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Monday , April 28 , 2014
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Health hub gears up for cancer war

Paras HMRI hospital’s oncology department became functional on Sunday.

The facility is equipped with fourth generation linear accelerator machine, very useful for detection and treatment of cancer. While inaugurating the facility, hospital managing director Dharminder Nagar said residents suffering from cancer would now not need to visit metro cities for want of state-of-the-art facilities in city hospitals. Paras HMRI hospital is equipped to provide all kinds of facilities to cancer patients, he said. “Our aim is to provide world-class treatment to residents,” Nagar said.

Hospital general manager Ravishankar Singh said: “Our consultant team received training at places like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi and Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore among others. They are qualified enough to cope with any kind of problem related to cancer.”

“According to World Health Organisation reports, 8.2 million people had died of cancer till February 2014. Thirty per cent of deaths every year occur because of cancer. Of the 30 per cent, 20 per cent get cancer from chewing tobacco and 70 per cent are lung cancer cases. The need of the hour is for hospitals to equip themselves with all facilities to treat cancer patients. Cancer patients can undergo three kinds of treatment — surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Paras HMRI hospital has recruited experts in its oncology department and has bought all the latest machines available for treatment of cancer patients,” Singh said.

Shekhar Kesri, senior consultant (radiation) in the oncology department, said: “The fourth generation linear accelerator machine can destroy tumour without damaging nearby cells. The machine can carry out in 4-5 minutes what used to earlier take around half an hour.

Dr Avinash of the hospital’s blood science department talked about facilities in his department. “Apart from providing treatment to anaemia, the department offers treatment facilities for blood cancer patients. We are soon going to start bone marrow transplant in the department for which residents now have to move to other cities,” he said. The hospital also plans to launch cancer-related awareness programmes to educate more and more people about the deadly disease.

“People would be told about the different types of treatment available for cancer and this would help them choose the type of treatment they want to undergo,” he said.

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