Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta

Haemato Oncologist

   Venkateshwar Hospital , New Delhi, India

  25+ Years of experience


Qualification and Experience

Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta is a reputed Haemato-Medical Oncologist of the country. He has over 25 years of experience in his field and is currently serving at the Venkateshwar Hospital, Delhi, India. He has obtained his specialized training (DM-Medical Oncology) at Cancer Institute, Adyar (Chennai, India) and underwent fellowships at the World’s leading cancer institute’s such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Memorial Medical Centre, New Orleans, San Francisco Medical School, California, The Ohio State University Medical Center, and Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital Columbus, U.S.A. He has a specialty in curing cancer using blood infusion.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Sunil specializes in treating all stages of solid tumours and haematological malignancies, performing Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant, Autologous and Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplant, high dose Chemotherapy with growth factor support, and regional Chemotherapy. He has also been a part of many research projects published in numerous medical journals.

Conditions treated by Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta

Medical oncologist provides diagnosis and treatment of most types of cancers and is involved in the development of preventive measures programs. Treatment plans for cancer patients are designed considering the interdisciplinary approach. They work in close cooperation with the departments of surgery, nuclear medicine, radiology, pathology, therapy, and radiation oncology. Here is a list of some of the conditions Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta treats:

  • Meningiomas
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Brain Cancers- Astrocytoma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Thalassemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Oral or Mouth Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Congenital Neutropenia
  • Oligodendrogliomas
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Ependymomas
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Breast and Prostate Cancer
  • Mixed Gliomas
  • Brain Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Colorectal or Colon Cancer
  • Certain Types of Cancer that have been Resistant to Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatment (e.g. Melanoma)
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AMI)

Signs and Symptoms treated by Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta

Cancer can cause different symptoms. However, most of these symptoms are often caused by illness, benign tumors, injury, or other problems. If you experience symptoms that do not disappear after some weeks, consult your doctor so that actual problems could be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Also, cancer doesnt cause pain, so see a doctor even if you do not feel pain. You must see a medical oncologist if you have any of the below-listed symptoms of cancer::

  • Persistent, unexplained fevers or night sweats
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Persistent cough or trouble breathing
  • Skin changes, such as yellowing, darkening or redness of the skin, sores that won't heal, or changes to existing moles
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent indigestion or discomfort after eating
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Lump or area of thickening that can be felt under the skin
  • Weight changes, including unintended loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent, unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Difficulty swallowing

Operating Hours of Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta

Doctor Sunil Kumar Gupta is available from 11 am to 5 pm (Monday to Saturday). The doctor is not available on Sunday. Call the doctor or his attendant to confirm his/her availability because the doctor may not be available due to some personal reasons or any emergencies.

Popular Procedures performed by Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta

The below-listed popular procedures that Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta performs are:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Chemotherapy

A medical oncologist uses chemotherapy for cancer treatment. It uses a combination of drugs to kill the cancerous cells in the body and prevents them from growing further. While chemotherapy could require a single drug, this is also given along with other drugs. Hormone therapy is used for the treatment of cancer that uses certain hormones to grow. It is effective in treating prostate and breast cancers. Hormone therapy slows or stops the rapid growth of cancer that uses hormones to grow.

Past Experience

  • Director, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi
  • Senior Consultant, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute
  • Additional Director, SMH-Curie Cancer Hospital, Delhi
  • Senior Consultant, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital , New Delhi
  • Senior Registrar, Cancer Institute, WIA, Chennai


  • MBBS
  • MD
  • DM
  • Fellowship The Ohio State University Medical Center and Arthur G James Cancer Hospital Columbus, U,
  • Fellowship M D Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, USA, 2001,
  • Fellowship San Francisco Medical School, California, USA, 2001
  • Fellowship University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Centre, USA, 2000
  • Fellowship Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA, 1999
  • Fellowship Fred Hutchinson Cancer Centre, Seattle, 1999
  • Various research articles and papers submitted in national and international journals.
Bone Marrow Transplant

Stem cell transplant is one modern technology that is undergoing rapid improvements. It is said these days that instead of investing in various life insurance policies that are making the rounds in the market, to secure the future and precious life of your child go for stem cell technologies. This can later cure him or her from any life threatening terminal disease like cancer. Stem cell transplant has been used in recent times as a cure for cancer, but the technique is different from the stem cell bank that is maintained these days for new born.


Who needs a stem cell transplant?

