Caritas Cancer Institute
Caritas Cancer Institute is one of the biggest and comprehensive institutes of its kind in the state of Kerala. Started in 2003, the Institute offers complete care for management for all types of Cancers, in both adults and children. The team of highly trained medical, surgical and radiation oncologists at the Institute offers optimal, evidence-based and customized treatment to patients, following a multi-disciplinary approach. The Institute offers complete care for the management of all type of Cancers.
The Medical Oncology Department at Caritas Hospital provides advanced care ranging from home based oral therapies to complex chemotherapy procedures and bone marrow transplantation. The team of oncologists in the department adopts a personalized and optimal treatment strategy for each patient with strict adherence to international guidelines. The Department has advanced diagnosis and prognosis tools and a state-of-the-art Haematology Lab. The patients also receive the services of counselors and dieticians at the Department.
The Surgical Oncology Division offers a wide range of surgeries for cancers in breast, head and neck, thoracic region. Surgical procedures are also undertaken for gastrointestinal malignancies, gynecological malignancies, pelvic malignancies, bone and soft tissue sarcomas. The expert surgeons in the Division perform highly advanced organ preservation surgeries with the support of medical and radiation oncology specialists. Reconstructive surgeries such as complete breast reconstruction using flaps and implants, CRS-HIPEC surgeries, limb salvage surgery for bone tumours with modular prosthesis, free fibula flaps and intra-operative extra-corporeal radiation are also performed here. The Surgical Oncology Division of Caritas Hospital is the only center in Central Travancore running GI Surgical Oncology programme.
The Department of Radiation Oncology of Caritas Hospital provides highly advanced radiation therapy services for management of cancers. The core team comprising radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation technologists and oncology nurses at the Department renders the patients personalized, optimum, evidence-based treatment with minimum side effects. The Department also has a range of high-end radiation therapy equipment to facilitate quality treatment. Further, the department successfully runs a DNB programme with an aim to nurture qualified doctors in the field of Radiation Oncology.
The advanced facilities in the Department include
- Siemens Primus Plus Dual energy Linear Accelerator
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Multi Leaf Collimator (MLC)
- Three Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3DCRT)
- Electronic Portal Imaging (EPID)
- Virtual Wedge
- 6 MV photon for head & neck and thoracic tumors
- 15 MV photon for pelvic& abdomen tumors
- Electrons of various energy (6,9,12,15,18,21 MeV) for skin & superficial tumours
Computerized Treatment Planning Systems at the Department
- CONRAD- Inverse Planning for IMRT
- PLATO for 3DCRT
- ONCENTRA for Contouring & Image Fusion (MRI&PET)
- COHERENCE DOSIMETRIST for virtual simulation
- LANTIS for record and verification
Internal Radiation Therapy- BRACHYTHERAPY
- Nucletron Microselectron High Dose Rate(HDR) Unit
- Radioactive source- Iridium- 192 (10 Ci)
- Spiral CT
Palliative care is the active total care of patients and their families by a multi-disciplinary team at the time when the patient’s disease is no longer responsive to curative treatment. It is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering. Palliative care responds to physical, psycho-social, mental, economic and spiritual needs. It also extends necessary support in bereavement.