Treatment of bone and soft tissue cancer patients at Sarvadnya Clinic have a multidisciplinary approach similar to other disciplines in Oncology, wherein a multidisciplinary team consisting of dedicated Orthopaedic Cancer Surgeons, Musculoskeletal Radiologists, Nuclear Medicine Specialist, Interventional Radiologists, Pathologists, Medical Oncology Consultants and Radiation Oncology Consultants administer the treatment. Limb salvage surgery, a need of the hour treatment, is routinely done here in collaboration with plastic and reconstructive surgeons trained in Musculoskeletal Oncology. If the patient is diagnosed at an early stage and the cancer is localized, then it is resectable with good margin and non-cancerous till date, with a functioning limb in addition to life can be offered.
Oncology Diagnostic Tools
The most important diagnostic tool remains the clinical history of the patient. Common symptoms that point towards cancer include fatigue, weight loss, unexplained anemia, fever of unknown origin etc.Oncology depends on diagnostic tools like biopsy or removal of bits of the tumour tissue and examining it under the microscope. Other diagnostic tools include endoscopy for the gastrointestinal tract, imaging studies like X-rays, CT scanning, MRI scanning, ultrasound and other radiological techniques, Scintigraphy, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography, Positron emission tomography and nuclear medicine techniques etc.
A system that can manage patient treatment schedules, treatment plans, treatment delivery, treatment summaries, and results is inevitable. An oncology information system (OIS) can be used to manage these data. This OIS will encompass the information exchange between radiation therapy departments and the overall healthcare enterprise. Particle therapy departments utilize many information systems. For medical safety purposes, patient demographic information and treatment data should be shared among these systems. The OIS must be connected with other hospital information systems (HISs, e.g., electronic medical records). All HISs should share radiation treatment information. This information may be transmitted transparently by each device. Evaluating and improving the quality of radiation therapy requires complete information on cancer stage and treatment results. Hospital-based registries are a key tool. The development of information systems requires standardization for rapid development and ease of integration. Standardization also facilitates preparation and reduces the test time. For standardization there are some standards (such as Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine-Radiotherapy (DICOM-RT) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)). By using these standards we can easily share the patient data. And this interoperability will lead to improved medical safety and professional effectiveness.