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Proton therapy is a cancer treatment method using radiation, i.e. high-powered energy. Proton therapy is an advanced, newer type of radiation therapy that uses energy from positively charged particles (protons), while conventional radiation therapy uses X-rays and has long been used as a method of treating cancer.
Proton therapy has shown potential for treating various cancers. Studies have indicated that it may cause fewer side effects than traditional radiation, as doctors can control where the proton beam is delivering the energy.
Proton therapy isn’t readily available, even though new proton therapy centers are being built in India and in other countries. Proton therapy in India is getting popular for treating various tumors, including head, neck, and pediatric cancers. This cutting-edge therapy can be administered in combination with surgery and chemotherapy, depending on the type and extent of the cancer.
Proton therapy cost in India is between 35,000 and 65,000 USD. Teenagers and young adults can use proton treatment to decrease their chance of developing a second cancer.
Proton therapy costs can vary in Indian cities based on a number of variables, including the type of therapy, the method employed, the hospital and location of choice, the doctor’s qualifications, and more. The cost of proton therapy in India is one-third of that of US hospitals. India is the choice of thousands of individuals globally as their destination for medical care due to its affordable costs and expert health professionals.
With the emergence of proton cancer therapy, research shows several malignant tumors can be treated using this therapy. Proton therapy is beneficial for tumors that have not spread and are in the vicinity of vital organs, such as cancers near the brain and spinal cord. It is also used in pediatric cancer as it lessens the risk of harming healthy, developing tissue. It can also be used to treat eye cancers such as orbital rhabdomyosarcoma and retinoblastoma.
Pelvic and spinal sarcomas are types of cancer that occur in the soft tissue and the bone.
Non-cancerous brain tumors
Some other types of cancer that can be treated with proton radiation therapy include:
There is limited availability of proton cancer care centers across the country. Currently, only the Apollo Proton Cancer Centre offers proton therapy and is the first proton cancer center in Southeast Asia. According to reports, Tata Memorial Centre’s (TMC) ACTREC Kharghar Center is going to start this facility in the next few months.
Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC) is the first and exclusive proton therapy center in South Asia and the Middle East, and it is, to its credit, the first cancer hospital accredited by JCI.
APCC has a fully integrated treatment suite offering avant-garde treatment in surgical, radiation,radiation and medical procedures. This center has continued the legacy of Apollo Hospital, bringing the best of expertise and excellence and bringing together a powerful team of clinicians of prestigious reputation globally in the field of cancer care.
At the core of APCC’s approach to cancer treatment are dynamic clinicians backed by a robust multi-disciplinary platform who are focused on providing the best possible outcomes for their patients with the best possible care.
The growing cases of cancer worldwide tell a menacing tale. To overcome this exponentially growing threat, Apollo Hospitals has introduced Proton Beam Therapy with focused cancer management teams that will provide excellent care like never before.
Dr. Rakesh Jalali is an oncologist who is well known globally and is a key opinion leader, particularly famous for high-precision radiotherapy techniques. He has devoted more than three decades to this field and has done groundbreaking research in the field of cancer treatment, improving the quality of life of cancer patients. Dr. Jalali developed the Neuro Oncology Group at TMH, which is acclaimed as the finest such unit in India and recognized throughout the world. He was instrumental in establishing the Indian Society of Neuro-Oncology (ISNO) in 2008, served as its founding general secretary, then its president, and now holds the position of senior advisory council. He is an avid speaker and widely recognized for his teachings and providing expert guidance at various conferences, meetings,meetings and societies.
Famed for his commitment to charity and promoting affordable cancer care for patient populations in the developing world, He set up the ‘Brain Tumor Foundation of India’, an internationally recognized charity organization devoted to the welfare of patients with brain tumors and their families.
Awards and Accolades
Senior Consultant, Radiation Oncology (Pediatrics,Urology and Thoracic)
Dr. Srinivas is a famed radiation oncologist and key opinion leader, especially in high-precision radiation therapy, including particle beam therapy. He has, to his credit, started South Asia and India’s first clinical program for particle beam therapy for pediatric cancers,thoracic cancers, prostate cancers, and sarcomas. He received his training from some of the finest institutions in India. He is awarded fellowships by the American Society of Oncology and the European Society of Medical Oncology. Dr. Chilkuri has been the clinical director of the Advanced Radiotherapy School, which has trained several oncologists and medical physicists in high-precision radiation therapy. He has numerous international scientific publications in his name, including in high-impact journals.
Proton therapy has emerged as a leading cancer treatment option, but it has its challenges, like cost and easy availability, that need to be addressed. Every cancer and every patient is different; it depends on the stage of cancer,age and other factors that contribute to the treatment outcome.
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