Applying Mind As Well As Heart In Healthcare

This image shows the role played by the mind and heart and the element of trust between doctors and patients in an article by Suraj Manjunath, surgocal oncologist, Bangalore.

The role of technology and information in healthcare today is greater than ever before, and their usefulness is undeniable. But, in the process, are we losing touch with human values in patient-doctor relationships? We go to bed every night trusting that the sun will rise the next morning. We go about our days trusting our … Read more

Colon Cancer: Why Is So Much Intestine Removed?

this is a diagrammatic representation of the colon or large intestine, used in an article on colon cancer by Dr Suraj Manjunath, cancer surgeon, Bangalore

In this post, we discuss the extent of surgery in colon(large intestine) cancer and the principles of colonic resection in oncology. One of the first things surgeons do after any operation is talk with the patient’s relatives about how the surgery went. After surgery for cancer, a routine practice is to show the part removed … Read more

“Why Would An Oncologist Discourage Smoking?” : A Conversation Over Coffee

This is an image of a man drinking coffee, used in an article by Dr Suraj Manjunath, surgical oncologist and minimally invasive cancer surgeon, Bangalore, in an article on why oncologist discourage smoking

Public speaking allows me to meet diverse groups of people, many of whom I would not otherwise get a chance to interact with. A common topic I am asked to speak about is “Cancer Awareness”. Typically, my talk has three segments: Causes of cancer (does the listener know that almost half of all cancers occur … Read more

Coping With Cancer : Healing Power Of Gratitude

This image depicts an attitude of gratitude as a coping stratgey for cancer patients

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath: This is a guest post by Haripriya Suraj, a Reiki Practitioner with a special interest in integrating wellness therapies with modern medicine. The article explores the role of ‘Gratitude’ as a coping strategy for cancer patients, and also shares practical tips on how to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Thank … Read more

What Are Lymph Nodes? And Why Are They Important In Cancer Surgery?

this is a diagram of the lymphatic system, used in an article by Dr Suraj Manjunath on lymph nodes and their importance in cancer surgery

The lymphatic system is vital for our immunity. It consists of a fluid called lymph, which is processed in several organs and circulated via thin lymphatic vessels. Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped and pea-sized structures present at intervals along these lymphatic vessels. There are about 500 to 800 lymph nodes across the body.  Some areas … Read more

Cancer Positivity: A New Perspective For The New Year

this is an image to depict positivity in the face of cancer, in an article by Dr Sapna Mallikarjun for the website

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath: This is a guest post by Dr Sapna Mallikarjun. Dr Sapna recently completed her medical training and had a short posting in our Department of Surgical Oncology. Apart from being an enthusiastic and committed doctor, Dr Sapna is also a budding author. As a resident, it’s really difficult to get … Read more

Cancer Care In The Time Of Covid – 8 Pointers

This image describes Covid care precautions to be to be taken by patients and caregivers during this time of Covid

A common question among my patients in this time of rising COVID-19 numbers is “Are there any special precautions that we should take?” This article summarizes our advice to cancer patients and survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, just like everyone else, people with cancer should follow all safety protocols against coronavirus, including: Masking Social … Read more

A Tribute To Cancer Survivors : Happy New Year!

Suraj Manjunath & Haripriya Suraj - New Year Message to cancer survivors

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath: Happy 2022! In this post, my wife Haripriya and I dedicate a heartfelt new year message to all cancer survivors. Haripriya is very passionate about cancer care and has been a major inspiration for my professional growth. She has also contributed several articles to this platform to support the cause. … Read more