Sri Shankara AyurVAID Centre for Integrative Oncology (SSAVCIO)

Cancer Prevention, Adjuvant Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, Survivorship and End of Life Care

SSAVCIO - Key highlights


The “Sri Shankara-AyurVAID Centre for Integrative Oncology” (SS-AV CIO) has been set up jointly by Sri Shankara Hospital & Research Centre (SSCHRC) and AyurVAID Hospitals within the SSCHRC premises in Bangalore. This is perhaps for the first time in India that such a dedicated facility with comprehensive integrative care will be made available to cancer patients. Primary cancer management spanning prevention, adjuvant care, rehabilitation, and survivorship shall be appropriately supported by classical Ayurveda medical care in a unique, patient-centric, protocols-driven care model. Quality of Life (QoL) of cancer patients is impacted on two counts:

The disease itself and the cancer-directed-therapy (CDT). Increasingly, globally, integrative palliative care is being initiated in parallel with the CDT to improve tolerance, to reduce side effects, and to maximise longevity with enhanced QoL. An enhanced definition of QoL also means the presence of positive factors (presence of good sleep, appetite, excretion, state of mind, energy levels, normal skin and hair, etc.) as opposed to merely ensuring the absence of (negative) side effects.

A deeper, integrative approach is required that takes into account the different cancer types, its stage, the manifested symptoms, and to address the root-cause disease and wellbeing influencing factors such as inflammation, cancer proliferation factors, and gut metabolism.

“Integrative Oncology combines conventional medicine, complementary medicine (Ayurveda and Yoga in this case), diet, and lifestyle approaches in a manner that is comprehensive, personalized, evidence-informed, and safe in order to achieve optimal health and healing across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment 1″.

It is this enhanced vision of cancer care that the Sri Shankara-AyurVAIDCentre for Integrative Oncology (SS-AV CIO)seeks to realize leading to higher longevity with well-being in body-mind-spirit dimensions for Cancer patients.

The SS-AV CIO shall also progressively undertake preventive and palliative care initiatives at home and community levels.

Facilities at SSAVCIO


The Shri Shankara-AyurVAID CIO is located on the ground and third floors of Sharada Kripa Building on the SSCHRC campus.

  • Consultation Rooms on the ground floor of Sharada Kripa Building
  • Full-fledged Panchakarma theatres to render classical, precision Kerala Ayurveda therapies in Sai Kripa Building, 3rd Floor
  • Comfortable recovery rooms, where necessary, for patients to rest post-therapies availed on out-patient/day-care basis, in Sai Kripa Building, 3rd Floor
  • In-patient rooms primarily for Ayurveda medical management in SSCHRC main block
  • Adjuvant care provided at bedside in SSCHRC main block
  • Medicine Preparation Room to prepare fresh medicines and dietary inputs for therapies as well as selectively for internal consumption
  • Kitchen for personalized Ayurveda diet shall commence soon
About AyurVAID Hospitals

AyurVAID is India’s 1st NABH accredited Ayurveda hospital, and the 1st and Only National Quality Award winner from the Ayurveda sector. With a total of 4 hospitals that are NABH accredited and 1 that is JCI (American Standards) accredited, AyurVAID is the pioneer and leader in quality systems driven, precision Ayurveda medical care. Patient-Safety is a key and abiding commitment. AyurVAID offers insurance approved cashless Ayurveda medical care (subject to policy T&C) for serious diseases across its 8 hospitals spread over Bengaluru, Kochi, Gurugram, and Almora (in the Himalayas). The AyurVAID team comprises of highly qualified Ayurveda physicians and nurses trained to respond to the special needs of Cancer patients. AyurVAID has treated over 125,000 patients across medical specialties to date since its inception in 2005 and remains committed to mainstream Ayurveda as an evidence-based system of medical care serving all sections of society.

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