapy involves placing a sealed radiation source inside or next to the area requiring treatment.
Brachytherapy is highly precise and ensures a high dose of radiation to be applied to a small area. As radiation sources remain accurately targeted, clinicians can achieve a high level of dose delivery. This enhances the efficacy of treatment and reduces risk.