Latest inroads of technology

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The advanced technology and accessible treatment has made the once dreaded disease curable today.  There has been tremendous progress in all three types of treatment — surgical, chemotherapy and radiation oncology. Chief of surgical oncology at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Dr Moni Kuriakose has said that with optical biopsy, detection has come to molecular level and surgeries are done using minimal invasive techniques and chemotherapy has progressed to the genetic level.  However, doctors warn of side-effects suc as using technology like CyberKnife for treating large tumours is inappropriate.

According to him It’s like using an armour to kill a mosquito. In some countries, CyberKnife has been approved of for treating brain tumour, etc. In India there is lack of proper regulation to use cyberknife. Kidwai Institute in-charge director Dr M Vijayakumar said that apart from technology, there is a need of a qualified work force, whether it’s for conducting radiation or chemotherapy. Qualification is mandatory in government institutes, but there are no checks in private hospitals on staff or technology.  With the advancement in technology, cancer can be detected early and persolised treatment can be provided.

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