With expert oncologists, super-expensive high-precision radiotherapy technology and some of the best surgeons in the country, Chennai is fast becoming a go-to spot for cancer care, if not in the South, then across the country.
Every day, oncologists across the world are at war with cancer. And when you’re at war, a date like February 4, will seem like any other day. Noted globally as World Cancer Day, oncologists tell us that it is merely a reminder that this is a war that can be won, as long as people are a little more careful.
But you can’t win a war without weapons of ‘mass destruction’, can you? Which is why we asked some of the city’s best oncologists to chart out what weapons they’re currently using to battle cancerous tumours and what technology they’re hoping to use in the years to come. This is what they came up with.
Currently on the ‘field’
It uses realtime imaging and guiding systems to deliver high and extremely targeted doses of radiation to tumours
What’s in the arsenal?
According to Apollo Hospitals’ Senior Radiation Oncologist Dr Deb Narayan Dutta – the man who currently works a lot with the CyberKnife – a piece of technology that he’s looking forward to is Proton Therapy. “The proton beams have a much higher mass and hence can be used to tackle really large tumours anywhere inside the body. We have already set the work of procuring one for Apollo in process and we will go about the space and instrument-planning soon. Hopefully, we will have a machine up and running in the next 2-3 years,” he said.
Self- resizing tumour blasters
Having worked with radiation onoclogists in Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts before taking charge as the head of Radiation Oncology at MIOT Internation, Dr Lakshmi Narayan says that one of things he’s looking forward to is Dynamic Adaptive Radiotherapy.