Apollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai is one of the few hospitals in India that is equipped to provide 360 degree cancer care. The comprehensive treatment planning system involves a Tumour Board which consists of a panel of competent medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. The Board along with diagnostic consultants examines referred cases and jointly decides on the best line of treatment for each patient. Medical counsellors, speech therapists, dieticians and other professionals, relevant to the case further support the panel.
The Hospitals has dedicated a brand-new contemporary and exclusive Chemotherapy Ward to Cancer patients on the occasion of Rose Day, on September 22nd, 2011.
Apollo Speciality Hospital also has speciality clinics like The Breast Clinic, Brain Tumour Clinic and Thyroid Clinic.
The Apollo Speciality Hospital is equipped with two Linear Accelerators (LINAC) for external beam therapy.The Multileaf Collimator (MLC) with Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) add to the accuracy and precision and help in optimising radiation.
Other facilities include a High Dose Rate Micro Selectron Brachytherapy unit, computerized 3D treatment planning system for both traditional and inverse planning and permanent isotope implantation. The hospital also provides Prostate Brachytherapy Treatment for treating early carcinoma of the prostate. The centre uses Iodine 125 Seed Implant Technique which reduces the duration of hospitalization and offers higher patient convenience than the conventional Radical Prostatectomy or the conventional External Beam Radiotherapy.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radio Therapy
Apollo Speciality Hospital Chennai was the first center in South Asia to introduce Streotactic Radiosurgery.
A non-invasive technique where the entire radiological equivalent of the full treatment is administered in a single dose, this is especially useful in treating various types of intracranial lesions like Arteriovenous Malformation, Meningiomas, and Acoustic Schwanomas and offers several advantages over conventional surgical procedures.
Ushering in another new era in healthcare, the Apollo Hospitals Group has introduced the most advanced CyberKnife® Robotic Radio Surgery System in Asia Pacific. The world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy.An innovation in the treatment of cancer, a breakthrough technology, a non-invasive alternative to surgery, the CyberKnife® brings an unparalleled approach to treating inoperable tumors. Patients who previously had no options or only high-risk options for treatment now have a safer alternative. Click here to know more about CyberKnife
The Linear Accelerator assisted Stereotactic Radio Surgery is a preferred treatment for deep routed lesions and is performed at Apollo Speciality Hospital at a cost that is extremely moderate.
Annually, over a thousand new patients are given chemotherapy. Both conventional and newer protocols of chemotherapy are routinely performed at the hospital.
Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT)
BMT is a technique used to treat malignant conditions like Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Lymphatic Leukemia, Myeloma and Hodgkin's disease. Specific cases of breast and ovarian cancers, Neuroblastoma and genetic disorders like Thalassemia have also benefited from this treatment. Rated among the best in the world, the BMT unit at Apollo Speciality Hospital performs both autologous and allogenic transplantation. Facilities available include a cell separator for stem cell harvest procedures and a freezing system for cryopreservation of cells. Peripheral Stem Harvest is also carried out .
Complicated and delicate tumour excisions are routinely performed at Apollo Speciality Hospital. The team of highly trained and motivated Surgical Oncologists well supported by skilled operating theatre and recovery staff, ensure that the success rate of Oncology surgeries at the Apollo Speciality Hospital is comparable with that of the best centres in the world.
The Histopathology and Cytology division examines the tissues and fluids removed from the patient. After a series of complicated processing by automated machines and using special staining procedures, a study enables the pathologists to arrive at the diagnosis and plan the treatment.
Full Field Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis (3D) System
Marking a new beginning in diagnosis of Breast Cancer, South Asia's first-of-its-kind, Full-Field Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis (3D) system was inaugurated at Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospitals, Chennai by Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, in the presence of Mr. Jack Cumming, Chairman, Hologic Inc., USA and Dr. G S K Velu, Founder & Managing Director, Trivitron Healthcare.
Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis (3D) is the latest technology for breast cancer. This device Breast Tomosynthesis is a 3-dimensional imaging technology that involves acquiring images of a stationary compressed breast at multiple angles during a short scan. The individual images are then reconstructed into a series of thin high resolution slices that can be displayed individually or in a dynamic cine mode. Digital breast Tomosynthesis offers a number of exciting opportunities including the possibility of reduced breast compression, improved diagnostic and screening accuracy, 3-D lesion localization, and contrast-enhanced 3-D imaging.
The benefits of digital mammography are at many levels:
- Quick and easy procedure.
- Less discomfort to the patient.
- Low dose of radiation.
- Accuracy is better, particularly in the 40 to 50 years age group.
- All images are archived and stored digitally and hence loss or damage of films will not affect patient care during follow up.
- Since it is digital, it can be sent electronically to other center's for another opinion.
- Storing digitally creates an enormous database, which is useful to teach and train the younger generation.