RAJKUMAR DAS: Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute today hosted Annual State Conference of Association Of Radiation Oncologists WB Chapter. Renowned film director Shri Goutam Ghose was present to inaugurate the two days conference scheduled on 2nd and 3rd April, 2022. What is more! Today, Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute launched state of the art Vital Beam Linear Accelarator and introduces advanced radiotherapy techniques for better treatment procedures. Modern Radiotherapy Techniques optimize cancer outcomes by reducing side effects, enables superior tumor control, and provides disease control solutions in innovative treatment settings.
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The current Annual State Conference has more than 200 Delegates from all across West Bengal and India with eminent National and International Faculty. AROI WB Chapter continuously organizes academic conferences / programs, has held numerous national conferences in the past and we plan to hold two International Conferences this year.
AROI WB also has its own dedicated international peer reviewed multispeciality Oncology Journal – Bengal Journal of Cancer. Radiation facilities in West Bengal 24 existing and 7 upcoming centers in West Bengal – 14 in the Government sector. Many centers coming up in the districts. 38 Teletherapy machines (25 Linear Accelerators and 13 Telecobalts) and 13 brachytherapy machines. Summary of changes in the realm of Radiotherapy in West Bengal in the last 10 years 6 new and 6 planned centers – 3 new in Government sector. 4 Government centers with Linac – All Government centers offer high precision radiotherapy treatment free of cost.
16 new linacs, 8 upcoming – 14 (6 at present, 8 planned) in the Government sector. Outnumber Telecobalt by 2:1.
One State Cancer Institute – CNCI, Two Cancer Care Hubs – IPGME&R, Changes in geographical location of patients and patient migration Hospitals across West Bengal cater to patients from : Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Sikkim, North East Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan Changes due to more Radiotherapy centers coming up in West Bengal Decrease in patient exodus to other centers across India. o Reverse migration of patients
Changes in radiotherapy personnel 35 MD and 10 DNB Radiation Oncology seats – an increase of over 5 times. Further increase planned. Huge increased in number of Radiotherapy Technologists, physicists and trained MSc Nursing personnel. Increased employment / research opportunities. AROI WB’s role and vision to augment Radiation Oncology in West Bengal.
Fostering continued academics – Conferences / CMEs / Workshops for Consultants as well as Residents.
Dedicated hands on training in technical aspects. Collaborating with other Societies for exchange of views to improve multi- disciplinary cancer care. Multicentricresearchandpublications. Co-opting with Government and providing inputs infrastructure and personnel planning. Spreading cancer awareness. o Patient advocacy.
Efficacy of Radiotherapy
More than 50% cancer patients require Radiotherapy at some point of their treatment. Complete cure possible in > 80% patients if detected in early stages, 20% in advanced stages Two types : Radical radiotherapy with curative intent and Palliative radiotherapy with intent relieve symptom. Can cause rapid symptom relief. ymptom relief.