Department of Anaesthesiology
The Department of Anaesthesiology provides state-of-the-art anaesthesia care, pain management, and life support to patients undergoing cancer treatment at Action Cancer Hospital. The unit is managed by a team of anaesthesiologists, nurses, and operators with years of experience in the relevant field.
Anaesthetics/drugs used for giving anaesthesia to control pain during a surgery may affect the outcome of the treatment and progress of the disease in a long run; therefore, recommendations by our anaesthesiologists are made only after a thorough analysis of the patient’s treatment history, involving taking the type of cancer, the mode of cancer treatment, medication, and the affected area/organ of the body into consideration.
Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy usually undergo surgery at some point in time during the course of the treatment. Necessary precautions are taken while giving anaesthesia in such cases, since chemotherapy has a great influence on anaesthetic management, including the choice of anaesthetic drugs and anaesthesia, local, regional, or general.
Our experienced anaesthesiologists, after carefully assessing the functioning and toxic effects of the chemotherapy agents, decide on the appropriate anaesthesia method that doesn’t cause any harm in a long run. The team takes the anatomic and physiologic effects of chemotherapy agents in the body into consideration to evaluate how they will affect the oncologic patients receiving anaesthesia and the overall treatment.
Types of Anaesthesia
Anaesthesia is used to control/reduce pain during a surgery or medical procedure by means of medicine, called anaesthetics. Depending on the cancer type, its spread and location (affected organ), scale of surgery, etc., anaesthesiologists could use one of the following methods to give anaesthesia:
1) Local Anaesthesia
- Numbs a small part of the body
- Used for minor surgical procedures, e.g., to give the shot of medicine directly into the surgical area to minimise pain
- Patients is awake during the procedure
2) Regional Anaesthesia
- Used for blocking pain in a large part/area of the body
- Patients may be given additional medicine for relaxation or sleep
- Peripheral Nerve Block—this method is used to block pain around a specific nerve or group of nerves. It is usually used for surgical procedures on the hands, arms, legs, feet, and face.
- Epidural and Spinal Anaesthesia—this method is used to block pain in the spinal cord and nerves that are connected to it. It blocks pain from an entire region of the body, such as, hip, belly, or legs.
3) General Anaesthesia
- Affects the brain and the rest of the body
- Patients feel unconscious during the procedure
- No feeling of pain
Under the effect of some anaesthetics, patients may continue breathing