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Hospitals to invest in cancer cure

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In a year’s time, cancer treatment will become a matter of a few hours. Top private hospitals are pumping in INR 200 crore to augment cancer detection and treatment facility in Kolkata. The Tata Memorial Hospital’s only campus outside Mumbai is coming up at Rajarhat and has been billed as the best cancer treatment centre in the state with around 150-beds and the latest in cancer treatment apart from research facilities. Work on the complex, spread over 16 acres of land in New Town, has already started. The deadline is early 2008. Howrah’s Westbank Hospital is all set to start a one-stop breast cancer detection centre at its proposed second campus. The clinic will have a highly advanced radiotherapy unit and instruments to detect breast cancer even before a lump has appeared. In West Bengal, the estimated number of cancer cases is around 2.5 lakh. Every year around 60,000 new cancer cases are detected. Now, after an abnormality is detected, one has to wait for operation till the lump appears. If the delay is prolonged, it may become incurable. With the new facility, it will be possible to do a biopsy in the pre-lump stage and remove them though a technique that is yet to be used in India. The breast will not be affected in any way. Apollo Gleneagles Hospital is planning to introduce a modern radiotherapy unit soon to complement its “minimally-invasive surgeries” for cancer. “We will have a new block with a host of new facilities, including an improved cancer care unit,” said a spokesperson.

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