Overview - Mazumder Shaw Cancer Center

Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre is one of the largest comprehensive cancer centre’s in India. An excellence driven centre, it offers multidisciplinary cancer care with a personalized 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 teams function 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

  • The clinical services are provided by the following teams
  • 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 customize a ‘personalized treatment plan’. We constantly review and improve our protocols and encourage the participation of our patients as well as care givers 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

Time And Days Of Tumour Board Meetings

Days Timing Catagories
  Mondays   3.00 PM   Lung
  Tuesdays   3.00 PM   Breast
  Tuesdays   3.30 PM   Gynae
  Wednesdays   3.30 PM   GI and HPB
  Thursdays   8.30 AM   Head and Neck
  Fridays   3.00 PM   Genito-Urinary (fortnightly)
  Saturdays   8.00 AM   Neuro-Oncology (fortnightly)

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.

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 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 community for cancer awareness, screening and onsite diagnosis. Head and neck screening camps are routinely organized at nearby villages, health centres and community centres. A head and neck screening van with a dedicate staff is 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

Cancer Support Group is a group of people and families coming together to share common experiences, good or bad. These experiences may relate to themselves or a family member. They could be shared among a similar group either by an individual or a family who has helped and supported a loved one through a diagnosis of cancer, its treatment and other related issues. Such a group can include people who are newly diagnosed or someone who is undergoing treatment currently as well as someone who has completed their treatment. Various studies have shown that such groups have helped bring about “Mind and Body Healing” and promote a positive attitude. It also helps create a sense of camadarie, prevents people from feeling isolated in their experiences through the time of their diagnosis, treatment and thereafter. The department aims to set up a patient-caregiver network so as to empower patients in collective decision making and also support them in “living with cancer” Read More .