Overview

Overview - Mazumder Shaw Cancer Center

Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre is one of the largest comprehensive cancer centres in India. An excellence driven centre, it offers multidisciplinary cancer care with a personalised touch to the patients from all corners of India, neighbouring countries and all parts the world. The centre has state-of-the-art equipment and facilities with a well trained and experienced team of oncologists, doctors, nurses and paramedics.

The CANCER TEAM functions in a site-specific manner with the following clinical teams

  • Breast Oncology
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Unit
  • Blood Bank
  • Cancer Genetics Unit
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Haemato-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Paediatric Oncology
  • Palliative Care Unit
  • Thoracic oncology
  • Thyroid Unit

  • Uro-Oncology
  • Anaesthesia department
  • Critical care unit
  • Dietician
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Radiology and interventional radiology
  • Radiotherapy team
  • Pain Management team
  • Psychological Care team
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Speech and Swallow rehabilitation

Tumour Board / Multidisciplinary Team Meeting

At Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, a team of our experts from Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiology, Pathology, Nuclear Medicine and related disciplines come together in the Tumour Board meetings to discuss various cases and form a joint decision on the treatment plan. We believe that each patient and his/her disease is unique, hence our team of experts customise a personalised treatment plan. We constantly review and improve our protocols and encourage the participation of our patients as well as caregivers to understand the disease and its treatment process. All cancer patients are discussed in the tumour board and a copy of decision shared with the patient. All site specific tumour boards take place on specific weekdays. This transpires into unbiased decision making for the patient and is also the forum where all the national and international guidelines are discussed at length relating to that particular patient. The general physicians from the community are also encouraged to attend the Tumour board so that they are a part of the decision making.

Tumour board coordinator: mdtnavigator@nhhospitals.org

Integrative Oncology

The department plans on launching a centre for preventive medicine with an emphasis on risk assessment, risk reduction and comprehensive screening for the general population. The centre has set the target of becoming a centre for integrative oncology with personalized patient management and translational research for the development of novel therapeutics unique to the biological and genetic signature of the patient. MSCC supports the use of complementary therapies for patients undergoing treatment for cancer including relaxation techniques, acupressure, art therapy, Ayurveda, Reiki and meditation in discussion with the treating oncologist.

Early Cancer detection and Cancer prevention – The MSCC aims to adopt villages in the vicinity of NH in various parts of the country so that cancer awareness is increased and healthcare workers are trained in detecting early cancers and also preventing cancers with lifestyle modifications. To this end, we are doing smoking cessation clinics, vaccination clinics which are the future for prevention. We also provide screening for cancers of the breast, cervix, bowel, and some high-risk patients for head neck and lung cancer. The team remains committed towards delivering awareness talks and running screening programmes within the community which is our key contribution to the society in order to prevent cancer. We also support cancer charities with a similar agenda.

Dedicated Research and Academic centre – We at MSCC are committed towards delivering cancer care at an international level which can only be delivered if we are able to do original research and also publish papers relating to clinical or laboratory research in peer-reviewed national and international journals. The team of oncologists at MSCC bears a high international and national profile, holding key editorial and contributory positions in various national and international research journals and societies.

Oncology Nursing – The nurses are trained in delivering chemotherapy in protocolised fashion with training in current trends and practices oncology.

Outreach programmes – We at MSCC believe in reaching out to the community for cancer awareness, screening and onsite diagnosis. Head and neck screening camps are routinely organised at nearby villages, health centers and community centers. A head and neck screening van with a dedicated staff are equipped with diagnostic facilities for onsite screening. A mobile phone based screening of oral cancer has also initiated. The community level health workers are encouraged to send pictures of suspicious oral lesions to oncologists at MSCC. After seeing the pictures, oncologists advise further management. Similarly, breast cancer screening van equipped with mammogram conducts on-site screening for breast cancer.

Partnering with MSCC – We encourage partnership with NGOs, governmental organization, schools, colleges and corporate etc to promote awareness regarding early detection, prevention and management of cancer. Doctor at MSCC routinely conducts such awareness programs.

 

Cancer Support Group

Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life. However, support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share their feelings and challenges. They also allow people to learn from others facing similar situations.

Why join a support group?

Receiving a cancer diagnosis often triggers a strong emotional response. Some people experience shock, anger, and disbelief. Others may feel intense sadness, fear, and a sense of loss. Sometimes even the most supportive family members and friends cannot understand exactly how it feels to have cancer. This can lead to loneliness and isolation.

Support groups allow people to talk about their experiences with others living with cancer, which can help reduce stress. Group members can share feelings and experiences that may seem too strange or too difficult to share with family and friends. And the group dynamics often create a sense of belonging that helps each person feel more understood and less alone.

Support group members may also discuss practical information. This may include what to expect during treatment, how to manage pain and other side effects of treatment, and how to communicate with health care providers and family members. Exchanging information and advice may provide a sense of control and reduce feelings of helplessness.

Many studies have shown that support groups help people with cancer feel less depressed and anxious. Support groups also help them feel more hopeful and enable them to manage their emotions better. However, support groups are not the right fit for everyone. Some people may benefit from other sources of support.

Time And Days Of Tumour Board Meetings

Days Timing Catagories
  Mondays   3PM - 5PM   Pulmonology Oncology
  Tuesdays   3PM - 4PM   Gynaecologic Oncology
  Tuesdays   4PM - 5PM   Breast Oncology
  Wednesdays   8AM - 10AM   Paediatric Oncology
  Wednesdays   3PM - 5PM   Gastrointestinal Oncology
  Thursdays   8AM - 10AM   Head & Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery
  Thursdays   3PM - 4PM   MusculoSkeletal Oncology
  Thursdays   4PM - 5PM   Haematology Oncology
  Fridays   8AM - 10AM   Thyroid Tumour Board
  Fridays   3PM - 4PM   Urology Oncology
  Saturdays   12PM - 2PM   Neurology Oncology
  Saturdays   9AM - 12PM   Virtual Tumour Board

Once a month – Thyroid tumour board

Genetics clinic is on Wednesdays from 10.00 AM to 3.00 PM. Rest of the sites have clinics every day.

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