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NER Cancer Centre Serves Non-Railway Patients as well

The Times of India
13 March 2009
Varanasi, India

From a 50–bed cancer hospital to 101–bed hospital and cancer research centre, the Indian Railways Cancer Institute and Research Centre Lahartara under the North–Eastern Railway (NER), Varanasi division, has witnessed it all in the past two decades.

The growing popularity of the centre, being one–of–its–kind in the region, could be gauged from the fact that around 15,000 patients (including 12,000 patients in out–patient department and 3,000 indoor patients) are registered every year for diagnosis and treatment of various kinds of cancers, one of the most fatal diseases in the region.

The centre has also registered a high number of non–railway patients, especially from the North–East regions besides a number of railway patients coming from different railway divisions including Northern Railway (NR), Eastern Railway (ER), East Central Railway (ECR) and North Central Railway (NCR) in the country.

“We are witnessing admission of around 10–20 per cent non–railway indoor patients, making it different from other railway hospitals of the country,” said Dr TP Srivastava, medical director, Cancer Research Institute (CRI) while talking to TOI on Friday. “Besides, as many as 70 per cent of the OPD patients coming for consultancy from East UP region and other parts of the country belong to this category,” he added.

As per records of the centre, recent developments with sanctioning of Rs 22 crore for purchase of state–of–the–art machines and diagnostic tools has also contributed to the rising popularity of the centre in the region. According to Dr PK Mishra, chief specialist at the centre, purchase of CT–simulator, HDR, linear accelerator and creation of new wards for specialised treatment, have contributed in improving the infrastructural as well as service facilities at the centre. “We already have as many as four different wards for specialised treatment of cancer that included surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and pain and palliative care,” he added.

The establishment of state–of–the–art pathological lab and radiodiagnosis department has also ensured better health care and early detection of fatal disease at the centre. Besides, the availability of modern machines including auto analyser, histomatic tissue processor, particle counter, IITV and colour Doppler, have made the diagnostic process easy and affordable.

It may be mentioned here that the foundation stone of the centre was laid by late Pt Kamlapati Tripathi, the former railway minister in 1980, and OPD services were started in 1983.

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