HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam, is one of the most advanced private comprehensive cancer care centres in Andhra Pradesh. This 50-bedded hospital has a sophisticated treatment setting with all major cancer treatment modalities, such as surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology and haemato oncology along with comprehensive diagnostics made available under a single roof.
Here at HCG, we have an integrated approach towards cancer care, where we equally prioritise both the clinical outcomes and the quality of life among patients. Our care delivery is supported by advanced treatment technology, our clinical expertise and the new-age treatment protocols that we follow. HCG Cancer Centre is the first hospital in Andhra Pradesh to have TrueBeam STx, a superior precision radiation delivery platform.
All the facilities at the HCG Cancer Centre are designed and executed as per the NABH guidelines, 2016, and are a perfect amalgamation of the latest technology available in the oncology space, with highly qualified clinicians.
By providing consistently high quality and result-oriented cancer care treatment, we aim to help every patient receive the right treatment, the first time.
We, at HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam, believe in delivering cancer care that is value-based and patient-centric.
The multidisciplinary treatment approach helps our specialists devise a customised treatment plan for our patients based on their cancer type, stage and their overall condition. In other words, the treatment given will be specific to that patient rather than to that specific cancer type.
The multidisciplinary team at HCG comprises medical, surgical and radiation oncologists along with trained experts in pain management, onco dietetics, onco pathology and psychosocial intervention.
This personalised approach positively impacts the treatment response and recovery among patients.
Diagnosis at HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam
PET-CT: PET-CT is one of the advanced methods of molecular imaging that provides data on both anatomical and biochemical changes. PET-CT imaging helps in diagnosis, staging/restaging, treatment planning, therapy monitoring and relapse evaluation.
X-Ray: X-ray is a common imaging method that helps in detecting structural abnormalities within the body. X-ray scans are helpful in the detection of lung, stomach and kidney cancers.
Mammography: Mammography is an imaging technique that is dedicated to breast cancer detection. Low-dose X-rays are used to look at the breast for the signs of benign or malignant tumours.
Ultrasound Scan: An ultrasound scan is suggested if swelling, pain or any symptoms are witnessed. This scan provides detailed information on the functioning of various internal organs and abnormalities if any.
We also have an in-house laboratory for pathology, histopathology tests, etc., which will help us provide the best diagnostic support to our patients.
Treatment at HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam
Cancers are treated the best with a multimodal approach. Combining two or more treatment modalities could have a positive impact on the effectiveness of the overall therapy and the response shown by patients. At HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam, we have key cancer treatment modalities, such as surgery, radiation therapy, systemic therapies such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy, nuclear medicine and bone marrow transplantation available under a single roof.
Reports show that 80% of cancer patients need radiation therapy at one of their cancer treatments, which makes it one of the pillars of cancer treatment.
The radiation oncology department at HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam, houses the groundbreaking TrueBeam STx, which is the advanced radiation therapy platform that allows doctors to target hard-to-reach tumours. At HCG, the treatments administered are constantly monitored by the expert team, and the comfort of the patients is prioritised at all phases of the treatment.
The centre also has a brachytherapy unit to deliver internal beam radiation therapy. Brachytherapy comes with fewer side effects and allows superior precision radiation delivery. Brachytherapy is used to treat prostate cancers, gynaecological cancers such as cervical and endometrial cancers, head and neck cancers, rectal cancers, etc.
Surgery is one of the pivotal cancer treatment modalities. Surgeries could help with the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of various cancer types. Reconstruction surgeries help in restoring the structure and functioning of the cancer-affected organs and improve the quality of life in patients.
Our surgical oncologists are experts in performing open and minimally invasive surgery for the subspecialties, namely head & neck oncology, uro oncology, gynaecology, orthopaedic oncology, breast oncology, GI oncology, neuro & thoracic oncology.
At the HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam, our specialists are trained and experienced to diagnose, treat and manage a broad spectrum with the help of advanced and innovative therapeutic approaches that increases the chances of positive clinical outcomes.
This department is capable of delivering various cancer treatments like high-dose chemotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy.
These systemic therapies use various mechanisms to destroy the cancer cells throughout the body and help patients lead a better life after the treatment. These treatments are often combined with other treatment modalities for enhanced efficacy of the overall treatment.
The centre also provides outpatient and ambulatory chemotherapy services.
Haemato Oncology and BMT
At HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam, the haematology and BMT department is well-equipped and is supported by skilled haematologists and BMT experts, who are trained to manage multiple haematological disorders, such as myeloma, leukaemia, lymphomas, aplastic anaemia, immune deficiency disorders and certain paediatric cancers through stem cell transplantation.
The centre has dedicated full-fledged BMT suites and neutropenic wards to facilitate autologous and allogeneic BMT procedures.
The nuclear medicine department at HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam, is well-equipped and is enabled to deliver high-end and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment solutions like PET CT imaging, radioactive iodine ablation therapy for thyroid cancers and other thyroid-related disorders.
Palliative Care / End of Life Care
Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with advanced-stage cancers. Palliative care primarily focuses on managing the symptoms caused due to cancer, which could be pain or other discomfort and supporting a better quality of life for the patients.
Infrastructure of HCG Cancer Centre, Visakhapatnam
- This comprehensive cancer centre has 50 beds.
- The centre has day care chemotherapy facility.
- HCG houses a modern and well-equipped SICU/MICU for effective critical care management with a team of dedicated intensivists available round the clock. This ICU also has specialised isolation wards for patients diagnosed with highly infectious medical conditions.
- The centre also has fully-equipped neutropenic wards that support the management of various haematological disorders.
- Palliative care department is also set up at the centre to support symptom management among terminally ill cancer patients and help improve their quality of life.
- We have dedicated unit managers and helplines to ensure that all our patients’ treatment requirements are met and they complete their treatment course without any hassles.
- The centre has an in-house pharmacy (general and oncology).
- The in-house cafeteria serves fresh and nutritious food to the patients, caregivers and visitors.