Continental Cancer Institute
Oncology revolves around the research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Cancer is caused due to uncontrollable growth and division of cells. When old cells survive in the body instead of dying, and growth of new cells is hampered or advanced, cancerous tumors begin to form. Malignant tumors can attack and damage neighboring healthy cells or also develop new tumors away from the original location. On the other hand, benign tumors are restricted to one location and do not spread aggressively. Cancer diagnosis is usually carried out by biopsy, CT & PET scanning, endoscopy, blood tests among other methods. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.
The Continental Cancer Institute & Radiology Centre is one of the best cancer hospitals in Hyderabad that employs collaborative, interdisciplinary approach towards identifying and treating cancer in all its forms. Our personalized quality care in cancer & radiation has made us one of the leading cancer hospitals in India. We are the first multispecialty hospital with Oncology in the world to receive the JCI accreditation within 2 years. This fact attests to our expertise in all aspects of Oncology & Radiation.
Continental Cancer Institute and Radiation Centre operates on a synchronized balance of the best oncologists in India and ultra-modern technology. A comprehensive plan of treatment is developed after careful observation and accurate diagnosis of every patient's condition, making it the best cancer hospital in Hyderabad. We have quality, safety, treatment and operative standards in place to ensure that radiation treatment is initiated only when all other alternative options have been ruled out by the Oncologist. Our cancer specialists are regarded among the best oncologist in Hyderabad, and they work in collaboration to oversee the patient's complete course of the treatment. Depending on the stage of cancer and other factors, our oncologists chalk out a definitive treatment plan in which they:
- Educate patients about the diagnosis, staging and prognosis of the cancer
- Discuss about the various treatment options, benefits & risks
- Closely monitor for side effects during treatment
- Appropriate diagnostic testing to detect any evidence of early recurrence
- Suggest suitable treatment options including
- Hormonal Therapy
- Biological or Targeted Therapies
Technology at Continental Cancer Institute
Continental Cancer Institute & Radiation Centre utilizes advanced imaging technology making it the top choice in the list of cancer hospitals in Hyderabad.
IG-IMRT (Image Guided- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) to precisely pinpoint and safely guide the radiation beam to the tumor location, while protecting surrounding organs and tissue.
TrueBeamSTx and Discovery 750 HD CT (only one in the state for advanced image-guided Triple F Stereotactic Radiosurgery) to deliver customized radiation therapy with minimal side effects.
Facilities at Continental Cancer Institute
Centre for Breast Health:
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women. Worldwide, one woman is diagnosed with Breast Cancer every 3 minutes. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, every one in 22 women will develop breast cancer within their lifetime. There are different types of breast cancers but the one which begins in the milk duct is the most common type of breast cancer. The cancerous cells in the mammary glands multiply abnormally and develop into a tumor and then begin to attack lymph nodes or are carried to different parts of the body.
Continental Hospitals, guided by some of the top breast cancer specialists in Hyderabad helps spread cancer awareness by conducting Breast cancer education classes for life style modifications, healthy diet, Self Breast Exams etc to prevent Breast Cancer. Treatments to tackle breast cancer available at Continental Cancer Institute & Radiation Centre are:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Bone-directed therapy
Bone Marrow Transplant Centre:
Bone marrow/ Stem Cell Transplant is needed for variety of Blood cancers including Acute & Chronic Leukemias, Hodgkins & Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma and other Hematological conditions. Candidates for Transplant are patients who have high risk cancers, who have relapsed or recurrent Cancers or patients who are refractory to standard treatments.
Stem Cells are new blood cells produced in the Bone Marrow and are obtained by processing Donors venous blood. Bone marrow Transplant involves using high dose chemotherapy to completely deplete the bone marrow and eradicate cancerous stem cells and then replace with cancer free Stem cells from a healthy matched donor.
The 2 main methods of Stem Cell Transplant are:Autologous Stem Cell Transplant: Where patient's own Stem Cells are used with the goal to achieve cure or long term remission.
Allogenic Stem Cell Transplant: Where Stem Cells from Related or Unrelated matched Donors are used. At the Continental Cancer Institute & Radiation Centre, bone marrow transplants are carried out by some of the best oncologists in Hyderabad who have immense experience and skill.
Apheresis Centre: Apheresis is a medical technology which comes under extracorporeal therapy. The blood of a donor or patient is passed through an apparatus that separates out one particular constituent and returns the remainder to the circulation. The different types of Apheresis include:
Plasmapheresis: Indicated for various disorders including the Immune system disorders that include Myasthenia Gravis, Guillian Bare Syndrome, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, HELLP syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis etc.
Leukapheresis: May be performed to decrease very high white blood cell count in patients with acute Leukemia to prevent life threatening complications, and to obtain stem cells for later transplant back into the patient.
Plateletpheresis: This is done for patients with Essential Thrombocythemia( very high Platelet count) to decrease the risk of blood clotting and for Platelet collection from healthy donors to help for platelet transfusions.
Red Cell Exchange: This procedure is indicated for patients with various types of Hemoglobinopathies such as Sickle Cell Crisis etc.
Centre for Rehabilitation:
Our rehabilitation specialist work by certain guidelines that have been designed to increase the recovery pace and quality of life of patients with cancer. Battling cancer demands an indomitable spirit, positive thinking and endless courage. Every oncologist, doctor and nurse at Continental Cancer Institute & Radiation Centre is dedicated to easing this tumultuous journey for our patients. The ancillary services available at our institution like support groups, nutrition and psychological care have been very effective in uplifting and maintaining cheerful attitudes among our cancer patients. The medical teams at our behest are guided by the goal of improving the quality of life of all patients in our care.
Medical Oncology:The Continental Cancer Institute & Radiation Centre features some of the best medical oncologists in Hyderabad. Our highly skilled Medical Oncologists and assisting medical staff treat all types of cancer using evidence-based medicine and standard guidelines taking into consideration the latest advances and internationally approved protocols. Medical Oncology treatments available are:
- Hormonal Therapy
- Biological or Targeted Therapies
Surgical Oncology:Surgical Oncologists at Continental Hospitals diagnose tumors accurately and differentiate aggressive neoplastic lesions from benign reactive processes. Our specialists dedicate most of their time to the extensive study and treatment of malignant neoplastic disease.
Radiation Oncology:Practice of radiation oncology has always been technology dependent. In the last 10-20 years, we have seen technological revolution which enhanced our ability to precisely localize and target tumors while protecting adjacent critical normal organs or structures. In our effort to be at the forefront of this technological revolution, Continental hospital at Gachibowli has acquired the latest and the best equipment in cancer management like TruBeam STx for instance, making it among the most technologically advanced in the list of cancer hospitals in Hyderabad.
- Three-dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
- VMAT (Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy)
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Total and Sub-total Skin Electron Beam Therapy (TSEB)
- Leukemia Unit & Inpatient Chemotherapy
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL)
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)