About Radiation Oncology
The department of Radiation Oncology at Dr.Kamakshi Memorial Hospital has one of the most active brachytherapy programs in the world. In addition to intracavitary and intraluminal treatments, KMH has developed many novel approaches to brachytherapy and is one of the very few hospitals having professional experience in these techniques. The centre uses the Iodine 125 permanent Seed Implant Technique using RAPID strand.
Dr. KMH provides a modern and advanced radiotherapy service for the treatment of all common cancers. Our devoted team of Radiation Oncologists, Radiographers and Clinical Scientists provide personalized and evidence based radiotherapy services.
The department of radiation oncology is designed and well equipped with cutting-edge technology to provide advanced and precisely targeted treatments like,
- Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy where a radiation source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment.
- First to introduce PET CT Scan facility in southern Chennai.
- Linear accelerators, which deliver highly accurate radiotherapy.
- Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is a type of conformal radiotherapy. Conformal radiotherapy shapes the radiation beams to closely fit the area of the cancer. Each radiotherapy beam is divided into many small beamlets that can vary their intensity. This allows different doses of radiation to be given across the tumour. IMRT can also create a U shaped (concave) area at the edge of the radiotherapy field. This avoids high radiation doses to structures that would otherwise be damaged by the radiotherapy. So IMRT can reduce the risk of long term side effects. In IMRT the treatment team uses advanced computerized dose calculations to find the dose strength pattern that best matches the tumour shape.
- Image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) is a type of conformal radiotherapy. Image guided radiotherapy uses X-rays and scans like CT scans before and during radiotherapy treatment. The X-rays and scans show the size, shape and position of the cancer as well as the surrounding tissues and bones.
Radiation oncologists use CT based treatment planning to help visualize a cancer within the body. The process of imaging the cancer before treatment, designing specifically shaped radiation beams and delivering a precise dose of radiation is the basis for radiation therapy.
The cancer conditions we treat include, but not limited to:
Our multidisciplinary team of radiation oncologists, medical physicists and therapeutic radiographers are trained to the highest level and aim to provide a radiotherapy treatment that equals the best national and international standards.
- Benign diseases
- Head and Neck