Surgical Oncology

The Department of Surgical Oncology, Kasturba Medical College was established in 1992 and is one of the earliest Surgical Oncology departments in this part of the state. The department has grown strength to strength, abreast with latest developments and moving towards the goal of adequate cancer surgery along with function/organ preservation in tune with the internationally accepted treatment standards and guidelines. It is an internationally acclaimed centre for cancer treatment and research, catering to the needs of people of the state of Karnataka and adjoining parts of Kerala and Goa. The department has several innovative and pioneering works in cancer control, treatment, research and training to its credit. The department provides a thorough surgical care, starting with establishing the diagnosis, through comprehensive staging of the tumour, oncologically sound surgery and high standards of post-operative care. The department is located in the Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Centre and Research block and is a part of Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre (MCCCC) with full-fledged departments of Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Paediatric Oncology, Palliative Medicine and Nuclear Medicine and supported by allied services such as Plastic surgery, Critical care medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Microbiology, Nutrition and Transfusion Medicine.

On an average, 900 major oncological surgeries are performed by the department in a year.  The spectrum of surgeries includes basic, advanced and supra major complex resections and reconstructions. Routine operations include procedures for head and neck (including Thyroid and Salivary Gland tumors), breast and gynecological cancers (Ovary, Cervix and Endometrial cancers).  Major procedures performed are all types of Esophageal cancer surgeries, Hepato-pancreatico-biliary cancer surgeries (Liver, Bile duct and Pancreatic tumors), upper and lower Gastrointestinal cancer surgeries (Stomach, Colon and Rectal Cancers), Thoracic cancer surgeries (Lung, Trachea, Mediastinal neoplasms Including Thymus gland tumor), Limb salvage surgery (Bone and soft tissue tumors), Hyper-thermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) and Pelvic exenterations etc. Minimally invasive cancer surgeries include advanced laparoscopic and thoracoscopic (VATS-Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery) surgeries.

YouTube Video-link for surgical oncology procedures

Areas of Expertise

  • Thoracoscopic (VATS) surgery – Esophageal cancer, Lung and Mediastinal tumors
  • Laparoscopic surgery- Stomach, Pancreas, Colorectal, Gynecological and Urological cancers
  • TAMIS- Trans-anal Minimally invasive surgery for early rectal cancers
  • Inter-sphincteric resection (ISR) – Sphincter preserving surgery for low rectal cancer
  • Conservative surgery- Breast, Limb saving surgery, Nephron sparing for kidney cancer
  • Sentinel node – Breast, Gynecological and Urological cancers
  • Cytoreductive surgery + Hyper-thermic Intra Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) for Peritoneal surface malignancies, Stomach, Colorectal cancer, Ovarian cancer.
  • Pelvic Exenterative surgery – Colorectal, Gynec and Urological cancers
  • Lung and liver surgery/metastatectomy
  • Plastic reconstruction-Local and free flaps.
  • Chemotherapy venous access devices insertion

Complex & Exceptional cases performed

  • Ileo-colon transposition for esophagectomy reconstruction
  • Internal Hemipelvectomy type IV resection for Sacro-iliac joint tumor
  • Thoracoscopic Esophagectomy in patient with Double aortic arch
  • Limb salvage surgery with Extra corporeal Radiotherapy (ECRT)
  • HIPEC surgery for cancer stomach, Colorectal cancer, Pseudomyxoma, Ovarian cancer
  • Tracheal resection and reconstruction for intra-thoracic tracheal tumor just above the carina
  • IVC resection and reconstruction with peritoneal graft in Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • Arterial Divestment and Pancreatic cancer resection in post Neoadjuvant status
  • Central Hepatectomy in 3-month-old infant
  • Sleeve resection for bronchial and lung cancers
  • Large mediastinal tumor resection with major vascular resection and reconstruction


  • Fully Equipped Major and Minor Operation Theatres
  • Dedicated Post-operative care unit with ventilator support and wards
  • Day care surgery
  • Modern laparoscopic unit with 4K Olympus complete Laparoscopic set and Karl Storz laparoscopic instruments
  • Thoracoscopic intruments
  • Thompson retractor system
  • Yellofins Lithotomy Stirrups with Lift-Assist.
  • Office diagnostic systems like Olympus Flexible Nasopharyngo-laryngo-Bronchoscope, Karl Storz Flexible and Rigid Laryngoscope, and provision for biopsies


Dr. Naveen Kumar A N

Professor & HOD

Dr. Preethi S Shetty

Associate Professor

Dr. Nawaz Usman

Associate Professor

Dr. Akhil Palod

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ananth S Mathad

Assistant Professor