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Medanta Patna Launches Varian Edge Radiation Machine & Comprehensive Cancer Care Program

Written by : Jayati Dubey

February 8, 2024

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The program integrates modern infrastructure, advanced imaging, diagnostic machines, and cutting-edge technologies.

Taking the cancer care tech innovation to Patna, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated the Varian Edge Radiation Machine and launched the Comprehensive Cancer Care Program at Jay Prabha Medanta Hospital, Patna.

The launch event witnessed the presence of Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director of Medanta, Pankaj Sahni, group CEO & director of Medanta, and distinguished oncologists from Medanta.

The inauguration marked a milestone in Bihar's healthcare landscape as Medanta claims to introduce Eastern India's first Varian Edge Radiation Machine, a cutting-edge technology in cancer treatment.

More About the Cancer Care Program

The Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme, unveiled during the ceremony, aims to bring world-class cancer care to the region. After a walkthrough of the cancer facility, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed optimism about the program's positive impact on Bihar's fight against cancer.

Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director of Medanta Group, addressed the gathering. He said, "Medanta's Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme is equipped with a high-end Varian Edge Radiation Machine, which will prove to be a milestone in Bihar's fight against cancer. This machine will help our experts treat tumours of any size and shape in any part of the body, even places that were hitherto hard to reach, with submillimetric precision. This machine will help deliver radiation with high precision and minimal impact on the healthy surrounding tissue, reducing morbidity and mortality."

The program integrates modern infrastructure, advanced imaging, diagnostic machines, and cutting-edge technologies. The goal is to create an ecosystem that eliminates the need for patients and their caregivers to travel long distances for specialised cancer care, ensuring access to world-class treatment locally.

Following the ceremony, Dr Ravi Shankar Singh, medical director of Jay Prabha Medanta Hospital, Patna, said, "The Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme at Jay Prabha Medanta Patna will offer the advanced cancer care of global standard for the people of Bihar and its surrounding states. We are now fully equipped to deliver advanced cancer treatments, and ensure round-the-clock specialized care for critically ill patients. Our goal is to provide personalized care that offers patients the best-possible outcome and quality of life."

Per the hospital, the cancer care facility boasts specialized and dedicated teams of doctors, including organ-specific cancer surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, haemato-oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, and oncology nurses.

Further the hospital said, the teams are committed to systematically assessing each patient and providing individualized evidence-based treatment plans. The hospital claims the facility is the first in Bihar to offer Total Body Irradiation, a crucial component for Bone Marrow Transplant patients.

Expansion of Cancer Treatment Options

Further, Jay Prabha Medanta Hospital has introduced advanced therapies such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), and rapid arc therapy. Additionally, it claims to be the first in Bihar to provide total body irradiation for bone marrow transplant patients, expanding its comprehensive range of cancer treatments.

The launch event witnessed the presence of prominent figures from the Medanta Cancer Institute, including Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, director of Radiation Therapy Surgery, Dr Sundeep Kumar in Surgical Oncology, and Dr Amarendra Amar in Medical Oncology.

Founded by Dr Naresh Trehan, the Medanta Group is a leading private multi-speciality tertiary care provider operating in the North and East regions of India. The operational hospitals, including Jay Prabha Medanta Hospital in Patna, provide healthcare services in over 30 medical specialities.

In another development, last month, Medanta Hospital introduced the Penumbra Lightning 12 F Catheter, an AI-driven device transforming selective clot removal in endovascular procedures.

Medanta claims to be the first hospital in India to adopt this technology. As per the hospital, it has treated 25 cases of pulmonary embolism since July 2023. Utilizing AI, this technology minimizes blood loss, reducing complications and expediting patient recovery.


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