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Surgery plays a vital role for the treatment of solid tumors and
surgeon plays a leading role in the decision making of the treatment
of these solid tumors.
Cancer surgery is a complex and highly skilled discipline requiring
detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and reconstructive
procedures. We are presently having the following facilities at our
hospital for Surgical Oncology:
- M.I.S.(Minimal Invasive Surgery).
- Major Cancer Resections.
There is a separate department of medical oncology in CCHRC, which works in collaboration with surgical oncology and radiotherapy unit to provide comprehensive care to the patients. Facilities are available for making a proper diagnosis and to provide effective state of art chemotherapy for different types of cancers including solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The common cancers that are treated here are H&N tumors, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and lymphomas. Treatment is advised depending on the stage of cancer and the physical state of the patient.
Each year ---------patients receive chemotherapy for a variety of cancers. Patients may be admitted for or given day care chemotherapy. The specialists have extensive experience in treating cancer.
ICU support is available for emergencies in case of severe side effects of chemotherapy drugs. The medicines required to rescue the patients from adverse reaction of chemotherapy are available in hospital pharmacy which operates 24x7
- In our Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre only Teletherapy Unit is available. The unit consists of THERATRON 780E MACHINE (THERATRONIX LTD. CANADA), Source used is Cobalt-60 (Half-life: 5.26 years, Average Energy: 1.25 MeV), Treatment Planning Software: CMS XiO, One 3rd Generation CT Machine for Simulation & One Conventional X-Ray Machine for Simulation. We also use immobilization devices such as thermoplastic moulds, breast boards, etc.
This modality follows the following steps:
1) Diagnosis of the disease.
2) Localization of the tumour by simulation (CT or Radiography).
3) Treatment planning.
4) Dose delivery.
Radiation treatment is a process that involves the determination of treatment parameters considered optimal in the management of a patient's disease. In radiotherapy, these parameters include target volume, dose-limiting structures, treatment volume, dose prescription, dose fractionation, dose distribution, positioning of the patient, treatment machine settings, and adjuvant therapies. The final part of this activity is a blueprint for the treatment, to be followed meticulously and precisely over several weeks.
And our hospital (CACHAR CANCER HOSPITAL & RESEARCH CENTRE) provides the best treatment possible to the patients as we have the infrastructure and adequate staffing.
Radiology plays a vital role in proper diagnosis of cancer
patients so that correct treatment can be planned. Presently we are
having Colour Doppler Echo and a Dual Slice CT that helps us to
locate the disease and assess the extent. We are now making attempt
to acquire a Mammogram & an M.R.I., which will help us to get more
The Pain and Palliative Care division of the Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre formally started to function from May 2009. It was established with a generous grant from the Indo-American Cancer Association (IACA).
The WHO definition of palliative care
The World Health Organization and the European Association for Palliative Care, defines palliative care as the ‘active, total care of the patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, of other symptoms, and of psychological, social and spiritual problems are paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.’
In simple terms, palliative care seeks to improve the quality of life of people with advanced life threatening or debilitating illness. If cure is possible, support is given by treating symptoms like pain and attempting to minimize suffering.
A physician (the Head of the division), a medical officer, a programme coordinator and 10 nurses serve in the palliative care division.
We run an out-patient service and have a 14-bed in patient facility.
The Palliative care OPD runs between 11a.m-5p.m from Monday to Saturday.