Department of Radiation Oncology
☎ tel Office-2246 RT OPD - 2323, RT Ward 2332; email: email@example.com
About the Department
Regional Cancer Centre Rohtak is the only tertiary care centre in Haryana providing comprehensive cancer treatment to needy and poor patients. The Department of Radiation Oncology came into existence in the year 1977. On 7th Dec 1977 this institution got its first fully rotational Theratron 765 cobalt teletherapy unit. The existing building of Regional Cancer Centre has been inaugurated on 20th Dec 1988. In 1990s this institution got another cobalt teletherapy machine, facility for intracavitary brachytherapy and other equipment required for a full-fledged Radiation Oncology Department. This institute has been upgraded into Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) under National Cancer Control Program by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in 1999. Eighty percent of cancer patients need Radiation Oncology sometime in the course of their disease. PGIMS Rohtak is equipped with three teletherapy machines, one telecobalt Theratron 780E and two state of art Equinox telecobalt machines. Regional Cancer Centre is also equipped with Microselectron Brachytherapy unit, which was commissioned on 12th Feb 2005. The Institute is having a dedicated faculty and six MD Radiation Oncology & five BSc Radiation Oncology Technology students are being trained every year. A Linear Accelerator complex has been approved by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and construction of same is going to start soon. Ninety five percent of the patients are receiving their Radiation Oncology treatment free of cost and brachytherapy treatment is provided entirely free of cost to all the needy patients. The RCC is actively involved in health education and community based cancer programs.
Awards/Recognitions achieved by the department
* Dr Vivek Kaushal received AROI international overseas fellowship for Radiation Oncologists for the year 2012.
* Dr N.P.Patel received “Young Investigator Award” for the year of 2006, by Association of Medical Physicist of India (AMPI), during AMPICON 2006 at Bhubaneswar.
* Dr N.P.Patel received AROI national fellowship for Medical Physicist for the 2012.
* Mr N. Balasubramanian received “AMPI Meritorious Medical Physicist Award” for the year of 2014 by Association of Medical Physicist of India (AMPI), during AMPICON 2014 at Pravara Medical College, Loni, Maharashtra.
* Dr Anil K Dhull received best poster award in 12th International Conference of Asian Clinical Oncology Society (ACOS-2016) held in New Delhi from 08th to 10th April 2016.
Contributions of the Department in generating new knowledge, basic or applied:
* Dr Vivek Kaushal’s research is quoted in International book (Text Book of Radiation Oncology by Perez)
* Dr Anil K Dhull Contributed a chapter in the Medical Text Book as “Existing Consensus Recommendations for Breast Cancer”. In: Hereditary Breast Cancer, editor.1st ed. Chapter 4. India: Oncology Gold Standard Breast Cancer Update; 2014. p. 49-78.ISBN No: 978-81-923972-2-1.
Functioning of Radiation Oncology Department
- Patient care, specifically treatment of cancer patients using radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy along with palliative care.
- Teaching and training of under-graduate medical students, postgraduate medical students and paramedical technical staffs along with research work.
- Other miscellaneous works like organizing early detection of cancer clinics, educating common people about prevention of cancer, exchange of management technique results, updating and departmental administration. As radiation is hazardous and very harmful for the normal structures of the human body it should be very carefully, accurately and precisely planned and delivered. Therefore, a proper and accurate Radiation Oncology planning and dose calculation is essential for each patient before delivering the Radiation Oncology.
Various Sections of Radiation Oncology Department
- Out Patient Department (OPD): Radiation Oncology department runs daily OPD. Here new and old cancer patients on follow up are managed.
- Teletherapy section: The department has three Cobalt-60 teletherapy machines. Here, a beam of radiation emitted from the above mentioned machines treats patients.
- Brachytherapy section: The department has state of the art HDR Brachytherapy facilities commissioned in January 2005. Here patients are treated by placing radiation source directly inside the tumor. At present all Oncologists consider Brachytherapy as a very important modality of treatment for cancer. Therefore, Brachytherapy itself is a separate branch of Radiation Oncology/Radiation Oncology Department.
- Chemotherapy section: Here cancer patients are daily treated by chemotherapy/biologic therapy on OPD and indoor basis.
- Mould room and workshop: In this section patient immobilization devices, shielding devices etc are made for each patient, which are used during treatment.