Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cancer-treating cyberknife to be launched today

from the IV MB, by yyy60.

>>With just two hospitals in the country -- Health Care Global (HCG), Bangalore, and Apollo Hospitals in Chennai -- procuring the high-end equipment, patients from several parts of the country are coming here for treatment. Hitherto, cancer patients would travel to the US for this treatment.

CyberKnife will be formally launched by former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Friday. "It has redefined cancer treatment and enhances the lifespan. The trauma, side effects of chemotherapy and resultant hair loss are reduced. The robot moves 360 degrees on the patient, blocks the normal tissues and treats only the tumour,'' Dr B S Ajai Kumar, radiation oncologist and chairman, HCG, told The Times of India.

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