OVERVIEW - Why Surgical Oncology Department at RLJH?

The department of surgical oncology is involved in the surgical management of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions at all sites (with the exception of cancers of the brain and the heart). The department believes in multidisciplinary management of all cancer types. Proving quality care at affordable cost is the goal. The department strives at improving the quality of life and not just cancer control. With a dedicated team of specialists, the department aims to extend its services across all departments.

RLJH is a tertiary referral hospital for the entire district of Kolar and surrounding taluks. The team of surgical oncology at RLJH is oversees the multidisciplinary treatment of all cancer afflicted patients visiting the hospital. The treatment of cancer for most patients (belonging to the below poverty line [BPL]) is free of cost as it is covered under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Hence patients get affordable quality care for cancer. With well-equipped operation theatres and ICUs, major and supra-major surgeries as part of cancer treatment are performed routinely with satisfactory results.


Formulating affordable multidisciplinary holistic oncology care with thrust on cancer survivorship


Amalgamating service, education, and research in cancer care so as to provide evidence and experience-based treatment

  • OPD Services are available
  • OPD Services are available
  • Operation Room
Facilities and Services
The department offers oncological surgical services in head and neck cancers, breast cancers, lung cancers, esophageal and stomach cancers, colorectal cancers, hepatobiliary cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, gynecological cancers and urological cancers.
All patients are evaluated in a multidisciplinary clinic (joint clinic) every Friday to formulate the best treatment plan so as to improve outcomes. Patients who are below poverty line (BPL) can avail the Ayushman Bharat Scheme for treatment.
Illnesses commonly diagnosed and treated in the…….(list of treatment, etc)
  • Head and neck cancers: cancers of the buccal mucosa, tongue, larynx, hypopharynx and thyroid
  • Breast cancers: both early and locally advanced breast cancers
  • Lung cancers and mediastinal tumours
  • Gastrointestinal cancers including esophageal and stomach, colorectal and small bowel cancers and hepatobiliary cancers
  • Soft tissue sarcomas and retroperitoneal sarcomas
  • Gynecological cancers involving the ovaries, uterus, cervix and vulva
  • Urological cancers involving kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate and penis.
Sl. No. Name Designation Qualification
1 Dr K S Gopinath Professor & HoD MBBS, MS, FRCS, FAMS, FICS
2 Dr Sampath Kumar M Consultant, Medical Oncology MBBS, MD, DNB, DM
3 Dr Abhay K Kattepur Assistant Professor MBBS, MS, DNB, MRCS, MCh, DNB
Case 1

A 60-year-old lady with recurrent carcinoma ovary (with peritoneal deposits) post 3 cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy underwent Cytoreductive surgery was done to completely remove the residual disease achieving R0 resection.

Case 2

A 46-year-old lady with recurrent carcinoma left breast involving the sternum and part of the ribs underwent resection of the manubrium, part of the sternal body, and upper 3 ribs and reconstruction with the mesh-cement sandwich.

Case 2

A 45-year-old lady with cancer of the left lower jaw underwent composite resection with segmental mandibulectomy and reconstruction with free fibula flap.

What is cancer?
Cancer refers to the abnormal proliferation of cells within the body.
Why does one get cancer?
Although very difficult to pin point the cause in every patient, the risk factors in most cancers include alcohol and tobacco consumption, excessive consumption of red meat (eg. beef), obesity, lack of physical activity (which indirectly leads to obesity) and genetic or familial causes
What are the common cancers in men and women?
The common cancers in men include lung cancer, oral cavity cancers and prostate cancers. The common cancers in women include breast cancer, cervical cancer and lung cancer.
Is there any association of diet with cancer?
Yes, there is an association of excess consumption of red meat and colorectal cancer. High consumption of salty and processed foods are associated with stomach cancer.
What are warning symptoms of cancer which one should be aware of?
The warning symptoms include:
  • an ulcer or wound that fails to heal.
  • a mole which increases in size, changes color or bleeds/itches.
  • unexplained weight loss associated with loss of appetite.
  • abnormal bleeding from the natural orifices of the body.
  • unexplained diarrhoea or blood in stools.
  • painless enlarging lumps anywhere in the body.