Alexis Hospital launches Radiation Therapy, Comprehensive Cancer Care Unit
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 20 Mar 2017 10:15:47|
THE Radiation Therapy unit equipped with the latest therapy systems at Alexis Multispeciality Hospital was inaugurated on March 19, in the august presence of Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister of Energy, New and Renewable Energy and Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLA, Nagpur-West.
Rajya Sabha members Ajay Sancheti and Dr Vikas Mahatme, Taher Shams, Managing Director of Alexis Multispeciality Hospital, Suraj Tripathi, Director Operations, Dr Jatinder Arora, Director Administration, Dr Chandani Hotwani, Consultant Radiation Oncology, Dr Puneet Seth, Consultant Radiation Oncology, Dr Amol Dongre, Consultant Medical Oncology and Dr Suraj Agrawal, Consultant Surgical Oncology were prominently present on the occasion. Alexis Multispeciality Hospital’s Radiation Therapy focuses on quick, high precision and painless treatment of cancerous tumors.
“With the Varian True Beam Linear Accelerator system, Alexis Multispeciality Hospital will now be able to provide quick and accurate cancer treatments in Nagpur. It uniquely integrates advanced imaging and motion management technologies within a sophisticated new architecture that makes it possible to deliver treatments more quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion, opening the door to new possibilities for the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, head and neck as other cancers,” said Taher Shams.
Simple treatments that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now be completed in less than two minutes. As well as allowing for a more comfortable experience for the patient with less time on the treatment couch, faster delivery also allows for reduced chances of tumor motion during treatment, which helps protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs.
The precision of the True Bean system is measured in increments of less than a millimetre. This accuracy is made possible by the systems sophisticated architecture, which synchronises imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery, performing accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment.
True beam imaging technology can produce the three dimensional images used to fine tune tumor targeting in 60 per cent less time than previous Varian imaging technology. Additional functionality makes it possible to create imaging using 25 per cent less X-ray dose. These images are used to fine tune a patients position prior to and during the treatment process. “This technology gives medical professionals the tools to treat many different types of cancers,” he added.