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State-of-the art Apollo Cancer Institute in Odisha by 2018

Bhubaneswar, May 6: Apollo Hospitals Group would set up a state-of-the-art cancer institute in Bhubaneswar. The proposed Rs 100 crore project would be completed in 18 months.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for the same on Saturday in the presence of Apollo Hospitals Group vice-chairperson Preetha Reddy. The proposed five-storey to which would come up on the premises of Apollo Hospitals in Bhubaneswar would also have facilities like a new Cath Lab, operation theatres, more dialysis beds, more OPD chambers, additional day care beds and a multi-level parking.

“When operational, this new Cancer Hospital will be a boon to Odisha’s cancer patients as they will get best-in-class treatment right here without having to travel to other States,” said Chief Minister Patnaik, adding that incidence of breast and cervical cancers among women in Odisha is high and both need special treatment, which this new hospital will provide.

Apollo Hospitals, Odisha and Chhattisgarh regions Regional Chief Executive Officer Sudhir M Diggikar said initially the proposed centre would be a 50-bed hospital with state-of-the art facilities and will have the latest and the best technology, manned by a large pool of renowned specialists and supported by a dedicated team of medical and paramedical professionals.

This new Apollo Cancer Institute will offer specialty healthcare of international standards with outcomes matching those of the world's best hospitals. The cancer institute after completion will have two state of the art “CLINAC” radiation machines to offer latest radiation therapy treatment. This institute will also have “BRACHYTHERAPY” equipment whose function is to place radioactive sources inside the patient on a temporary or permanent basis to damage cancer cells’ DNA and destroy their ability to divide and grow. Apart from this, the proposed institute will also have Positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET CT) he added.  

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