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Kasturba Hospital pioneers stereotactic radiosurgery in coastal Karnataka

kasturba-hospitalManipal: Department of radiotherapy and oncology, Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Hospital, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal commenced stereotactic radiosurgery. This is the first time this therapy has been administered in coastal Karnataka.

Dr Krishna Sharan, head of department of radiotherapy and oncology, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal said, “Stereotactic radiosurgery is a technique wherein very high doses of X-rays can be delivered to a small point focused on the cancerous tissue, leading essentially to total elimination of disease at that point”.

The result is equivalent to complete surgical removal of the mass, hence the procedure is termed as radiosurgery. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a relatively new technique of treatment, and with research has found itself major roles to play in treatment of certain brain cancers and some other non-cancerous conditions.

Additionally, with progress in treatment delivery, technique is no longer limited to only the brain, where it was first established. Stereotactic body radiotherapy can be utilized for treatment of cancers in other parts of the body such as small lung cancers and liver cancers.

Dr M Dayananda, medical superintendent and COO said, “With installation of the latest linear accelerator with stereotactic facility, Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Hospital of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal now matches the best in the country in terms of clinical expertise and equipments.”