asiri aoi cancer centre

Asiri AOI Cancer Centre

Bringing World Class Cancer Care Protocols to Sri Lanka

In Cancer Care, It’s the path that defines the destination. At Asiri AOI, we are taking comprehensive cancer care to the next level for our patients. We recognize that cancer treatment is complex from a multi modality clinical treatment to the intense emotional support for patients. We pledge to stand beside each of our patients and their families. We partner them at every step, addressing every single detail and delivering appropriate cancer treatment that is personalized and compassionate. Asiri AOI’s precision-driven cancer treatment regime is based on collaborative protocols with University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, one of the leading providers of oncology treatment in the United States. At Asiri AOI we have a model of integrated care delivery that is individualized for each patient.

Our Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre offers the best in class care across Medical, Radiation and Surgical Oncology backed by high end radio-diagnosis PET services and pathology services. So, be it diagnosis or treatment, we have the expertise to handle every challenge in Cancer Care. With a multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified Clinical specialists, supported by trained and compassionate nursing staff, we are at the forefront of delivering excellence in Cancer Care.

Sri Lanka & Cancer

In recent times Sri Lanka has seen a colossal increase in the incidence of cancer due to factors such as urbanization, industrialization, lifestyle changes and population growth.

An estimated 82.1 out of 100,000 people are diagnosed each year with cancer in Sri Lanka. However, the actual incidence rate may be higher due to under-reporting or inadequate screening. This leads to poor survival and high mortality rates. Numbers aside, the impact of cancer is far greater due to the immense emotional trauma associated with its diagnosis.

Despite growing awareness of possible causes and symptoms, cancer is a disease that has seen increased prevalence in recent decades. It is a medical condition in which abnormal cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. Often this condition goes unnoticed with patients choosing to ignore the early warning signs. In Cancer Care time is of the essence. The cancerous cells are able to aggressively invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissues and organs.

International Standard Cancer Care

To many, cancer is seen as a single disease. The fact however is that 200 distinct types of cancer exist and each can be diagnosed at an early or late stage. What is required for effective cancer care is a collaborative multidisciplinary approach, wherein the Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist and the Surgeons, collaborate together to decide on the best protocol for management of each case. At most times cancer patients require a treatment protocol that incorporates all these three areas. It is also very important that treatment is based on standardized clinical protocols and regimens. These protocols are developed using evidence gathered form treating thousands of cancer patients across the globe including South Asia.

At Asiri AOI we have launched a new generation Radiation Therapy Linear Accelerator, the most advanced in Sri Lanka and amongst a few in South Asia. Our tumour board consists of leading cancer specialists from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, the only Cancer Centre in the country to offer this expertise.

Our team of Oncologists & Surgeons lead the field in terms of experience and qualifications. More importantly our nurses and paramedical technicians are dedicated to support every cancer patient and their family.

American Oncology Institute (AOI)

American Oncology Institute (AOI) is a leading provider of Oncology services in South Asia. It operates a chain of cancer hospitals in multiple cities across India and South Asia. AOI was founded in 2006 by a group of leading Oncologists with decades of experience at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC), with a vision to bring US treatment protocols in Cancer Care to the Asian sub continent. UPMC Cancer Centers, established in the late-1990's are now organized in a hub and spoke format in over 40 regional sites where over 200 oncologists provide care to nearly 75,000 cancer patients per year, including 25,000 new patients. Read More

AOI was started with an aim to close the gap between standards of cancer care in South Asia and the US through transporting the rich lineage of its parent organization in offering Precision Cancer Care.

AOI provides comprehensive cancer management that is powered by clinical excellence, world class technology as well as international pathways and protocols for treatment planning and execution, providing never-before quality in cancer care across India and South Asia. AOI currently operates across 10 Cancer Hospitals in 9 cities in South Asia, with a planned expansion to reach 20 Cancer Hospitals. With the rise of cancer incidence across South Asia, AOI’s core deliverable of Precision Cancer Care which is also powered by its world class tumour board led by specialists from UPMC has raised the bar of cancer care in the region.

Our mission is simple, to provide evidence based cancer care that meets the highest American standards for trust, transparency and technology, while putting the needs of patients first.


Why Choose Asiri AOI?

Clinical Excellence

Cancer treatment at Asiri AOI is managed by a highly experienced and talented multi-disciplinary team of Cancer Specialists in Medical, Radiation and Surgical Oncology, who are supported by a competent team of well-trained nurses, medical physicists and other support staff.

