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Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Oncology at Aster Hospital is well-equipped with modern equipments, infrastructure, doctors, nurses and support staff to handle every single stage of your cancer treatment. Radiation. We provide state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer treatments including IMRT & IGRT.

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We provide excellent care, right from diagnosis to the treatment and beyond at our world-class hospitals.

Our Doctors

We have some of the best specialists from around the world, they bring years of experience and offer evidence-based treatment to ensure the best care for you.

Treatments & Procedures

We provide comprehensive treatment for all types diseases under one roof. Our highly experienced doctors supported by especially trained clinical staff, ensure the best care for you.

Advanced Technology & Facilities

Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Digital Mammography

Mammography is an X-Ray examination of breast tissue. The image produced is called mammogram. A mammogram can help detect problems with your breasts, such as cysts or cancer.

Minimal Access Robotic Surgery

Aster Hospitals, for the first time in Kerala, introduces Robotic Surgery with da Vinci Robot- a highly advanced surgical Robot that performs minimally invasive surgeries with utmost precision. What can be called the next level in surgery, the da Vinci Robot has multi-limbed surgical robot with tiny wrists that bend in all directions, offering precision, dexterity and fine manipulation beyond that of human hand. The Surgeon performs minimally invasive surgeries by manipulating three robotic arms and a video camera that are inserted through small skin incisions, while seated in front of a computer console with 3D video screen and controls. The option of Robotic surgery is available in the Urology, Cardiothoracic, Gynaecology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Bariatric and Paediatric Surgery Departments at Aster Medcity.

Multi Disciplinary Tumor Board

Site specific disease management groups:

Haemato oncology and BMT
Orthopedic Oncology,
Gastro Intestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic oncology group,
Womens Cancer clinics
Genito Urinary Oncology clinics
Pediatric Oncology group
Head and Neck oncology group
Thoracic Oncology group

Operation Theatres

ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres With 22 Operating Rooms that are on par with some of the largest in the world, Aster Medcity, for the first time South India, introduces ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres using Karlstorz OR1 Fusion - Asia Pacific’s first complete digital integration system.
The integration enables real-time sharing of images, videos and medical reports, which not only facilitates virtual participation from any location in the world, but also helps the rest of the surgical team to monitor the patient closely during the operative procedure, much to the benefit and safety of the patient undergoing the surgery.
Aster Medcity is also the first surgical facility in the state to offer Robotic Surgery using high-precision da Vinci Surgery Robot.

Nuclear Medicine

PET-CT scanning, and Nuclear Medicine Therapy using Radio-pharmaceuticals like Iodine-131
PET –CT based radiotherapy planning


CT scan based radiotherapy planning
CT Simulator
CT –MRI fusion
Image based interventional ooncology (RFA , TACE)

Cancer Screening

Early screening of cancers in the Breast, Cervix, Head and Neck, Colorectum, Prostate and Lung

Cancer Care Facilities

Pain and Palliative Care
Diet/Physiotherapy/Psychological/Genetic Counselling
Clinic For Lifestyle Against Cancer Recurrence
Full-fledged Ayurveda Department


Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

Is cancer curable?

Yes, cancer is a curable disease, if it is diagnosed at an early stage (Stage I and II) and appropriate treatment is prescribed by cancer specialists. The highly treatable types of cancers are breast cancer, skin cancer (non-melanomas), colon cancer, prostate cancer, testis cancer, and cervical cancer.

In the present day, even the early stage IV cancer can be curable. The focus has shifted to intent. From Stage I to early Stage IV (limited metastases) the approach now is with the intent to cure. The increasing use of immunotherapy and/or stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) in early-stage IV is a welcome development.

Visit Best Cancer Centre in Bangalore to avail the advanced treatments for cancer.

Is cancer a communicable disease?

Here the answer has not changed. Cancer is not a contagious disease or disorder that can so quickly transmit from one person to another. The immune system of a healthy person will destroy the foreign cells, including cancer cells from another person. There is no such evidence that cancer is a communicable disease that can transmit from a cancer patient to a healthy person if they are in close contact or breathing common air. ONE CAN SAFELY MIX WITH CANCER PATIENTS, USE UTENSILS IN COMMON, AND ALLOW PLAYING WITH CHILDREN/GRANDCHILDREN. Occasionally, cancer can spread through tissue or organ transplantation methods due to immunosuppression medication.

