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Cancer Care Comes Closer

Times of India
13 May 2010
By Santosh Andhale

Family members of patients stand outside Cama Hospital Family members of patients stand outside Cama Hospital
City to get a new dedicated hospital along the lines of Tata Memorial; six more hospitals to come up in Nasik, Pune, Amravati, Nagpur and Aurangabad
Mumbai will soon have another specialised government–run cancer treatment facility in the Cama & Albless Hospital premises at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Patterned on the lines of Tata Memorial Hospital, this new facility will be part of the six new cancer hospitals to come up in the state.

At the cost of Rs 70–80 crore each, these facilities will come up in Nasik, Pune, Amravati, Nagpur and Aurangabad.

Dr Rajiv Sarin, Director, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) Tata Memorial Hospital said, “There’s a crying need for wellequipped cancer hospitals because every year in our country 10 lakh people are diagnosed with this disease.”

Patients travel great distances for their treatment, which can be very inconvenient for them and their families. After diagnosis, many cannot make it to the hospital because they have no place to stay in city.

“So some of them just avoid treatment which could go one for two to 12 months. If the state starts six new dedicated cancer hospitals its will really benefit people who will be able to get treatment at the nearest centre,” Sarin said.

Currently, Tata Memorial is the only dedicated cancer hospital in the state.

Every day more than a hundred new patients are admitted here while 1,500 patients come for follow up treatments. Because of the sheer numbers, it takes a fortnight to get an appointment with the doctors.

The new hospitals – of which the ones in Mumbai and Aurangabad will start working in July – are also expected to benefit those who spend days waiting for chemotherapy.

“There is a long queue in Tata Memorial, because it is the only one of its kind. Since we have enough space in the our medical college campuses, we decided to construct these facilities here,” Dr Vijaykumar Gavit, Minister of Medical Education told Mumbai Mirror.

He added, “We will also provide manpower and infrastructure for this project.”

“Equipment and machinery have already been despatched to the Aurangabad and Mumbai where the hospitals will be fully functional soon,” said Dr W B Tayde, Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research, (DMER).

Since Cama & Albless hospital is only for women and children, there are plans to allow men to be treated in the cancer hospital.

What To Expect
  • Each cancer facility will be built at the cost Rs 70 to Rs 80 crore
  • Some of the equipment include Linear accelerator,Tele cobalt machine
  • Staff strength will comprise four oncologists, two resident doctors
  • Treatment will be provided to patients suffering from uterine, stomach, breast oral cancers
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