Linear Accelerator Cancer Radiotherapy equipment

Inauguration on August 29, 2021

TN Minister for Medical & Family Welfare Ma. Subramanian inaugurates Elekta Infinity - Linear Accelerator Cancer Radiotherapy equipment at Dr. Kamakshi Memorial Hospitals, Chennai on August 29th, 2021.

This Equipment is the only Linear Accelerator in Tamil Nādu to be equipped with Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC) feature that protects Heart, Lungs and surrounding tissues which move with natural respiration while treating Breast and Lung Cancers.

The facility was inaugurated by HON’BLE THIRU MA. SUBRAMANIAN, Minister for Health and Family welfare, Government of Tamil Nādu in the presence of THIRUMATHI THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN, Member of Parliament & THIRU ARAVIND RAMESH Member of Legislative Assembly, Sholinganallur (Guests of Honour).

Dr.T.G. Govindarajan, Founder Chairman and MD, Dr Kamakshi Memorial Hospitals, spoke regarding the genesis of this hospital and its mission to bring about cancer treatment accessible to all or any strata of the society at reasonable price levels. In line with Dr.T.G. Govindarajan, the Elekta Infinity Linear accelerator, that has been put in at a complete cost of around Rs. 20 crores is perhaps the finest quality of equipment available these days and a true boon to cancer patients. Dr.T.G Govindarajan additionally briefed the gathering on the options of this equipment and notified that the Linear Accelerator are often utilized in the treatment of breast cancer, cervix cancer, brain tumours, prostate cancer, tumours within the liver and lungs and even paediatric cancers.

Dr.T.G Govindarajan also briefed the gathering on the delicate and salient features of this equipment. The Elekta Infinity offers Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), a novel radiotherapy technique delivering speed and utmost precision in treating the tumour to the millimetre precision with negligible damage to the surrounding tissues.

Besides this, it has other features like active breathing coordinator for respiratory motion management, Body FIX patient immobilization for Precise patient positioning and immobilization, Fraxion for patient-specific cranial immobilization and symmetry for 4D tumour position visualization all of which ensure delivery of high doses in short periods of time thereby reducing the duration of the treatment and increasing its efficiency. Among its highlights, it is the only machine in Tamil Nadu to have been uniquely equipped with active breathing coordinator (ABC) feature which ensures that the normal and healthy tissues surrounding the heart, lungs and other organs that move with natural respiration are protected from beams of radiation while treating breast and lung cancers.

Dr Kamakshi Memorial Hospitals’ oncology team is a dedicated 40-member team of doctors, 20 from radiation oncology, five each from Surgical oncology and medical oncology, and 10 senior consultants from neurosurgery, gynaecology, ENT, urology, gastroenterology pulmonology, radiology, pathology, thoracic surgery, and geriatrics. They cover both diagnostics and treatment methodologies namely surgery,chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.

The hospital provides total cancer care under one roof and each member of the team has a contribution at different points of time in the treatment of cancer. No stone is left unturned to ensure the patient recovers fully.

To make this high-end treatment available to all sections of society, Dr Kamakshi Memorial Hospitals also offers this under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance (Tamil Nadu Government's Maruthuva Kapitu Thittam).

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