The department of surgical oncology was one of the first standalone unit of its kind in the country started in 1954. The department was nurtured to its present status by the late Dr.S.Krishnamurthy. Currently, the department consists of various divisions specialising in the surgical management of individual organ systems namely head & neck, thoracic, breast, gastro intestinal and hepato-biliary, urology, gynaecology and
The Department of Surgical Oncology caters to nearly 300 patients in the outpatient clinics daily. Around 2200 major surgeries and 4000 minor surgeries are performed annually. About 6500 diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies are being done annually.
The Department of Surgical Oncology has pioneered various innovative and new techniques in the field of cancer surgery including limb salvage surgeries, cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic IntraPeritoneal Chemotherapy [HIPEC],extra- levator APR, Transanal endoscopic microsurgeries, peritonectomy, complex skeletal reconstructions, sentinel node biopsy in carcinoma penis, neo bladder, isolated limb perfusion and photodynamic therapy.
To provide structured training, the Mch programme recognised by Medical Council of India was started for the first time in the country in 1984 at the Cancer Institute.