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More Hospitals Offer Cancer Care

Times of India
10 June 2010
By Pratibha Masand
Mumbai, India

Treatment Gets A Shot IN The Arm Treatment Gets A Shot IN The Arm
Many multi–disciplinary hospitals are now getting into cancer care, taking it out of the ambit of only specialty centres.

A Thane hospital on Wednesday announced the addition of 21 beds–only for cancer patients–at its establishment, making it convenient for patients who have to undergo regular sessions of radiation and chemotherapy.

Jupiter Hospital in Thane has inaugurated its 21–bed economy wing for poor cancer patients, besides starting a helpline for patients afflicted by the disease.

“All a patient has to do is declare that he/she is poor and cannot afford the cancer treatment. We have decided to fund the treatment of 3,000 patients in a year without asking for any other proof,” said Jupiter Hospital chairman and CEO Dr Ajay Thakker.

Doctors agree that even though Tata Memorial Hospital is still the best in cancer care, other hospitals too are now offering oncology treatments. Take Hiranandani Hospital in Powai for instance, which is going to start a complete cancer wing by the end of September.

“We are to start a separate wing for cancer treatment, which will include radiation therapy and bone marrow transplant,” said Dr Sujit Chaterjee, CEO of L H Hiranandani Hospital.

Sanjivani Hospital at Dahisar (E) too has facilities to treat cancer patients. “Though we don’t have radiation therapy facility, we treat around 30–40 patients in a month. We have a separate economy wing for poor patients,” said Dr Sunil Agarwal, founder of Sanjivani Hospital.

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