Cancer Prevention, Adjuvant Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, Survivorship and End of Life Care
Physicians from Sri Shankara and AyurVAID working together to treat cancer patients in an integrative fashion
Preventive Care, Adjuvant to Conventional Treatment, Palliative Care, Rehab, Survivorship and Promotive Health
Hair loss, Nausea, Cachexia, Mucositis, GI issues, Dysphagia, Myelosuppression, Skin issues, Neuropathy, Pain
Sleep, appetite, digestion, bowels, vitality, less stress, better immunity and wellbeing
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.
The Shri Shankara-AyurVAID CIO is located on the ground and third floors of Sharada Kripa Building on the SSCHRC campus.
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.