About the Department
The Division of Medical Oncology at KMC Manipal was set up in 1993 by Professor Joseph Thomas under the wings of the General Medicine department and has been providing state of the art oncological services to the patients from all the neighboring districts and across the state. The independent Department of Medical Oncology was established in the year 2013 under Professor Karthik Udupa and now is a full-fledged department providing DM training program to students from all over the country. The department has been an integral part of the Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Center (MCCCC) from its inception. The department aims to provide comprehensive holistic state of the art oncological care for all solid tumors and hematological malignancies including Autologous Bone marrow transplantation facilities. The department now registers about 2000 patients per month and provides day care and inpatient chemotherapy to more than 1000 patients per month. The department also provides treatment with immunotherapy, targeted therapy, oral and metronomic chemotherapy; performs procedures like bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, lumbar punctures, ascitic tapping, pleural tapping and also handles chemoport care and supports in HIPEC treatment. The department has separate male and female inpatient wards and also has an ICU set up to provide the most sterile and aseptic conditions to treat patients with myelosuppressive chemotherapy and patients with febrile neutropenia. The department is active in the Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards and the faculty moderate the hematological malignancies and Thoracic oncology board as per the national and international guidelines. The department has actively participated in social activities in providing awareness about various cancers and in screening programs in the community. The department conducts World cancer Day, Breast cancer awareness month and various similar cancer related activities every year to encourage patient and public participation.
Our medical oncology department is an integral part of the Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre (MCCCC) with surgical, medical, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine and palliative care physicians under one roof. Ours is the only comprehensive cancer care center in this part of the state; and provides vast exposure to a variety of oncological cases. Since the department has always focused on providing quality patient care, this department’s training will enable residents to imbibe this value in their practice. As the management is as per the standard guidelines, residents will get good exposure and develop a well-rounded approach to a systematic evaluation of patients and their management.
The DM Medical program was started in the year of 2020 and the department has two sanctioned recognized seats every year now. The department boasts of four full time national level teaching faculty with vast clinical and academic experience.
Oncology is a rapidly expanding field with path-breaking research avenues opening up in every subspecialty. Our center is an ESMO accredited comprehensive cancer care center with multiple ongoing national and international collaborative research projects. We also have an allied Lifesciences section and basic sciences center within our University, allowing interdepartmental cooperation for applied clinical research projects in a wide variety of topics.
Dr. Aju Mathew has been an adjunct faculty in the department and is presently working as a consultant medical oncologist at the Ernakulum Medical Centre, Kerala. He has been constantly participating in the various CMEs and conferences held in Manipal.
Ms Prathika Sherigar
The department provides comprehensive oncological care to all patients irrespective of their socio-economic status through the Government run schemes, cancer care funds and philanthropic donations.
The department has been successfully running the OP/daycare and inpatient treatment for solid tumors and hematological malignancies, including autologous bone marrow transplantations. Several procedures like lumbar puncture and intrathecal chemotherapy, access of chemo-port devices, ascitic/pleural tapping, bone marrow aspiration/biopsy and insertion of central lines are also done in the department on regular basis.
The department is actively involved in many Phase III and Phase IV trials
1. Halving Time of BCR-ABL1 in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Is It Better Than Day-90 Value—A Multicenter Study from South India. SV Karpurmath, A Seshachalam, K Selvaraj, P Rajamani, N Reddy, K Udupa; Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia 20 (5), e205-e211
2. Barriers and opportunities of oncofertility practice in nine developing countries and the emerging Oncofertility Professional Engagement Network. M Salama, L Ataman-Millhouse, F Sobral, G Terrado, A Scarella, K Udupa; JCO Global Oncology 6, 369-374
3. Installing oncofertility programs for common cancers in limited resource settings (Repro-Can-OPEN Study): An extrapolation during the global crisis of Coronavirus (COVID-19); M Salama, L Ataman-Millhouse, M Braham, K Berjeb, M Khrouf, K Udupa; Journal of assisted reproduction and genetics 37 (7), 1567-1577
4. Quality of sleep in patients with cancer: A cross-sectional observational study. Pai A, Sivanandh B, Udupa K. Indian journal of palliative care. 2020 Jan;26(1):9.
5. Mailankody S, Bajpai J. How I Treat sarcomas during COVID-19 pandemic: Caught between the devil and the deep sea! Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2020; 41:299-302
The department received the ESMO accreditation on behalf of the Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at ESMO 2019 held at Spain.