How should I prepare when I visit the cancer specialist?

It is very important to use the time optimally with the time you spend during the consultation. Although you would be anxious to spend a lot of time knowing the outcome of the cancer vis a vis cure, the doctor may not exactly be able to assure the outcome of you in exact terms. The general statistics the doctors have is for choosing and recommending the treatment for you, and a specialist will not able to specify for you the cure. Instead, you should give enough time to regarding choices of treatment available and focus on what you can do to improve the probability of cure. Please check the survivorship program of Best Oncology Hospital in Bangalore

What is a Bone Marrow Transplant?

A bone marrow transplant is also known as stem cell transplant, a treatment which is used to replace an unhealthy marrow with a healthy one. It is used to treat diseases such as blood cancers like leukaemia or lymphoma, bone marrow diseases such as aplastic anaemia and other immune systems or genetic disease like sickle cell disease.

If you are searching for Best Oncology Hospital in Bangalore, then visit Aster CMI hospital located in Hebbal.

What are the symptoms of cancer?

  • The earlier cancer is detected, the greater the chance of curing it
  • Change in bowel or bladder habits
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Thickening or lump in the breast or other parts of the body
  • Anemia
  • Changes on skin.

Whom I should consult for Thyroid Tumours?

If you are worried about thyroid cancer, the first step you need to take is to visit your Head and Neck specialists. They can diagnose and treat your thyroid cancer so you can get on with your life.

How should i prepare for my first visit to radiation oncologist

Gathеr Mеdical Rеcords: Collect and organisе any relevant medical records, including diagnostic rеports, imaging studiеs, pathology rеports, and a comprehensive trеatmеnt history rеlatеd to your cancеr diagnosis. 

List of Mеdications: Compilе a detailed list of all mеdications you arе currеntly taking, including prеscription mеdications, оvеr-thе-counter drugs, and any supplements for herbal remedies. 

Insurancе Information: Bring your insurancе card and any rеlеvant information related to your health insurance covеragе, along with any documеntation of prior authorisations that may be required for spеcific trеatmеnts. 

Pеrsonal Idеntification: Carry a valid photo ID and any nеcеssary pеrsonal idеntification to complеtе rеgistration and confirm your idеntity. 

Contact Dеtails: Provide updated contact information, including your addrеss, phonе numbеr, and еmеrgеncy contact dеtails. 

Family History: If possiblе, gathеr a briеf family mеdical history, particularly as it pеrtains to cancеr or othеr relevant hеalth conditions.

What advancements or technologies are utilized by radiation oncologists?

Radiation oncologists utilise a wide range of advancements and cutting-edge technologies to deliver precise and effective radiation therapy.

Some of the key advancements and technologies in their arsenal include:

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT): IGRT enables radiation oncologists to visualise the tumor and surrounding anatomy in real-time, allowing for highly precise targeting of the radiation beam while minimising exposure to nearby healthy tissues.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): IMRT is a sophisticated radiation delivery technique that allows for precise modulation and sculpting of the radiation beam, enabling radiation oncologists to tailor the dose distribution to the shape of the tumor while sparing adjacent normal tissues.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT): These techniques combine highly precise radiation delivery with advanced imaging to treat small tumors or lesions with high doses of radiation in a limited number of sessions.

Proton Therapy: Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment that uses protons to deliver radiation to tumors, offering the potential for improved sparing of nearby healthy tissues compared to traditional photon-based radiation therapy.

Adaptive Radiation Therapy: This approach uses continual imaging and planning to adapt the radiation treatment to the changing shape, size, and position of the tumor and surrounding normal tissues throughout the course of treatment.

Brachytherapy: Brachytherapy involves the placement of radioactive sources directly into or near the tumor, allowing for targeted, localised radiation treatment.

Particle Therapy: This includes emerging technologies such as carbon ion therapy, which utilises charged particles to treat certain types of cancer and offers the potential for improved dose distribution.

What is the role of a radiation oncologist in a patient's treatment journey?

The role of a radiation oncologist in a patient's treatment journey is diverse and critical to the overall management of cancer and certain non-cancerous conditions. Here are some key aspects of their role:

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: Radiation oncologists contribute to the planning and execution of radiation therapy as part of a patient's overall treatment plan. They assess the patient's condition, collaborate with other specialists, and develop treatment plans tailored to the patient's diagnosis and specific needs.

