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New cancer treatment machine in Apollo

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Chennai , Feb. 3

APOLLO Specialty Hospitals has bought a new radiation machine for its Chennai centre and has simultaneously tied up with an Austrian institute to better its existing treatment for cancer.

The Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Mr Thalavai Sundaram, inaugurated the Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy last week. The service's main benefit would be a fall in side effects while treating cancer.

Radiation in high doses kills cells and doctors use it to destroy cancer cells. But normal cells could also be affected in the process. Dr Janos Stumpf from Apollo Specialty explained that the new IMRT service's precision level significantly reduces the possibility of damaging normal cells.

Apollo's Managing Director, Ms Preetha Reddy, said the new service would cost Rs 18,000 more than the normal radiation treatment (based on the number of sittings, general radiation cost at Apollo would range between Rs 25,000 and Rs 60,000).

Ms Reddy said that including Apollo Specialty, two other hospitals in India offer IMRT. The hospital's investment on the equipment was around Rs 4 crore, said Dr Stumpf.

Along with the new equipment, Apollo has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Applied Radiation Research at Donauspital, Vienna. Apollo's aim is to use the Austrian institution's expertise in improving the quality of its own treatment.

Ms Reddy said that the group is working on improving the quality and procedural benchmarks at the Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad hospitals to qualify for a certification with the Joint Commission International, a rating that would indicate minimum standards.

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