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Oncology Overview

Established in 1957, Valavadi Narayanasamy Cancer Center, the Oncology Department of GKNM Hospital has been one of the forerunners of Cancer Healthcare in South India. Well known in the region for its ethical Cancer Treatment and empathetic patient care, we offer the entire spectrum of holistic Cancer Care Treatment under one roof. Our services have benefited more than two lakh cancer patients and their families over the past 64 years. Being one of the best Cancer Hospital in Coimbatore, we are equipped with world-class facilities to diagnose and treat cancer.

  • Our Cancer Therapy provides a multi-modality approach, a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy to achieve an optimal cancer cure. Multidisciplinary oncology care is being provided to all our patients since 2006 in our multispeciality hospital.
  • Multidisciplinary teams catering to specific organ systems were established in the year 2009 helping in a more focused approach and contributing to the overall improvement in the Cancer care delivered.


Multidisciplinary Clinics

  • Head and Neck
  • Breast
  • Gynaecology
  • Gastrointestinal (GIT)
  • Haematology
  • Sarcoma
  • Paediatrics

Core diagnostic services

  • Pathology and laboratory medicine
  • Radiodiagnosis
  • Nuclear medicine

Core cancer treatment services

  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant Unit
  • Palliative care
  • Clinical research and trials

Ancillary/ supportive services

  • Community and preventive oncology
  • Home care services
  • Multidisciplinary daily tumor board meeting
  • Virtual tumor board
  • Cancer Genetics clinic
  • Day care chemotherapy facility
  • Patient counseling services and wellness clinics
  • Lymphedema clinic
  • Stoma clinic
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition counseling


Sub Specialties

Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Medicines, in addition to radiation therapy and surgery are an integral part of the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients. They play a vital role in curing or controlling the disease.

The specialists follow accepted standard guidelines in treating cancer patients as follows:

  • With close to 2 decades of experience, the Medical Oncology department provides preventive,curative and palliative care for patients with cancer.
  • Diagnostic workup and treatment of adult and paediatric solid tumours.
  • Treatment of cancers with the latest drugs including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biologic therapy, molecular targeted therapy and immunotherapy.
  • Modes of administration include intramuscular,intravenous, subcutaneous, intra-thecal, intra-peritoneal chemotherapy.
  • Daycare chemotherapy for the convenience of patients.
  • A seperate Pediatric Oncology ward for children with cancer.
  • Specialised care for neutropenic patients.
  • Therapeutic procedures including pleural and ascitic fluid drainage, intravesical chemo/immunotherapy and intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
  • Well experienced in use of chemoports, central lines and peripheral lines.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology

Radiotherapy is a major curative treatment modality and an integral part of cancer treatment. Nearly 60-70% of all cancer patients will require radiotherapy as a part of their treatment.


The specialists follow accepted standard guidelines in treating cancer patients as follows:

  • State-of-the-art Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator for advanced external radiation treatments.
  • multichannel Nucletron microSelectron HDR brachytherapy for internal radiotherapy
  • Dedicated CT simulator.
  • The department utilizes latest & advanced radiotherapy techniques like RapidArc, IGRT/IMRT, SRS/SBRT, 3DCRT, Image guided brachytherapy which dramatically increases the safety of radiotherapy, reduces the side effects and improves control rates.

Medical Physics, an integral part of the department of Radiation Oncology comprises of a Chief Physicist / RSO and three Medical Physicists. Their primary work includes advanced radiation treatment planning for cancer patients, maintenance, quality assurance, commissioning and decommissioning of radiation equipments.

Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology Department has team of experienced and qualified Surgical Oncologists for the management of cancer patients.

Their services are backed by skilled anaesthesiologists and post operative nursing care. Surgical oncology offers surgical procedures with least morbidity.

Following are few of them:

  • Sub total esophagectomy with two field dissection. Performed 250 cases so far.
  • Sphincter preserving rectal cancer surgery (Low / Ultra low anterior resection)
  • Breast conservation surgery with sentinel node biopsy to avoid lymphedma (swelling of upper limbs).
  • Minimal invasive procedures for colo-rectal and uterine cancer.
  • Laryngectomy and laryngo tracheal resections.
  • Major oral resections and reconstruction with micro vascular flap.
  • Major thyroid surgeries with tracheal reconstruction.
  • Genito urinary surgeries like radical / partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer, radical cystectomy with neo bladder reconstruction for urinary bladder cancer.
  • Limb salvage surgeries for soft tissue and bone sarcomas.
  • Penile cancer surgery with sentinel node dissection for Inguinal Nodes.
  • Staging laparatomy for cancer of uterus (Endometrium) and ovaries.
  • Wertheim’s hysterectomy for carcinoma cervix.


Haemato Oncology
  • 8 bedded low count ward for management of neutropenic patients.
  • Stem cell unit includes a separate apheresis unit for collection of stem cell, stem cell storage with cryopreservation facility.
  • Unit includes 4 fully functional HEPA filtered beds.
  • We also offer Chemotherapy Day Care facility, comprehensive services for diagnosis and treatment of anaemia and other benign blood disorders.

The Division of Haematology treats people with blood disorders.