Treatment Administration and Oversight: Radiation oncologists oversee the administration of radiation therapy, ensuring that treatments are delivered with precision, accuracy, and safety. They supervise the medical team responsible for delivering radiation treatment and monitoring patients throughout the course of therapy.

Side Effect Management: Radiation oncologists monitor patients for treatment response and potential side effects of radiation therapy. They manage the mitigation of side effects, provide supportive care, and adjust treatment plans as needed to optimise patient well-being.

Follow-Up Care and Surveillance: After completion of radiation therapy, radiation oncologists continue to provide long-term follow-up care, monitoring patients for treatment outcomes, potential long-term effects, and cancer recurrence, if applicable.

Research and Advancements: Radiation oncologists contribute to ongoing research and advancements in the field of radiation therapy, exploring innovative treatment techniques, technologies, and clinical trials to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

What Document should I carry on my first visit with a Radiation oncologist? 

On your first visit with a radiation oncologist, it is important to carry the following documents and information:

Medical Records: Bring any relevant medical records, including diagnostic reports, imaging studies, pathology reports, and treatment histories related to your cancer diagnosis./p>

List of Medications: Provide a comprehensive list of all medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, оver-the-counter drugs, and any supplements or herbal remedies.

Insurance Information: Bring your insurance card and any relevant information related to your health insurance coverage, as well as documentation of any prior authorizations that may be required for radiation therapy.

Personal Identification: Carry a valid photo ID and any necessary personal identification to complete registration and confirm your identity.

Contact Details: Provide updated contact information, including your address, phone number, and emergency contact details.

Will a Radiation oncologist help manage side effects during treatment?

Absolutely. One of the key roles of a radiation oncologist is to help manage and alleviate side effects that may occur during radiation therapy. They are highly skilled in understanding the potential side effects and employ various techniques to minimise their impact, such as prescribing medications,  providing skin care recommendations, or suggesting lifestyle adjustments. By consulting with a radiation oncologist, patients can receive support and guidance to mitigate any side effects and ensure the best possible experience during their radiation therapy. 

When should I consider seeing a Radiation Oncologist?

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and your treatment plan includes radiation therapy, it is essential to consider seeing a radiation oncologist. They specialise in utilising radiation to treat cancer and can provide valuable insights into the most effective treatment approach for your specific case. Radiation oncologists possess advanced knowledge and expertise in delivering radiation therapy. By consulting with a radiation oncologist, you can ensure that you receive the best possible care and benefit from their specialised skills in administering radiation treatment suited to your individual needs.

Can radiotherapy cause hair loss on the scalp?

Yes, radiotherapy can cause hair loss only when treating head, brain or scalp of a patient. It means hair loss is a common side effect that occurs in the area being treated with radiotherapy. Usually, hairs will start to fall out 2 to 3 weeks after treatment starts.

In a female, radiotherapy to the breasts will lose hair in the armpit and male hair loss will occur in facial/beard/mustache.

With radiotherapy of the head, brain and scalp, earlier the hair loss used to be permanent due to higher effect on the skin. In the present day, all these situations hairs start to regrow from 6 months to 1year in almost all people. In many it comes to the original level.

When should I visit the cancer specialist?

Earlier it used to be 7 warning signals of the cancer. Presently, since the cancer is not uncommon, the advice would be, any persistent (lasting beyond a couple of weeks or months), progressive (increasing in intensity despite regular medication) complaints not responding to regular medication requires investigation to rule out cancer. Consult Best Cancer Care Specialists in Bangalore at Aster CMI hospital.

What can do I to enhance the cure?

Earlier not much importance was given to the patients and attendant's role in the management of cancer. Nowadays a lot of importance need to be given regarding lifestyle led by patients and their attendants. For one, it will improve quality of life of patients and people around them and secondly, these lifestyle changes have the chance of improving the cure rate. Refer to survivorship program Aster CMI Best Oncology Hospital in Bangalore.

What are the most common types of cancer?

  • Non-melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer.

How does radiation therapy work?

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours.Cancer cells begin to die days or weeks after treatment starts, and continue to die for weeks or months after it finishes.

What is Surgical Oncology?

Surgical oncology is a field of medicine that uses surgery to treat cancer. Its main goal is to find harmful tumours in the body and remove them. Doctors who practice surgical oncology can find out if the disease has spread to other parts of your body.

