Medical Oncology at SevenHills Hospital

SevenHills Hospital’s cancer care center and skilled oncologists offer world class medical oncology (chemotherapy) treatment options that vouch to deliver the best outcomes in patients suffering from different types of cancer.


  • What Is Chemotherapy?

    Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in your body. Chemotherapy is most often used to treat cancer, since cancer cells grow and multiply much more quickly than most other cells in the body.

  • Why Is Chemotherapy Used?

    In people with cancer, chemotherapy may be used:

    • To kill cancer cells: Chemotherapy can be used as the primary or sole treatment for cancer. In some cases, chemotherapy is used with the goal of curing your cancer. In other cases, chemotherapy may be used with the aim of slowing the cancer's growth.
    • After other treatments to kill hidden cancer cells: Chemotherapy can be used after other treatments, such as surgery, to kill any cancer cells that might remain in the body.
    • To prepare you for other treatments: Chemotherapy can be used to shrink a tumor so that other treatments, such as radiation and surgery, are possible.
    • To ease signs and symptoms: Chemotherapy may help relieve signs and symptoms of advanced cancer, such as pain.
  • What Are The Treatment Options Available At SevenHills Hospital?

    • Evidence based chemotherapy using the latest drugs based on internationally accepted guidelines to ensure world class treatment.
    • Targeted therapy (such as small molecules and monoclonal antibodies) that specifically target cancer cells while sparing normal cells. This results in better cancer kills with minimal side effects.
    • Concurrent chemo-radiotherapy with radiation that helps to make the latter more effective
    • Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy that reduces the extent of surgery or radiation and is valuable in organ preservation - breast, limbs, urinary bladder, oesophagus (food tube) and larynx (voice box) are some of the organs that no longer need to be removed surgically to treat cancer.
  • Is Chemotherapy Compulsory When Treating Cancer?

    No. It depends on the type and stage of the cancer. In some cases, there may be a wait-and-watch policy; in others it is given to cure the disease or to prevent its recurrence.

  • What Is The Difference Between A Benign And A Malignant Tumor?

    Cells are the basic building blocks of the human body. They divide continuously during life to replace those damaged or destroyed by wear and tear. The divisions of cells are kept under strict control by various genes. Sometimes, these controls fail (due to gene abnormalities - mutations) and the cells divide uncontrollably to form a mass of cells - a tumor. Most of these tumors are benign i.e. they remain localized, do not spread through the human body (i.e. do not metastasize), and will not harm the person. But some cells acquire additional mutations to form a tumor that can either damage the organ in which it is situated, or spread through the human body to harm the person; these are called cancers or malignant tumors.

  • What Are The Common Side-Effects Of Chemotherapy?

    Some of the more common side effects of chemotherapy drugs that can occur during treatment include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, fever, mouth sores, pain, constipation,and/or easy bruising. Many of these side effects can be prevented or treated. Most side effects subside after the treatment ends. Most of the side effects are preventable. The drugs to treat side effects are very advanced now-a-days. We hardly see any admission due to toxicity or side effects.

  • Can I Continue To Work When I Am On Chemotherapy?

    Yes, most of the chemotherapy cycles are given on day care basis for few hours. You can continue to work in the gap between the 2 cycles of chemotherapy.

  • How Often Do I Have To Receive Chemotherapy?

    Your doctor determines how often you'll receive chemotherapy treatments based on what drugs you'll receive, the characteristics of your cancer and how well your body recovers after each treatment. Chemotherapy treatment schedules vary. Chemotherapy treatment can be continuous or it may alternate between periods of treatment and periods of rest to let you recover.