The Department of Surgical Oncology caters the surgical need of the Government Arignar Anna Memorial cancer Hospital with its outpatient, inpatient, diagnostic, operative, post-operative and palliative care services.
The Department is receiving patients from all over Tamil Nadu and mainly from a Districts of Kancheepuram,Chengalpattu, Tiruvellore, Vellore and Thiruvannamalai. The patients are referred from Taluk, District Head quarters and from private practitioners. At our out-patient service, we do clinical examination, investigations and evaluated patient both for surgical and non-surgical management.
Biopsies are the mainstay of oncological investigations. All kind of Biopsies is done here. We incorporate bio-chemical, pathological, Radiological investigation before final diagnosis and staging. The same is presented at tumor board for at tumor board for appropriate management.
23% of sanctioned beds are allotted to surgical oncology (66 beds) and our bed occupancy is 100% and the Hospital stay is around 20 to 25 days. The patient with carcinoma Breast occupies 90% of the bed and 10% being other malignancies.
The department is functioning with well-equipped with two major Theatres with adequate manpower and ansesthetists. All the major and minor oncological surgeries are done here for example:
Breast Modified Radical Mastectomy,Stomach: Total and sub-total gastrectomy,Pancreas – Nhiples procedure
Small and Large Intestine: Hemicolectomy,Ano Rectum: Anterior resection, abdominal perined resection
Oral cavity: composite resection,Secondary Neck: Radical and Modified Neck dissections.
All the patients are followed with needed investigation.Al;l the recurrences, metastasis are identified and appropriate management is initiated.
Patient need palliative care at advanced and end stage diseases. Emergency Trachostomy, Abdomino-centesis, Thoroco-centests, divertion colostomy, feeding jejunostomy also done as a part of palliative care.
The Department is well organized with trained Health professionsals including surgical oncologists. The Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme is meticulously executed and taken care of all insured people. The Government has sanctioned to acquire newer equipment and the Department has got plan to introduce Laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries.