Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology was set up in 1980 to provide radiation therapy to patients.
Established to impart Hyperthermic treatment, this facility is unique to our centre, and initial studies have demonstrated excellent results, comparable to data published in the west.
Hyperthermia refers to heating of cancerous tissue to temperatures of 410 - 450° C, in order to render cancer cells inactive. Heat alone, or together with radiation and chemotherapy, helps mobilise cell kill rates. Head and neck cancer, and some pelvic tumours, can be effectively treated. The division will soon begin a prospective trial to prove its initial findings, with the support of the Indian Council of Medical Research.
A prospective trial to assess the benefits of hyperthermia treatment in HIV patients is also on the anvil.
The department is also very active in the field of research. Multicentric trials with reputed institutes like the International Atomic Energy Agency and Department of Atomic Energy of India have been conducted. We work closely with the Indian Institute of Technology and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, in our research pursuits
Advanced Centre for Radiation Oncology (ACRO) is the new wing of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Nanavati Hospital. The new wing situated at third level basement boasts of dual energy photon linear accelerator from Elekta, a Swedish company. Precise Digital Linear Accelerator not only has 6 & 15 MV photons but six levels of electrons as well. LA is also equipped with MLC for intensity modulated radiation with online imaging. Virtual wedge is a unique feature of this machine. In vivo digital dosimeter monitors actual delivery of planned radiation. Precise plan is a high end computerized planning system connected to CT & MRI scans to facilitate virtual simulation and IMRT planning is done on this machine with a special algorithm using inverse planning.
What does it all mean to the patient? This is about high precision delivery of high energy radiation to cancer embedded deep in the entrails of the body, but at the same time sparing radiation injury to normal tissues. It is much like snugly fitting stocking on a delicate leg, high dose of radiation enveloping tumour. The advantage for the patients would be to reduce acute and late toxicities while enhancing chances of cure. Prostate cancer, Head and neck cancers and cervical cancer are eminently suitable for IMRT.
The iconic healthcare institution of Mumbai, Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, blessed by Mahatma Gandhi and inaugurated in 1950 by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, is now reintroduced as Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital.
Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital has been at the forefront of healthcare for 65 years. Today the 350 bed facility housing 55 speciality departments offers a plethora of services in practically every field of modern medicine and health care. Our well-equipped hospital rooms, state-of-the-art departments and technologically advanced systems are all backed by the expertise and reputation of over 350 consultants, 100 resident doctors, 475 nursing staff and 1500 employees.
The hospital’s state-of-the-art Imaging Centre, spanning over 10,000 sq. ft, houses 3 Tesla 32 channel wide bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner with MR guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) and High-Intensity-Focused-Ultrasound, 64 slice Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography (PET CT) with cardiac capability. The Catheterization Lab at Nanavati Heart Centre which is the first of its kind in Mumbai, has a team of highly experienced and qualified faculty providing 24x7 Interventional Cardiac Services.
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