Radiation therapy is the use of ionizing radiation for treatment of diseases and
the specialized field of using ionizing radiation for the treatment of cancers is
known as Radiation Oncology Approximately. 2/3rd of all cancer patients require
radiation therapy as the sole treatment modality or in combination with surgery
or anticancer drugs (Chemotherapy). Radiotherapy plays a very important role in
curing early stage cancer and in relieving symptoms and possibly prolonging life
for patients with advanced cancers.
Our efforts in the department will be to offer optimal radiotherapy and comprehensive
patient care. Optimal & efficient delivery of treatment not only requires the appropriate
infrastructure but also well trained and motivated personnel. The will facilities
offer modern sophisticated, state-of-the-art treatments like 3-D conformal radiotherapy
(3-D CRT), intensity modulated radiotherapy & radiosurgery (IMRT & IMRS), Stereotactic
radiotherapy/ radiosurgery, Image Guided Radiation therapy (IGRT) and Respiratory
Gating apart from conventional radiotherapy. Intra-cranial Stereotactic Radiotherapy
and Radiosurgery are delivered using the "Brain-Lab" system comprising of micro-multileaf
collimator (mMLC) and a dedicated planning system. Apart from the usual features
it has additional features like image fusion using MRI/ PET/ CT images. The PLATO-TPS
is used for both High Dose Rate (HDR) and Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy Planning.
Oncentra Planning System is used for Brachytherapy Contouring. A stringent quality
assurance (QA) program and features like the "Online Portal Imaging" ensures efficient
and accurate radiotherapy treatment are also available. With newer Linear Accelerators,
Cone Beam CT and Mega Voltage CT can be done for patients being treated on Trilogy
and Tomotherapy Hi-Art machines.
The current infrastructure will be available for external beam therapy includes
three Linear Accelerators with 6 to 15 MV photon energy and multiple electron energies
from 6 to 20 MeV.