Clinical Pathways & Protocols

Asiri AOI practices evidence based medicine to ensure precise outcomes. At Asiri AOI, we have created an environment where each treatment is planned based on international treatment protocols that are administered through decision support tools enabled by technology.

International Tumour board

AOI is one of the few or possibly the only chain of cancer hospitals in South Asia where an International Tumour Board is conducted weekly, during which leading Oncologsts from UPMC join for case discussions alongwith the local clinical experts to plan treatment for specific cases. Asiri AOI will offer the services of this International Tumour Board to its patients in Srilanka.

Centralised Treatment Planning

Our Radiation therapy department has a centralized treatment planning centre. Each treatment plan is prepared by highly trained physicists under guidance and supervision of a team based out of the United States. An accurate treatment plan is vital to ensure that there is optimum radiation being given to all parts of the tumour while sparing other normal tissue.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread throughout the body via the blood and lymph system. When cancer cells move from their point of origin and invade other parts of the body through the bloodstream and lymph system, the process is referred to as metastasis.

Cancer is not contagious and often occurs due to a mix of hereditary and environmental factors. More than 200 different types of cancer exist. Most cancers are named after the organ or type of cell in which they originate. For example, cancer that starts in the cervix is called cervical cancer, and cancer that starts in basal cells of the skin is referred to as basal cell carcinoma.

Origins of cancer

All cancers originate from cells, the body's basic units of life. The human body is composed of about 100 trillion cells. Cells keep the body healthy by growing, dividing, and producing new cells when the body needs them. Normally, when cells become old or damaged, they die and new cells replace them. However, this process may be disrupted when cells divide and replicate uncontrollably, even if new cells are not needed by the body. This unnecessary cell growth may be the result of mutated or damaged genetic material, known as DNA. When this type of cell growth occurs, the result is an unneeded increase in the overall quantity of cells in the body. This increase in new cells can form a mass of tissue called a tumor. However, not all tumors are cancerous.

Tumors can be grouped into two categories


These tumors are not cancerous and are rarely life-threatening. Often, they can be removed. After removal, regrowth of the tumors are not common. Additionally, these cells do not spread to other parts of the body.


These tumors are cancerous. Malignant cells can attack nearby healthy tissues. These cells also have the ability to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body.

Some cancers do not form tumors. Leukemia, a cancer of the marrow and blood, is a common example of such a cancer.

Cancer types can be grouped into broader categories

The main categories of cancer include:


Cancers that originate in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs.


Cancers that originate in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue.


Cancer that originates in blood forming tissue such as the bone marrow and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced, and enter the blood.

Lymphoma and Myeloma

Cancers that originate in the cells of the immune system.

Central Nervous System Cancers

Cancers that originate in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord.

Cancers in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the most prevalent types of cancer are:

Breast cancer

Cancer that originates in the tissues of the breast

Lip, Oral Cavity and Pharynx cancer

Cancer that originates in the mouth or throat.

Colon and Rectum cancer

Cancer that originates in the cecum, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon and rectum.

Esophageal cancer

Cancer that originates in the esophagus, the muscular tube that moves substances, such as food and water, from the mouth to the stomach.

Thyroid cancer

Cancer that originates in the thyroid gland. This is the 3rd most common cancer among women in Sri Lanka.

Cervical cancer

Cancer that originates in the cervix, the lower part of the womb in a female's reproductive system.

Prostate Gland cancer

Cancer originating in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system.

Trachea, bronchus and Lung cancer

Cancer that originates in the tissues of the lungs.

Ovarian cancer

Cancer that originates in the ovaries, the female reproductive organs that produces eggs.

Cancer Types
Patient Education Series
Ovarian Cancer
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Prostate Cancer
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Uterine Cancer
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Breast Cancer
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Lung Cancer
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Cervical Cancer
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Oral Cancer
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Oncology Services available at Asiri AOI

Cancer Care Powered by Technology

It’s not just about expertise, protocols or skill. Cancer care is also about state-of-the-art technology. Asiri AOI supports every aspect of the treatment process with state of art medical technology and an advanced IT network for treatment planning.

Equipped with the world’s latest medical equipment with expert technicians, Asiri AOI stands at the forefront of cancer care excellence.


