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Medica Cancer Hospital, Rangapani introduces Halcyon machine for advanced treatment

The Halcyon Radiation Therapy system’s targeted therapy ensures that damage to healthy tissues surrounding the tumour can be further avoided or minimised

Medica Cancer Hospital, Rangapani has introduced a high-end radiotherapy machine Halcyon with Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) & Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), to its considerable bouquet of advanced services offered.

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The Halcyon Radiation Therapy system’s targeted therapy ensures that damage to healthy tissues surrounding the tumour can be further avoided or minimised, which is of great benefit in cases such as cancer of the head and neck, prostate, lungs etc. The precisely delivered radiation with a tight focus prevents damage to healthy tissues and hence reduces the side effects of cancer treatment. The advanced system also ensures the completion of treatment in fewer steps as compared to the older radiation therapy system. Through the use of intelligent automation, reduces the treatment time and makes the therapy more comfortable for the patient.

Dr Sourav Dutta, Director Medica Cancer Hospitals, said “Medica shall bring latest technologies in our cancer hospital here so that people from this region and nearby neighbouring states do not have to travel to other states for treatment. We shall offer all these treatments at an affordable cost which will be beneficial for the people.”

Dr Alok Roy, Chairman Medica Group of Hospitals & Chair, FICCI health Services Committee, averred, “At Medica Cancer Hospital, we have always been a leader in enhancing cancer treatment in North-East and rest of India and have consistently remained a trailblazer in delivering state-of-the-art healthcare to our patients not only from India but also our neighbouring counties like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. The Halcyon Radiation Therapy system is designed around the patient with the assurance of an enhanced connection, that allows our oncology team to deliver exceptional treatment with increased efficiency in a less intimidating environment that is comfortable and reassuring to the patients.”

The Halcyon system has multiple benefits including automated treatment, comfort for the patient, ease of use for the oncology team, and accelerated installation timeframe with shortening of time from installation to first treatment without sacrificing quality. The system simplifies and enhances every aspect of the radiation therapy process, with image guidance and intensity-modulation radiotherapy (IMRT) that improves patient comfort. With a streamlined workflow, the Halcyon system requires just nine steps from the start to the end of treatment compared to up to more than 30 steps with older technologies. The improved workflow increases efficiency.

Medica Cancer Hospital, the solo cancer hospital in the North-East region comprising North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal and East Bihar is a 50-bed hospital situated a mere 14 kilometres from the heart of Siliguri. The advanced cancer care hospital has been able to successfully fill a huge void in the healthcare facility of this region where state-of-the-art radiation therapy, as a part of comprehensive cancer treatment, was lacking. The services offered here include radiation oncology, surgical oncology and medical oncology, with 24×7 availability of specialists.

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