Radiation oncology appears to have a bright future with increasing number of young radiation oncologists making efforts to incorporate the latest and the best developments in this branch of medicine in their routine practice, said surgical oncologist and managing director of Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute Muralikrishna Voonna here on Friday, on the eve of the two-day second National young radiation oncologists conference commencing here on Saturday.
The conference would provide an interaction among the young and bright radiation oncologists and with the experts and seniors who have been invited to give lectures and share their experiences, Dr. Muralikrishna, who is chairman of the organising committee, said. The MGCHRC is hosting the conference.
Around 150 young radiation oncologists and 35 senior faculty members from all over the country are participating.
Secretary of the organising committee and HOD of Radiation Oncology of the hospital Kahnu Charan Patro said this branch has developed a lot due to development in technology, which provided a lot of scope for research. Advances in technology has helped in providing radio therapy to only the malignant tumour and avoiding tissues surrounding it.
Intensity modulated radio therapy would be used while treating suffering with advanced stages of cancer and branchy therapy for patients with early stages of cancer. Needles would be introduced into the cancer affected tissues in this method and cervical cancer is one of the types of cancer treated with his method.
Brachy therapy would avoid cutting a part of tongue for treating cancer in tongue, Dr. Patro said.
Radiation oncologists of the hospital Parthasaradhi Bhattacharyya and Chitta Ranjan Kundu also spoke.