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Top Hospitals for Chemotherapy in Bangalore

Apollo Hospital

Sheshadripuram, Bangalore

200 Beds


  • The Hospital focuses on High-End Cardiology Procedures, Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery, Dedicated Heart Failure Centre
  • Hospital has advanced state of the art machines for Precision surgeries.
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Dr. CN Patil

Medical Oncologist

5 Years of practice

Manipal Hospital

Domlur, Bangalore

600 Beds


  • Manipal Hospitals is well known for its quality of care, particularly in South India.
  • The Hospital offers comprehensive care in over 30 specialties.
  • Ranked amongst the Top 10 multispecialty hospitals in India.
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Dr. Amit Rauthan

Consultant Medical Oncologist

17 Years of practice

BGS Global Hospital

Kengeri, Bangalore

500 Beds


  • A multi-specialty & multi-organ transplant center with exceptional healthcare services.
  • First to perform 500 Computer Assisted Knee Replacement in Karnataka.
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Dr Harish P

Medical Oncologist

10 Years of practice

Narayana Multispeciality Hospital

HSR Layout, Bangalore

130 Beds


  • The Hospital offers complete primary & emergency care.
  • It is equipped with latest technology.
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Aster CMI Hospital

Hebbal, Bangalore

500 Beds


  • Hospital has Centres of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, Gastroenterology Sciences, Surgery and Allied Specialties, Integrated Liver Care, Orthopaedics.
  • Hospital provides serene environment, spacious interiors and advanced facilities that is conducive to healing.
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Dr. Vijay Agarwal

Lead & Sr. Consultant - Medical Oncology & Haematology

14 Years of practice

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About Chemotherapy

The term Chemotherapy is used to describe cancer-killing drugs. Chemotherapy may be used to cure cancer, shrink cancer, prevent cancer from spreading or relieve symptoms of cancer that may be causing. Alternative names for chemotherapy can be Cancer chemotherapy, Cancer drug therapy or Cytotoxic chemotherapy.

Your doctor may use one or more approaches to diagnose cancer:
  • Physical exam
  • Imaging tests like CT scan, bone scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, ultrasound and X-ray, among others
  • Biopsy

Once cancer is diagnosed, your doctor will work to determine the extent (stage) of your cancer. Your doctor uses your cancer's stage to determine your treatment options and your chances for a cure.

Cancer stages are generally indicated by Roman numerals — I through IV, with higher numerals indicating more advanced cancer.
Depending on the type of cancer and where it is found, chemotherapy drugs may be given in different ways, including:
  • Injections or shots into the muscles
  • Injections or shots under the skin
  • Into an artery
  • Into a vein (intravenous, or IV)
  • Pills taken by mouth
  • Shots into the fluid around the spinal cord or brain

Different Types of Chemotherapy Include:

  • Standard chemotherapy, which works by killing cancer cells and some normal cells.
  • Targeted treatment and immunotherapy zero in on specific targets (molecules) in or on cancer cells.
Doctors often treat early-stage cancer without chemotherapy. Surgery followed by radiation therapy is standard for many early-stage cancers, including breast cancer. A treatment strategy will be recommended based on the type and stage of cancer. When chemotherapy is given over a longer period, a thin catheter can be placed into a large vein near the heart. This is called a central line. The catheter is placed during a minor surgery. There are many types of catheters, including:
  • Central venous catheter
  • Central venous catheter with a port
  • Percutaneously inserted central catheter (PICC)

A central line can stay in the body over a long period of time. It will need to be flushed on a weekly to monthly basis to prevent blood clots from forming inside the central line.

Different chemotherapy drugs may be given at the same time or after each other. Radiation therapy may be received before, after, or during chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is most often given in cycles. These cycles may last 1 day, several days, or a few weeks or more. There will usually be a rest period when no chemotherapy is given between each cycle. A rest period may last for days, weeks, or months. This allows the body and blood counts to recover before the next dose. Often, chemotherapy is given at a special clinic or at the hospital. Some people are able to receive chemotherapy in their home. If home chemotherapy is given, home health nurses will help with the medicine and IVs. The person getting the chemotherapy and their family members will receive special training.
Side Effects of Chemotherapy:  Because these medicines travel through the blood to the entire body, chemotherapy is described as a bodywide treatment. As a result, chemotherapy may damage or kill some normal cells. These include bone marrow cells, hair follicles, and cells in the lining of the mouth and the digestive tract. When this damage occurs, there can be side effects. Some people who receive chemotherapy:
  • Are more likely to have infections
  • Become tired more easily
  • Bleed too much, even during everyday activities
  • Feel pain or numbness from nerve damage
  • Have a dry mouth, mouth sores, or swelling in the mouth
  • Have a poor appetite or lose weight
  • Have an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Lose their hair
  • Have problems with thinking and memory ("chemo brain")

Side effects of chemotherapy depend on many things, including the type of cancer and which drugs are being used. Each person reacts differently to these drugs. Some newer chemotherapy drugs that better target cancer cells may cause fewer or different side effects.

Your health care provider will explain what you can do at home to prevent or treat side effects. These measures include:
  • Being careful with pets and other animals to avoid catching infections from them
  • Eating enough calories and protein to keep your weight up
  • Preventing bleeding, and what to do if bleeding occurs
  • Eating and drinking safely
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water

You will need to have follow-up visits with your provider during and after chemotherapy. Blood tests and imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRI, CT, or PET scans will be done to:

  • Monitor how well the chemotherapy is working
  • Watch for damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood, and other parts of the body

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