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Saturday, Nov 23, 2002
Apollo opens Rs 25-cr cancer facility in Delhi
NEW DELHI, Nov. 22
THE Apollo Hospitals group has formally thrown open its Apollo Cancer Institute at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, in the Capital.
This would be the third such facility, exclusively for cancer, from the hospital group, which has two other facilities at Chennai and Hyderabad.
The renowned oncologist, Dr Suresh H. Advani, has been taken on-board as Group President (Oncology).
Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman of the group, told newspersons on Friday that an investment of Rs 25 crore has been made in the facility.
This would comprise top-end technology such as Dynamic Micro Multileaf Collimeter and Virtual Simulation - enabling radiation oncologists to achieve precision.
The group is also looking at operationalising its genetic diagnostic facility in Hyderabad by December, he added.
Dr Reddy said that the hospital was also forging ahead with clinical trials, but it would be only for drugs that have completed their phase I and phase II trials abroad.
While this means that the safety profile of the drugs would already be established to a certain extent, they would be tried only with the consent of patients.
Dr Advani said that treatment was increasingly becoming a combination of high-dose treatments with stem-cell transplantations.
When treatment reaches a stage where no other drug works, patients are given the option of trying a new drug, including the bio-therapeutic ones, he added.
Dr Reddy also said that Apollo was looking at holistic medicine.
On whether this would mean the incorporation of the Indian systems of medicine, he said that the group was already offering alternate therapies such as Pranic healing and ayurvedic treatment at its centres in Chennai and Hyderabad.
However, while it was close to his heart, there are issues with the standardisation of alternative therapies. "Apollo would get there, in time to come."
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