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Surgical Oncology

For patients with solid tumors the first line of treatment is surgery. It is often the only form of treatment for some patients, while others may require surgery in combination with radiation or in combination with chemotherapy. Even when surgery is not curative as in cases of advanced cancer, it can bring down the pain and other symptoms caused by the disease. RCC undoubtedly leads the country in surgical oncology.

The Division of Surgical Oncology is the first of its kind in Kerala established in 1983 to provide state of the art in surgical care to oncology patients. Our team of experienced surgeons with diverse expertise provides specialized care focusing on head and neck cancers including skull base tumors, breast cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies including hepatobiliary cancers, gynecological cancers, urological cancers and bone & soft tissue tumors.

Recognizing the relationship between frequency of performing an operation and outcome, each surgeon in the Division focuses his or her clinical practice on the management of cancers of one or two organ sites. The vast experience of conducting more than 3000 major surgical procedures annually has significantly improved the technical excellence, in turn leading to improved surgical outcomes and quality of life for the patients.


  • Cancers that lead to surgical removal of breasts can be traumatic to any woman. At RCC, surgeons are sensitive enough to not only conserve but also reconstruct breasts using flaps or implants alongside mastectomy. Breast reconstructions are done immediately or at a later date.
  • Surgeries for cancers of esophagus , stomach and colorectum are done in a minimally invasive manner.
  • RCC offers sophisticated surgeries for renal tumors and urinary bladder cancer.
  • Surgeries for advanced gynaecological malignancies as well as LEEP procedures for precancerous lesions of cervix are available.
  • Our surgical expertise extends to limb salvage procedures for bone and soft tissue tumors of extremities.
  • Composite resections for head and neck cancers with reconstruction using microvascular free / regional flaps are probably the best in the country.

The Division offers a variety of training programmes in surgical oncology which include

1 MCh Surgical Oncology 6 seats
2 Fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery 1 seat
3 Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncologic Surgery 1 seat

In addition training in surgical oncology is given to post graduates in general surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, oral & maxilla facial surgery from various medical colleges in South India.

We have an active research programme with participation in a multitude of multi-centre national & international clinical trials aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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