Day care chemo ward
BCH is a full-fledged cancer hospital with a well-equipped chemotherapy daycare center. Our daycare chemo ward is designed to look after the patients who have been advised short therapies / procedures and do not require night stay in hospital.
Our outpatient clinics offer a wide range of treatment services and diagnostic tests, including minor surgical procedures. Many of our patients are examined and given treatment as outpatients before being admitted to the hospital at a later date as inpatients. When discharged, they may attend the outpatient clinic for follow-up treatment.
Food and beverages
BCH offers good quality and nutritious meals that play a vital role in-patient’s rehabilitation and recovery. Our catering services are cost effective and flexible enough to provide a good choice of nutritional meals that can accommodate patients’ specific dietary requirements and preferences. Our food and beverages are prepared at quality approved standards with equal importance to the hygiene / allergies of the patient / cultural / religious / ethnic requirements along with social / environmental mealtime requirements.
BHIO pharmacy carefully chooses, prepares, stores, compounds and dispenses medications for its patients. Another important aspect is the provision of advice to both patients and other health professionals about the safe and effective use of medicines.
Ambulance / Patient Transport
During a medical emergency, even a few minutes can make a difference between life and death. This initial critical period of definitive medical care is called the “Golden Hour”. BHIO’s ambulances are equipped to provide pre-hospital care to stabilise the patient.
Our Intensive care units cater to patients with severe or life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which require constant care, close supervision from life support equipment and medication in order to ensure normal bodily functions.
Our ICUs are staffed by highly trained physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists who specialize in caring for critically ill patients.
Blood Storage Unit
Our hospital has approved Blood Bank refrigerators located in the Blood Issue room. Our hospital blood bank is responsible for: Rapid response to urgent requests for blood components, checking pre-transfusion samples and requests, assessing immunological compatibility between donor and patient.
Integrative Oncology at BCH is committed to delivering high-quality cancer care. The department focuses on improving the patient’s endurance to receive aggressive cancer treatment by enhancing his/her overall well-being & ensuring that the cancer treatment can be more effective and delivered without treatment delays or interruption.
BCH Dieticians and Nutritionists conduct a full nutrition assessment, understand your food allergies and food preferences, diagnose the dietary and nutrition issues, develop and track a customized Diet and Nutrition Plan for you and help you achieve your health goals. This way you can avoid all your health problems because of a bad diet and can lead a long and happy life.
The best way to fight cancer is to find it early, and that is achieved through timely diagnosis. The process of identifying the right treatment plan for a patient starts with screening, which at BHIO is available for breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer through mammography, PAP smear or PSA for the respective conditions. The process of diagnosing other cancers involves various diagnostic procedures, such as PET CT, CT, MRI and X-ray, which is then followed by evaluation through blood tests, biopsy and liquid biopsy.
An accurate diagnosis can be achieved using digital mammography/MRI. This helps in identifying suspicious lesions more accurately than their historical counterparts. Image-guided biopsies help in reducing false and negative rates.
General radiography exams take images of different parts of the body, such as the chest, foot, hand or even spine. X-rays are relatively quick procedures that require the patient to hold still for only a few minutes at a time. Plain x-ray examinations are radiographs taken of the lungs, skeletal system and soft tissues without the use of contrast medium. X-rays are helpful in constructing images of structures inside the body to detect and stage a tumour. They are also helping in analysing the patient’s response to the cancer treatment.
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for examination of the breasts. It plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them during physical examinations.
An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. It is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. An ultrasound helps to find a tumour by showing the tumour’s exact location in the body and thereby also aids in performing biopsies.
Ultrasound-guided procedures are simply a technique to stimulate the tissue underneath the skin’s surface using high-frequency sound waves. The ultrasound images are taken in real-time to show the movement of internal organs, as well as blood flow. They are considered safe and minimally invasive.
Colour Doppler Flow Imaging (also called triplex ultrasound) is an enhanced form of Doppler ultrasound technology. In a procedure similar to duplex ultrasound, it uses colour to highlight the direction of blood flow. Doppler ultrasound tests are used to help our healthcare professionals find out if you have a condition that is reducing or blocking your blood flow. Its enhanced sensitivity helps in detecting cancer lesions and predicting the malignancy.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
CT scan is a diagnostic procedure that can show a tumour’s shape, size, and location. This scan can even show the blood vessels that feed the tumour. A CT scan can be used to visualise nearly all parts of the body and is also helpful in planning medical, surgical or radiation treatment for cancer cases. CT scans also help in monitoring the treatment response among cancer patients.
This is a procedure performed by the BHIO radiologist to obtain a small tissue sample through a needle. This is done to make an accurate diagnosis and plan future management. This is a minimally-invasive procedure and is an alternative to an open surgical biopsy.
CT-Guided Procedures are an excellent, minimally-invasive alternative to surgery. Common procedures that use CT guidance include biopsies of lesions, drain placement into fluid collections and radiofrequency ablation of a tumour. CT-Guided procedures are generally very safe and quick, and can usually be performed with minimal discomfort using moderate sedation.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Positron emission tomography (PET) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure that measures the metabolic activity of the cells of body tissues. PET is actually a combination of nuclear medicine and biochemical analysis. PET helps to visualise the biochemical changes taking place in the body, such as metabolism. This procedure helps detect abnormal metabolic activity by cancer cells within the body. PET is most often used by our oncologists at BHIO, neurologists and neurosurgeons, and cardiologists.