Asiri AOI is the only facility in Sri Lanka to provide PET and CT imaging to diagnose malignancies and monitor response to treatment; Gamma camera; in addition to basic diagnostic equipment (CT/MRI/USS)


We provide a complete portfolio of treatment options:
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Medical Oncology

Palliative Care

Personalised palliative care through a multidisciplinary team and multi modality treatment

Discovery 600 PET/CT

Asiri AOI offers four dimensional (‘4D’) PET/CT, which combines the power of two imaging technologies and helps physicians account for variations in tumor size, shape and location when patients move or breathe. With it, doctors see the most complete and accurate images possible of a patient’s tumor and surrounding body structures. They use this information to ensure radiation treatment impacts only the tumor and not healthy tissue around it. Asiri AOI is the only center in Sri Lanka to have this powerful imaging modality.


What is Radiation Oncology?

Medical technology has improved tremendously in recent years, especially in the field of radiation oncology. Recent advancements in radiation therapy have revolutionized the treatment of cancer, leading to better clinical outcomes for patients. A specialty physician called a radiation oncologist manages and oversees each patient's radiation treatment. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may have the option of receiving radiation therapy as part of your cancer treatment. Your doctor will help determine if radiation therapy is right for you.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy, sometimes referred to as “radiotherapy,” is a type of cancer treatment that uses high-energy ionizing radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. It is a local treatment, meaning that it targets only the tumor, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

There are two ways radiation can be administered to patients:

  1. External beam radiation
  2. External beam radiation therapy delivers radiation through the use of a large machine called a linear accelerator that precisely aims radiation beams from outside of the body at the cancerous tumor.

  3. Brachytherapy or internal radiation therapy
  4. Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy in which radioactive particles known as seeds are placed within the body on the tumor or nearby the cancer cells.

*About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy at some point during the course of their cancer care.

Radiation Therapy Treatment Options
Three Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT) 3
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TrueBeam™ STx System
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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
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Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
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Rapid Arc
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Electron Beam Therapy
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Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
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Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
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Radiation Therapy: A Walk-Through

There are six basic steps to radiation therapy that give patients an idea of what to expect.

Consultation is the first step of the radiation therapy process. This involves an appointment with an oncologist, who reviews a patient’s medical records, pathology reports and radiology images and performs a physical examination. If, based on this review, treatment by radiation therapy is chosen, the patient will be offered an appointment for simulation.

Dietary Habits And Cancer

Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.
– Hippocrates
Risk Factors

There are many risk factors that can lead to the development of cancer. Some risk factors are not within control, such as inherited genes or family history, however many are controllable and if avoided can drastically lessen the likelihood of developing cancer. A vital way to prevent cancer is by practicing healthy dietary habits and maintaining a good weight. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one-third of all cancer deaths are attributed to poor diet, lack of regular exercise and obesity.

Food Intake

In order to manage a nutritious lifestyle, it is important to understand how foods are prepared and processed. Moreover, maintaining a well-balanced diet should consist of consuming a variety of foods, reducing food portions and eating wholesome plant foods every day. It is important to always be conscientious of your food choices when achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Scientific research and studies have proven that certain dietary practices directly correlate with developing diseases over time, such as cancer. The risk of developing cancer, namely cancers of the lung, mouth, esophagus, stomach, digestive tract, head and neck can be averted when a diet is consistently rich in fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, eating foods high in saturated fats, such as red meat, are linked to specific cancers such as gastrointestinal cancers.

Overweight and obesity have been associated with greater risk for cancers of the breast, colon and rectum, endometrium, kidney, pancreas and esophagus.

10tips for eating healthy
  • Eat wholesome plant foods
  • Avoid or limit the intake of red meats and processed meats with added preservatives
  • Consume a variety of plant foods including vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and whole grains. The less these plant foods are processed or cooked, the greater you will benefit from their nutrients
  • Increase fiber consumption which will help to clean the digestive tract before cancer causing cells can develop
  • Avoid or reduce the intake of bad fats, like saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats are mainly found in animal products such as red meat, milk, cheese, butter, ghee, and eggs. Trans fats are processed vegetable fats that are hydrogenated to help preserve them
  • Consume unsaturated fats or good fats like nuts and avocados or cook with olive oil
  • Limit eating fried foods and packaged foods
  • Often eat fish that is prepared in a healthy way
  • Drink at least two liters of water everyday
  • Avoid consumption of alcoholic drinks