HCG plans to open centres in Ongole and Kurnool

Health Care Global (HCG) Enterprises will soon open cancer treatment centres in Ongole and Kurnool, and commission a Positron Emission Tomography (PET), an advanced scanner, in Vijayawada on July 1.

HCG Curie City Cancer Centre director M. Gopichand and HCG Executive Director Sadasivam, addressing a press conference here on Friday, said that the Curie Cancer Centre was in the expansion mode. The foundation stone for a second surgery centre with 100 beds and a second Linear Particle Accelerator (LINAC) would be laid soon. A second operation theatre and some low dose rate facilities would also be developed during the expansion.

How it works

The PET is a nuclear medicine imaging technique that produces a three-dimensional image of functional processes in the body. The system detects pairs of gamma rays emitted by a tracer, which is introduced into the body on a biological active molecule. The three-dimensional images of tracer concentration within the body are constructed by computer analysis. PET scans were widely used in oncology, they said.

Mr. Sadasivam said the HCG was opening eight new centres in the country and three centres overseas — Uganda, Nigeria, and Laos — this year. Two more centres in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were on the cards. Dr. Gopichand said the Curie City Cancer Centre had 200 beds with dedicated space of 35,000 square feet, an oncology pharmacy, an operation theatre, a LINAC, and some high dose rate facilities. “Over 4,000 patients have been treated here since its inception 10 years ago,” they added.

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