American Oncology Institute (AOI) is one of the best medical oncology hospitals in India and has been re-defining the future of cancer care in India, providing comprehensive cancer care by growing and managing its cancer centres with a steadfast vision throughout India and neighbouring countries. At American Oncology Institute, we intent to serve our patients with a consistent and premium cancer care and help them lead a better and longer life.
American Oncology Institute (AOI) has evolved over a decade with respect to its healthcare team, renowned clinicians from across different specialities and the modern technologies and is now a leader in cancer care, with a wide network of 16 cancer care centres pan India and southeast Asia. Each centre is provided with a management expertise and capital resources to bring patient focused, state-of-the art cancer care to new regions.
About Medical Oncology
Medical oncology is a specialty that deals with the diagnosis, staging and treatment of cancer through various types of medications or substances using chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy. Treatment for most of the cancers involves coordination of Medical Oncology with Surgical Oncology or Radiation Oncology to give the best clinical outcomes.
What is Medical Oncology?
Medical Oncology involves the administration of certain medicinal agents or substances to kill the cancer cells and aids in the treatment of cancer.
Role of Medical Oncology in Cancer treatment
Medical Oncology involves administration of specialized medications or substances which act on the cancer cells in many ways to destroy them and prevent their multiplication within the body. The term, ‘Chemotherapy’ is composed of two words – ‘chemo’ (substance/chemical/medicines) & ‘therapy’ (treatment) i.e., medicines used to treat cancer.
A medical oncologist is the physician who assesses the patient’s clinical condition, decides the treatment plan and manages the entire chemotherapy regimen which will be given over the course of several weeks, months, or years.
There are various classes of chemotherapy agents, which act in various manners from each other to treat cancer. With the advancement of research and medical science, besides the conventional or standard chemotherapy, there are other modalities available for an effective and precise treatment of cancer.
Medical Oncology involves administration of various medications using one/more of the following:
- Conventional Chemotherapy
- Hormonal therapy
- Targeted therapy
Immunotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy for cancer treatment offer advantages over conventional chemotherapy in being more specific to the cancer cells henceforth, lesser adverse effects to the patient.