Can­cer in­sti­tute for J&K launched at SMVD su­per spe­cialty hosp

The Northlines - - JAMMU - NL Cor­re­spon­dent

Narayana Health Group of hos­pi­tals, which re­cently opened its Su­per­spe­cial­ity ter­tiary care hospi­tal near Ka­tra, es­tab­lished in as­so­ci­a­tion with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, an­nounced the launch of its can­cer in­sti­tute at the Jammu unit. A mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team has been con­sti­tuted for this hospi­tal, which in­cludes med­i­cal on­col­o­gists, ra­di­a­tion on­col­o­gists, sur­gi­cal on­col­o­gists, He­mato-on­col­o­gist, ra­di­ol­o­gists and pathol­o­gists. The de­part­ment will be led by Dr. Vikas Roshan, Ra­di­a­tion On­col­o­gist, Dr. Mir, Med­i­cal On­col­o­gist and Dr. San­deep Kaul, Sur­gi­cal On­col­o­gist.

The group has added a num­ber of de­part­ments in On­col­ogy to cre­ate a Centre of Ex­cel­lence in Can­cer Care. Can­cer as a dis­ease calls for multi-dis­ci­plinary ap­proach. These de­part­ments in­clude On­coplas­tic Breast Surgery, On­col­ogy, Gy­nae­col­o­gyOn­col­ogy, He­ma­toOn­col­ogy, Head & Neck Onco-surgery, Pae­di­atric On­col­ogy as well as Pain & Pal­lia­tive On­col­ogy. The can­cer spe­cial­ists are backed by skilled paramed­i­cal staff work­ing in tan­dem to sup­port pa­tient care. Apart from this, the hospi­tal of­fers Can­cer Com­bat Clinic for coun­selling of pa­tients and second opin­ion clin­ics as well. For terminally ill pa­tients, the hospi­tal has in­tro­duced a Pain and Pal­lia­tive Care Clinic. The Can­cer In­sti­tute at the hospi­tal is equipped with the state's first Lin­ear Ac­cel­er­a­tor and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy for Ra­di­a­tion On­col­ogy.

Com­ment­ing on the same, Dr. S P Singh, CEO - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Su­per­spe­cial­ity Hospi­tal said, "Our aim is to bring more ac­cess to can­cer care fa­cil­i­ties in Jammu & Kash­mir re­gion without com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity and af­ford­abil­ity. With our strong net­work of hos­pi­tals across In­dia along with our outreach plans, we in­tend to take ef­fec­tive can­cer care to ar­eas where this dis­ease is often un­der-di­ag­nosed". Hav­ing per­formed com­plex surg­eries to treat breast can­cer, oral can­cer, col­orec­tal can­cer and gy­nae­co­log­i­cal ma­lig­nan­cies com­pris­ing of uterus, ovaries and cervix, the Can­cer In­sti­tute pro­vides ef­fec­tive treat­ment in sur­gi­cal on­col­ogy with ad­e­quate post-op­er­a­tive sup­port to per­form rad­i­cal can­cer surg­eries.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. (Brig.) M.M. Har­jai, Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Su­per­spe­cialty Hospi­tal, Jammu, "Of ut­most im­por­tance in can­cer treat­ment is aware­ness and early de­tec­tion. This calls for the need for spe­cial­ized di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties in­fil­trated in the re­gion of J&K. Can­cer care also re­quires ad­her­ence to well-de­fined, ev­i­dence­based med­i­cal pro­to­cols de­rived from lat­est med­i­cal re­search. We will be tak­ing this stan­dard of care to var­i­ous re­gions of Jammu & Kash­mir". He fur­ther added, "The reg­u­lar planned outreach would mean that our team will be trav­el­ling to parts of Jammu & Kash­mir, which would open up av­enues for us to get a more in-depth un­der­stand­ing on how can­cer can be bet­ter com­bated in this re­gion".

Jammu & Kash­mir has a high in­ci­dence of esophageal can­cer. As per the study on risk fac­tors and sur­vival anal­y­sis of Esophageal Can­cer in the pop­u­la­tion of Jammu & Kash­mir pub­lished in Indian Jour­nal of Can­cer, it is ap­par­ent that smok­ing, snuff, sun­dried food, hot salted tea with bak­ing soda and red chillies are some of the risk fac­tors for the in­hab­i­tants of the Jammu and Kash­mir re­gion. The re­sults are con­sis­tent with the ear­lier find­ings where var­i­ous habits such as smok­ing and con­sum­ing al­co­hol, pre­dis­pose the sub­jects to car­ci­noma. Jammu & Kash­mir has been cited as one of the high in­ci­dence ar­eas in the Cen­tral Asian Esophageal Can­cer belt.

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Su­per spe­cialty Hospi­tal, Jammu is man­aged by Narayana Health Group of Hos­pi­tals, founded by Dr. Devi Shetty and head­quar­tered in Ben­galuru. The flag­ship hospi­tal of the group has Mazum­dar Shaw Can­cer Centre (MSCC) at Narayana Health City in Ben­galuru. With ad­vanced can­cer ther­a­peu­tic fa­cil­i­ties and re­search ser­vices in can­cer and stem cell trans­plants, MSCC has one of In­dia's largest Bone Mar­row Trans­plant units. It has an ex­pe­ri­enced team of spe­cial­ists in head and neck can­cer, breast can­cer and gas­troin­testi­nal can­cer to name a few, backed by a team of ra­di­a­tion and med­i­cal on­col­o­gists. The centre also fo­cuses on early de­tec­tion and treat­ment of can­cer among chil­dren. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Su­per spe­cialty Hospi­tal, Jammu will have the ad­van­tage of knowl­edge shar­ing of the best prac­tices among the doctors from both hos­pi­tals and on­col­ogy ser­vices of the two hos­pi­tals will be in­te­grated as well.

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