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    St. John's Medical college Hospital, Koramangala, Bangalore

    Address: Koramangala, Bangalore
      • Equipped to treat early & advanced stage rectal cancer, including clinical trials
      • Has a specialized department for gastroenterology which performs over 700 specialized endoscopies every month
      • Cancer tumor board meetings are held on Wednesdays, every patient's case is discussed by multiple cancer specialists.
    DCode Care Expert Analysis
      • 95% of clinical services recommended by international standards for comprehensive rectal cancer treatment available here
      • 12 of 12 types of specialists who are required are available here
      • Average years of experience of treating doctors is over 10 years


Breast cancer may require a team of up to 12 types of specialists for treatment. St. John's oncology unit has almost all the different types of specialists. While the hospital doesn't have a dedicated breast surgeon, many senior surgeons have experience in breast surgeries. Breast surgery is an area of interest for the the head of the surgical oncology dept, Dr. Rakesh S. Ramesh.

The hospital has the following specialists who are often required for breast cancer treatment:

  • Surgical oncologist
  • Plastic surgeon
  • Medical oncologist
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Palliative care specialist
  • Onco-pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Professional Genetic Counselor
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
  • Dietitian


The hospital has almost all advanced clinical services needed to treat breast cancer, except a Bone Scan / SPECT. This is an advanced scan to locate areas of abnormal activities using radioactive substance injections. If requried, you may be referred out for this scan.

St. John's hospital has all basic and specialized services required to treat breast cancer. Other than a couple of specific scans which may be required in few cases, most super-specialized services are also available here.

The following clinical services are available here:

Basic Services-Diagnostic & Preparatory Tests

  • History & Physical Exam
  • Mammography
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Pathology
  • ER/PR status test

Specialized Services-Diagnostic & Preparatory Tests (Basic+)

  • Ultrasound
  • Histology
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Core Biopsy
  • FNAC
  • Surgery

Super-Specialized Services-Diagnostic & Preparatory Tests (Specialized+)

  • CT with contrast
  • HER2 test by IHC/ISH
  • Professional Genetic Counseling
  • Fertility Counseling
  • Mental Health Professional - psychology / psychiatric
  • Social Work / Counseling services

Basic Services- Treatment

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Endocrine Therapy
  • Basic Palliative Care

Specialized Services-Treatment (Basic+)

  • Palliative RT
  • General Palliative Care Team

Super-Specialized Services-Treatment (Specialized+)

  • Reconstruction Surgery
  • Dedicated Palliative Care Specialist
  • Targeted Therapy

Basic Services-Follow-UP

  • History & Physical Exam
  • Endocrine Therapy

Specialized Services-Follow-UP (Basic+)

  • Mammography
  • Lymphedema management
  • Gynecologic Assessment


The hospital has several advanced departments including genetics and research. However, the hospital is quite busy. Queues at insurance desks, billing counters and lab report sections are often long. Please be prepared to wait.

The following facilities are available here:

  • 24x7 Emergency Room
  • ICU
  • Ambulance
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department
  • Govt. insurance accepted
  • Private Insurance accepted
  • TPA Desk

Why Choose This Hospital


Multi-disciplinary Cancer Team: Breast cancer treatment needs inputs from variety of specialists – medical, surgical and radiation oncologists etc. The St. John’s oncology unit conducts tumour board meetings every Wednesday where these specialists discuss the treatment plan for the patients together. Every patient’s case is discussed at the tumour board meeting to decide the optimal treatment plan. This type of treatment planning is considered a global best practice in cancer treatment.

Research Driven Cancer Care: Being a teaching hospital, the oncology department is involved in clinical and translational research. The surgical oncology department has over 50 publications to their credit. Most oncologists here have published research on advancements in cancer. This type of involvement in research usually indicates that the oncology team is up to date with latest advancements in cancer therapy.

Focus on Pain Management: The hospital has a dedicated department for Palliative Medicine, a stream of medicine to reduce pain and discomfort for cancer patients. Globally, palliative medicine is considered an integral part of cancer management. The department is headed by Dr. Subhash D. Tarey. This team works in the oncology unit and provides outpatient, day care and inpatient care. They also have lymphoedema clinic for outpatients, this is a common side effect for cancer patients. This is a very useful facility for cancer patients.

Affordable Treatment: The hospital aims to provide cost effective treatment to patients. The charges for cancer treatment are nominal for such as well-equipped comprehensive cancer centre. The daily room charges for a private twin sharing ward is Rs. 1650/- and oncologist consultation is Rs. 450/-.

Supportive Care Specialists: The cancer department has supporting departments to care for comfort of the patient and families

  • Psychological Counselling: Mental health support during cancer is considered a critical part of recovery. The hospital has a clinical psychology department and social workers to care for emotional and psychological needs of cancer patients. The team actively provides counselling, group therapy, family therapy, grief counselling for patients.
  • Nutrition & Lifetyle department and Dietetics: The dietary services department led by food and nutrition experts has 88 members who work on customised patient dietary and nutritional needs.
  • Onco-Rehabilitation: Treatment after-care often needs professional rehabilitation support. The hospital has a specialised department for Physiotherapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Medico Social Workers: Administrative support for cancer patients is coordinated by medico-social workers. These workers also conduct patient support group meetings to assist cancer patients. The medico social workers help with a range of matters ranging from assistance for administrative tasks to legal issues.