Sree Mookambika Institute of Dental Sciences


Sree Mookambika institution is well known for its full-fledged Medical and Dental College within the same campus. In Tamilnadu there are very few dental colleges which have medical facilities within campus, among which the oncology department with advanced facilities are hard to find. Oncology is one of the best distinctiveness that our college focuses on. Sree Mookambika Cancer Centre was started on May 7, 2017, to provide affordable treatment to cancer patients in the Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu. It is the only Cancer center in KanyaKumari District, offering Comprehensive State-of-the-art Diagnostic and Treatment facilities, especially Radiation therapy for Cancer patients of different age groups under one roof. Treatment protocols followed are based strictly on evidence-based International and National guidelines on Cancer treatment. Comprehensive Treatment modalities including Onco Surgery, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and Supportive Care are provided by a dedicated team for both adult and pediatric patients. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING There is a memorandum of understanding between the medical oncology and dental departments for easy access and referral. Patients who have been diagnosed with Head & Neck cancer in dental college will be given a color code (Burgundy) in their case sheet, so that priority will be given to them for all dental procedures without delay. BRIDGING DENTISTRY & ONCOLOGY Tumor Board has been formed for Head & Neck Oncology, including three dental specialists (Oral Medicine & Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology) and Oncology specialists, to address Cancer patients and provide utmost care to them. Postgraduate students and Undergraduate interns will be assigned with a particular patient to accompany them when needed and follow up their health status. They will also be permitted to present the case and participate in the discussion among the tumor board members. Students will be encouraged to handle the patients and educate them about the severity of the condition and immediate need for managing it. OBJECTIVES OF TUMOR BOARD Tumor Board will analyze the case and will come out with a best possible treatment protocol to the patient including the most advanced surgical procedure, Radiotherapy or Chemotherapy. Throughout this procedure the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students will be addressing and assessing all the procedures and handling the Head and Neck cancer patients. This yields the students a vast exposure to the oncology field, which makes our institution a unique one. MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH Tumor board will also deal with complex Head & Neck pathological cases which requires multidisciplinary approach. These measures focus on the better treatment option for the patients as well as educating the undergraduate and postgraduate students to handle such cases with confidence in future. All details regarding the case of interest, proposed treatment plan and the members attending the meeting will be documented in a register and maintained regularly. Board members’ meetings will be conducted regularly to discuss the upliftment of the committee and analyze the positive impact on the cases reporting to the institution. Minutes of meeting will be recorded and maintained separately