The bone marrow which is part of the bones is responsible for making blood cells. It is soft and spongy tissue lodged inside the bone having hematopoietic stem cells. These cells either turn into bone marrow cells or can turn into any other kinds of cells or the blood cells. But there are certain forms of cancers that can keep these cells from developing normally.

A patient is recommended to get a blood as well as bone marrow stem cell transplant if they are in a condition which prevents the body from producing new healthy blood cells. Some of the conditions and diseases that prevent the bone marrow from doing so are given below:

  • Cancers like Myeloma, breast cancer, leukemia, Lymphoma may require stem cell transplant
  • Blood diseases which may require are sickle cell anemia, aplastic anemia and thalassemia
  • There are immune deficiency diseases like the congenital neutropenia, severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, chronic granulomatous disease may demand a stem cell transplant.

The oncologist or hematologist shall decide for a stem cell transplant for a patient depending upon overall age and health, severity of the diseases and other treatment possibilities.


What is a stem cell transplant?

So the stem cell transplant is a kind of treatment to treat blood disorders or any types of cancer. Even blood diseases are also treated with transplants. Previously patients had to undergo a bone marrow transplant due to the fact that stem cells are collected from the bone marrow. But today stem cells get collected from the blood. And for this particular reason they are now called stem cell transplants. Nowadays stem cell therapies are used to combat hair loss and many other aesthetic related issues.

Some of the different types of stem cell treatments available are discussed below

Autologous transplant: These kinds of transplants are known as auto transplant. This kind of transplant has the scope  of very high dose chemotherapy paired with autologous stem cell rescue. In this process usually the doctors treat the cancel and then make use of the stem cells from the patient itself. From the blood, stem cells are collected and the health care team then freezes it. These cells are usually placed back in the blood after thawing them in the frozen state post the chemotherapy. The cells take almost 24 hours to reach the bone marrow and start multiplying to give rise to healthy blood cells.

Allogenic transplantation: This is better known as an allo transplant medically. In this case stem cells are obtained from another individual. But this individual needs to be someone with whom the bone marrow of the patient matches. Due to presence of proteins in white blood cells called the human leukocyte antigens (HLA) it is important that bone marrow matching takes place. The most compatible stem cell donor will have the HLA matching with that of the patient.

But the process of matching can also give rise to a very severe condition named graft versus host disease or GVHD but then it is not very likely. In this kind of a disease the healthy cells obtained from transplantation will start attacking the cells of the patients. In such cases siblings are considered to be the best match. And if they are not available then some other close family member can also work. Once the donor is fixed then the patient starts receiving chemotherapy session with or without radiotherapy. The other person’s stem is then placed in a vein via a tube. These cells unlike the previous ones are not frozen so they can be given immediately after the completion of chemotherapy.

There can be two types of Allo transplantation depending upon the age, condition and the disease that is being addressed:

The first kind is ablative where high dose of chemotherapy is used and in the second kind milder doses of chemotherapy is employed.

When the assigned health care team is unable to find a matched adult donor then are other options that must be considered like the Umbilical cord blood transplant and these days cancer centers all around the globe make use of cord blood.

Parent child transplant and haplotype mismatched transplant: In these kinds of transplants which are commonly employed the match found is 50% instead of 100% and the donor can be a parent, child or brother and sister.


Chemotherapy is a category of standardized drug administration of various types for the treatment of cancer. With a curative intent, some combinations of drugs are administered to a patient to prolong their life and also to bring about a reduction in the symptoms shown by the patient. Chemotherapy treatment is considered to be one of the major categories of medical oncology. Many people around the world are prescribed to undergo chemotherapy treatment instead of undergoing a surgical procedure. But many are frightened with the side effects of this treatment as it is believed to reduce the quality of life of the patients.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is a procedure where non-specific intracellular poisons are used, which are specifically related to preventing the process of mitosis or the natural cell division of the cancerous cells. This technique rather excludes those agents that are responsible for selective extracellular growth signal blockade (signal transduction blockers). If spoken about these agents used in chemotherapy, it has been found that most of them are cytotoxic in nature due to their property of interfering with natural mitosis. However, the cells of cancer can differ widely in terms of showing susceptibility to these administered agents.

Chemotherapy can be defined as a way of mass destruction of stress cells, which would eventually lead to the death of the cells when apoptosis is initiated. The commonly known side effects of chemotherapy can be traced back to the process of damaging normal non-cancerous cells, which are in the process of rapid division. They are sensitive to anti-mitotic drugs that are being administered to the patient and such cells may include the cells of the hair follicles, digestive tract lining, and bone marrow. But nowadays treatment options have undergone a lot of modification by which these side effects can be well countered.