How does a Radiation Oncologist help patients prepare for and manage radiation therapy?

Radiation oncologists play a crucial role in helping patients prеparе for and managе radiation thеrapy in sеvеral important ways:

Trеatmеnt Planning: Radiation oncologists dеvеlop personalised treatment plans tailored to each patiеnt's spеcific diagnosis and nееds. Thеy thoroughly explain thе trеatmеnt procеss,  potential side еffеcts, and what to еxpеct during radiation therapy to help patients fееl informed and prepared. 

Education and Counsеling: Thеy еducatе patiеnts about thе goals of radiation thеrapy, potеntial sidе effects, and strategies to manage and cope with thе trеatmеnt procеss. Radiation oncologists еngagе in opеn, transparеnt discussions to ensure that patiеnts havе a comprehensive undеrstanding of thеir carе. 

Coordination with thе Carе Tеam: Radiation oncologists collaboratе with thе hеalthcarе tеam, including nursеs, mеdical physicists, dosimеtrists, and othеr spеcialists, to еnsurе that patiеnts rеcеivе support and thе highеst quality of carе throughout thеir radiation thеrapy. 

Sidе Effеct Management: Radiation oncologists monitor patients for potential side еffеcts of radiation thеrapy, providе guidancе on managing symptoms, and adjust trеatmеnt plans as needed to optimisе patient wеll-bеing and comfort. 

Ongoing Support and Follow-Up: Thеy continuе to providе long-tеrm follow-up carе, monitoring patiеnts for treatment outcomes, addressing any lingеring еffеcts of radiation thеrapy, and еnsuring that patiеnts rеcеivе thе support thеy nееd during their rеcovеry.  

How do radiation oncologists decide if radiation therapy is necessary?

Radiation oncologists make decisions about the necessity of radiation therapy based on a thorough evaluation of each patient's individual case. The decision-making process involves several key considerations:

Disease Characteristics: Radiation oncologists assess the type, location, stage, and other specific characteristics of the patient's cancer or condition to determine if radiation therapy is a viable treatment option.

Treatment Goals: They consider the intended goals of radiation therapy, which may include curative intent (aiming to eliminate cancer), adjuvant therapy (administered after another primary treatment), or palliative care (alleviating symptoms and improving quality of life).

Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Radiation oncologists collaborate with other members of the patient's healthcare team, including medical oncologists, surgeons, and pathologists, to develop a treatment plan that integrates radiation therapy when appropriate.

Evidence-Based Practice: Radiation oncologists rely on evidence-based guidelines, treatment protocols, and the latest clinical research to ensure that the decision to utilise radiation therapy is founded on established best practices and the most current scientific knowledge.

What conditions or cancers do radiation oncologists treat?

Radiation oncologists are specialised in the treatment of various cancer types and may also be involved in managing non-cancerous conditions. Some of the conditions and cancers treated by radiation oncologists include:

Solid Tumors: Radiation therapy may be used to treat solid tumors, including cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, head and neck, brain, gastrointestinal tract, gynecological organs, and soft tissues.

Hematologic Cancers: Radiation oncologists may be involved in the treatment of hematologic malignancies such as lymphomas, leukemias, and myelomas, using radiation therapy as part of the treatment approach.

Central Nervous System Tumors: Brain tumors, including primary brain tumors and metastatic lesions, are often managed by radiation oncologists using targeted radiation therapy techniques.

Bone Metastases: Radiation therapy is commonly used to alleviate pain and control tumor growth in cases of bone metastases from various primary cancers.

How often will I see a radiation oncologist during treatment?

The frequency of appointments with a radiation oncologist during treatment can vary depending on the individual patient's needs and treatment plan. Typically, patients will have regular visits, which may range from once or twice a week to a few times a month. These appointments allow the radiation oncologist to monitor the progress of treatment, address any concerns or side effects, and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan if needed.

What question you should ask a radiation oncologist?

  • For how many weeks will I receive radiation?
  • Will I be able to continue my normal activities?
  • How often do I need to return for checkups?
  • Do I need a special diet during or after my treatment?
  • Will I experience side effects from radiation therapy?
  • How do I prepare for radiation therapy?

What does a radiation oncologist do?

A radiation oncologist is a doctor who specialises in using radiation therapy as a treatment for cancer. They work closely with other members of the healthcare team to develop and implement radiation treatment plans for cancer patients.

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