The MIOT hospitals marked the inauguration of the MIOT Institute of Cancer Cure and the Varian True Beam – an advanced radiotherapy machine – along with other advanced equipment for cancer treatment at an event in the city on Sunday.

The Varian True Beam offers image-guided radio therapy with sub-millimetre accuracy which increases the chances of a cure for cancer patients. The machine uses radiation to treat cancer without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue at the tumour site and can perform procedures in a shorter period of time compared to devices such as the cyberknife.

Highlighting other features, Rajini Gupta, the radiation oncologist, MIOT Hospitals, said, “The main advantage of the machine is that it can target tumours in moving organs.” Apart from the advanced radiation equipment, the hospital also has a digital mammography machine which enables release of accurate results at a very early stage itself.

P.V.A. Mohandas, Founder and Managing Director, MIOT hospitals, emphasised the need for awareness of cancer screening for asymptomatic patients which can significantly reduce the numbers of cancer patients. Considering the fact that, the incidence of breast cancer has increased by 50 per cent, a panel of oncologists recently recommended that women over 40 years of age get themselves screened for breast cancer annually.

With a total of 100 rooms, the hospital aims for a personalised approach towards the patients. The cancer care centre has a board of 37 oncologists, consisting of specialists in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and oncosurgery, who analyse the test results and collectively decide upon the best treatment for every case. The MIOT Institute of Cancer Cure also plans to introduce a research centre and palliative care centre. The institute was inaugurated by Mike Nithavrianakis, the British Deputy High Commissioner. Also present was Williams Kurunziza, the High Commissioner of Republic of Rwanda.