Following are few of them:

  • Adult and pediatric malignant and benign haematological disorders
    • blood cancer including Acute leukemias, Multiple myeloma, CML, CLL, lymphomas etc, histiocytic disorders including LCH, HLH etc,
    • anemia including hemoglobinopathies like thalassemia, sickle cell disease,
    • bleeding disorders including congenital coagulation and platelet function disorders,
    • thrombotic disorder like DVT, PTE evaluation and management and
    • Primary immunodeficiency disorders including SCID, CVID and others.
  • Stem cell transplant treatment for leukemias, lymphomas, Myeloma, hemoglobinopathies and Primary immunodeficiency disorders.
  • Stem cell transplant center performs autologous and allogeneic stem cell treatment including half match (Haplo) transplant which only very few centers around the country has performed.

Clinical Research & Trial

Clinical Research Trials

Clinical Research & Trial

V N CANCER CENTER started its clinical research services in 2008. We provide clinical research services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology product development from Phase I to Phase IV.  G.Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital has an efficient PI group Specialities in major therapeutic areas like Oncology, Cardiology and Endocrinology.

Investigator Initiated Trials

Medical Oncology

A Prospective, Multicenter, Observational Study Examining The clinical Utility Of Canscript In Routine Clinical Practice” – Dr.A.Rajkumar

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Agency Sponsored Trials

Medical Oncology

Aspirin for Dukes C and High Risk Dukes B colorectal cancers-An international, Multi centre, Double blind, Randomized Placebo Controlled Phase III Trial – INDOX, Dr.B.Sivanesan

Radation Oncology

  • Resource sparing curative treatment for Rectal Cancer – IAEA, Dr. M. Nagarajan
  • A randomized multicenter trial of accelerated hypo – vs. normo–fractionated radiotherapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (IAEA-HYPNO trial) – IAEA, M. Nagarajan
  • Role of Human Papillomavirus Infection and other co-factors in the Aetiology of Head and Neck cancer India and Europe – WHO/IARC/ICMR, M. Nagarajan
Company Sponsored Trials

Medical Oncology

  • Prospective, multi-centre, randomized, open-label, two-arm, parallel group, active control, comparative clinical study to evaluate efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of XXXXX/ Avastin™ when given intravenously in patients with Metastatic colorectal cancer – Dr. B. Sivanesan
  • A Multi-center, randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled, phase-2 trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of two concentrations of topical povidone-iodine nail solution (VBP-926) for the treatment of chemotherapy-associated paronychia in cancer patient– Dr. B. Sivanesan
  • A Phase II/III Pivotal, Open-label, Randomized, 3Arm Study to Assess the Efficacy of LNP3794 Monotherapy or in Combination with Docetaxel, Compared with Docetaxel Alone, in Patients with RAS Mutation Positive Locally Advanced and Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – Dr. B. Sivanesan
  • Prospective, multi-centre, randomized, open-label, two arm, parallel group, active-control, comparative clinical study to evaluate efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of XXXX/ Herceptin®(HerclonTM) when given intravenously in patients with Metastatic HER2-Over expressing Breast Cancer – Dr. A. Rajkumar

Radation Oncology

A Phase III, open-label,Randomized, Multi-center study of the effects of Leukocyte Interleukin, injection[xxxxxx} plus standard of care (Surgery + Radiotherapy or Surgery+Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy) in subjects with Advanced primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the oral cavity/Soft palate versus standard of care only – CEL SCI, Dr. M. Nagarajan

Heamato Oncology

  • Observational Follow up for patient who has received BCD-020 (rituximab, CJSC BIOCAD, Russia) / Mabthera for CD20-positive indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma in BIORIX study –
    Dr. B. Sivanesan
  • A Phase 3 Randomized, Controlled, Open-Label Study of Selinexor, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone (SVD) versus Bortezomib and Dexamethasone (Vd) in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma (RRMM) – Dr. B. Sivanesan
  • SADAL: A Phase 2b Open-label Study of Selinexor (KPT-330) in Patients with Relapsed/ Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) – Dr. B. Sivanesan
Treatment & Procedures
Difficult Airway

The anesthetists are trained in assessing and managing patients with difficult airway and the department is well equipped with advanced difficult airway equipments such as

  • Flexible Intubation Video Scope (Fibreoptic)
  • Video laryngoscope
  • Intubating LMA (Fastrac)
  • Proseal & Classic LMA

Team of Doctors

Dr.B. Sivanesan

MBBS, MD-RT, DM-Medical Oncology, DNB

Chairman Dept of Oncology & Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr.A. Raj Kumar

MBBS , MD-(RT, DM – Oncology)

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr.M. Nagarajan


Director for Research & Development – VNCC

Dr.P. Arulraj

MBBS, MS, MNAMS, DNB, MRCS-Edin, M.Ch-Surg onc

HOD – Surgical Oncology

Dr. Latha Balasubramani


Consultant Gynae – Oncosurgeon

Dr.R. Mohan Raj

MBBS, MS-Gen.Sur, M.Ch -Surgical Oncology

Consultant Surgical Oncologist

Dr.Praveen Ravishankaran


Consultant Gynae – Oncosurgeon

Dr.R. Venkatesan

MBBS, MS., DNB -Surg.Onco

Consultant Surgical Oncologist

Dr. C. Anand Narayan


Chief of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Karthiga Sivaprakasam


Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Dr.L. Ajeitha

MBBS., MD., Fellow in Hemato onco

Consultant – Paediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant



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