Day Care Chemotherapy

Day Care Chemotherapy at Oncology India

Day care chemotherapy is a relatively new concept in India. Oncology India is one of the first cancer hospitals to understand its importance and one of the few where the service is available. Most patients do not even require a bed and can receive treatment on a private couch or in a common lounge in an aesthetic setting, often while reading, watching television or surfing mobile applications.

At Oncology India, patients have access to state-of-the-art infrastructure related to chemotherapy and the expertise of verified consultants. All patients are assigned a personal medical oncologist, who supervises the progress of the procedure throughout its duration, under the watch of a dedicated nurse. Other benefits are:

  • Competent and dedicated technicians and nurses
  • No overnight stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Minimal or no disruption to regular routine.
  • Economic advantages

What is Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is one of the most important treatments in all types of cancer. It targets cancer cells with drugs. There are many different types of “chemo” and it different people respond to it in different ways. Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells, but also stops or slows their growth and prevents them from spreading to other parts of the body. Chemotherapy can be a stand-alone treatment or given with other forms of intervention like radiation and surgery. The procedure can also make other treatments more effective.

Side Effects

Depending on your physiology, medical history and type and severity of chemotherapy you may have some of the following side effects. Your doctor will discuss it with you and plan your procedure accordingly:

Blood Count

Chemotherapy can also reduce the patient’s blood count. A low blood count leading weakens the immune system and lead to potential infection.

Blood Sugar

Patients with diabetes should consult a diabetologist prior to starting chemotherapy. The chemicals may make it difficult in controlling blood sugar levels.


Chemotherapy can sometimes affect the ability of women to get pregnant and bear children. It can also affect the reproductive capacity of men. If you want children after your treatment, consult your doctor before undergoing chemotherapy. Women need to undergo what is called a Pap test before staring chemotherapy, which can cause misleading results on a later test.

Hair Loss

You can lose all of your hair as a result of chemotherapy. Ask your doctor in advance if your hair is likely to fall off. Many people use a wig, hats or scarves during and after chemotherapy.


Certain types of chemotherapy may affect the heart. It is better to undergo a heart assessment before treatment so your health care team knows whether chemotherapy causes problems later. A common test is an echocardiogram; it creates a real-time picture of your heart with ultrasound waves.


Nausea and vomiting are common in some types of chemotherapy. Medications can help prevent these conditions in most patients.

Oral Issues

Chemotherapy can also cause sores in the mouth and make it dry. It can also undermine your immune system to some degree. A complete dental check-up and cleaning of the mouth is recommended before you start the treatment.

Physical Discomfort

Depending on physiology different patients can experience various body aches including fatigue, loss of appetite, headaches, stomach pains, soreness in muscles, etc.


Chemotherapy during pregnancy can harm the unborn baby, particularly in the first three months. Hence, if there is a chance you may become pregnant, use effectual birth control. If you get pregnant even after taking preventive measures, your doctor should know immediately.

Importance ofChemotherapy?

Oncology treatment options are decided on the type of cancer, the progression of the disease and the patient’s physiology and medical hjstory. Chemotherapy is common to almost all cancer treatments. The treatment uses special chemicals, which are mostly administered intravenously. They target, reach and kill individual cancer cells. While the initial chemotherapy may require hospitalization, follow-up chemo sessions can be standalone procedures at day care centres.

The importance of chemotherapy day care centres is due to the advances in chemotherapy and the need for timely treatment delivery. Excessive delays in getting appointments are a crucial factor in the rising popularity of chemotherapy day care. Isolating the procedure from the complexity of overall cancer management makes it simple and immensely patient-friendly.

Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology aims to treat cancer patients with the intention of curing the disease or controlling it. Patients are treated with drugs and chemicals that directly target cancer cells or re-enforce the immune system to eradicate the cells. At Oncology India, drug therapies play the central role in comprehensive cancer management. Chemotherapy is especially used to cure the cancer and prevent recurrence.

In cases that require a multi-dimensional approach, the patient is referred to our surgeon and/or radiation oncologist for optimal results. Apart from treating the disease medical oncology also focuses on enhancing the quality of life of the patient. Our medical oncologist is integral to the clinical team, which also includes pathologists and nuclear medicine professionals, which conducts periodic reviews of your treatment plan and your response to it.

Frequently Asked Question?

We urge you to discuss all your concerns regarding your treatment and expected response to therapy with our team of specialists. A clear understanding of procedures will go a long way in mitigating the anxiety as you go through them. Here are the issues most of our patients are concerned about:

  • Is the cancer treatable?
  • What is my best treatment plan and why?
  • How successful will be the treatment plan?
  • What will be cost?
  • What are the side-effects?
  • Are there alternative therapies?