Types of Chemotherapy Drugs

Various options of drugs are available to treat different types of cancer including the following:

Alkylating agents: These kinds of agents prove to be extremely beneficial during the cell’s resting phase. The various kinds of alkylating agents that are employed in chemotherapy treatment include the following:

  • Mustard gas derivatives: Cyclophosphamide, mechlorethamine, chlorambucil, ifosfamide, melphalan
  • Ethylenimines: Thiotepa and hexamethylmelamine
  • Alkylsulfonates: Busulfan
  • Metal salts: Oxaliplatin, cisplatin, and carboplatin
  • Nitrosoureas: Streptozocin, lomustine, carmustine

Nitrosoureas are unique from the rest for choices in chemotherapy treatment due to their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and treating tumors of the brain.

Plant alkaloids: Plant alkaloids employed for chemotherapy treatment are derived from plants.  These include vinca alkaloids, taxanes, podophyllotoxins, and camptothecan analogs. The plant alkaloids are cell cycle specific agents, which enables them to attack the dividing cells in various stages of their division cycle.

Antimetabolites: This kind of chemotherapy treatment involves substances that are similar in composition to the normal substances present in the cell. When these substances get incorporated in the process of cellular metabolism, then the cell is no longer able to divide. They are also cell cycle specific and can be classified further according to the substance in the cell with which they interfere.

Topoisomerase inhibitors: When the topoisomerase enzymes in the body ( topoisomerase I and II) are inhibited as a result of chemotherapy drugs, then those drugs are referred to as topoisomerase inhibitors. During the chemotherapy, the topoisomerase enzymes are responsible for controlling structural manipulation of the DNA which is necessary for the purpose of replication.

Miscellaneous antineoplastics: Different types of drugs make each chemotherapy treatment process unique. Enzymes, retinoids, adrenocortical steroid inhibitor, ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor or antimicrotubule agents can be used as chemotherapy drugs.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How many years of experience does Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta have being a medical oncologist in India?

Dr. Sunil has over 25 years of experience in his field of cancer treatment.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta as a medical oncologist?

Dr. Sunil specializes in treating all stages of solid tumours and haematological malignancies, performing Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant, Autologous and Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant, high dose Chemotherapy with growth factor support, and regional Chemotherapy.

Does Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta provides online video consultation through MediGence.

How much does it cost to consult online with Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta?

It cost 35 USD to video consult with Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta through MediGence.

What associations is Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta part of?

Dr. Sunil has been a part of many international and national medical associations.

When do you need to see a medical oncologist such as Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta?

Dr. Sunil helps patients with many different kinds of cancers get diagnosed, treated, and fully cured of their disease.

How to connect with Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta for Online Consultation through MediGence?

He can be easily consulted by registering your profile with MediGence and writing down your enquiry. A meeting with the surgeon will be scheduled. Following which the consultation can be done.

What area of specialization does Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta have?
Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta is specialized in India and of the most sought after doctors in Cancer Specialist.
Does Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta have?
Dr. Sunil Kumar Gupta is one of the most sought after specialists in India and has over 25+ Years years of experience.
FAQ's Related to Medical Oncologist
What does a medical oncologist do?

A medical oncologist is a doctor who is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through various techniques like chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. They coordinate with other doctors to design a treatment plan that is suitable for you. They help patients manage their cancer symptoms. If cancer cannot be treated, medical oncologists use hospice or palliative care for the patients. Medical oncologists are primarily responsible for managing cancer.

What are the tests required before and during consultation by a medical oncologist?

A medical oncologist would suggest the below tests to be performed to diagnose cancer:

  • Biopsy
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Imaging Tests
  • Physical Exam
  • Cancer Screening

One of the most common test for cancer, biopsy is a sample of tissues extracted from a body part in order to examine it. A doctor recommends biopsy when a previous test suggests an area of tissues isn't normal.

When should you go to see a medical oncologist?

You will see a medical oncologist after you have been diagnosed with cancer. It is one of the first steps of your cancer treatment. You need to see a medical oncologist if you experience the symptoms listed below:

  1. Change in bowel or bladder habits
  2. Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  3. Change in a wart/mole
  4. Nagging cough
  5. A sore throat
  6. Unusual bleeding or discharge
  7. Lump in the breast or elsewhere
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