Proton therapy can be effective in treating many types of tumours, including tumours of the brain, head and neck, central nervous system, lung, prostate and gastrointestinal system. Proton therapy is a type of radiation therapy that can be used with kids and teenagers. It is more accurate than other types of radiation and more likely to be successful because it protects healthy tissues. It helps prevent serious complications and lessening the chance of secondary tumours.
Proton therapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses protons to destroy cancer cells. It is used to treat cancers in the head and neck, prostate, breast, lung, and esophagus.
The proton beam can be directed with great precision to the tumor site. This means that healthy tissue around the tumor can be spared from exposure to radiation.
Proton therapy is a form of radiation therapy that is effective in targeting a wide variety of cancers. This includes cancers located in the brain, head, neck, central nervous system, lung and prostate glands. Proton therapy can also be used for other conditions differently by checking if the tumour is sensitive to proton radiation.
Proton therapy is often the preferred option when it comes to treating solid tumours in children. It's slower process (requiring multiple treatments) but the precision means that there's less radiation of normal tissues, which may lead to serious complications and have a long-term effect on your child.
Proton beam therapy is the preferred standard for many tumours including:
The evidence on the field has shown that proton therapy offers benefits for many types of cancer and is certainly worth being considered over X-rays.
Uses Of Tomotherapy
TomoTherapy is actually a form of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
TomoTherapy is most effective when a full course of therapy is needed, such as in the case of lung cancer. It can also be used to treat multiple tumors simultaneously or previously radiated areas.
TomoThearapy is available at Apollo Health City, Hyderabad.
In Genetic Profiling the gene mutation of the cancerous cells are checked to predict whether the patient can respond to a particular drug or not. The genes of the patient will help in judging the effectiveness of a method of appropriate cancer treatment.
We use this protocol to treat the various types of cancers such as :
We understand that undergoing chemotherapy is not easy for a patient, given its side effects. Chemotherapy is administered at dedicated short stay Chemotherapy wards with strict protocols of infection control and a warm and cheery ambience, as well as specially trained nursing staff.
Complex tumour removals are skillfully performed by Apollo’s highly trained and motivated surgical oncologists. They are ably supported by dedicated operating theatres, recovery and ICU staff. Apollo’s success rate in oncology surgeries is comparable to that of the best centres in the world. Specialized surgeries like skull base, commando, liver resection, micro vascular reconstructions of flaps, extensive resection of hepatic and lung tumours, limb conserving surgery in bone tumours, laparoscopic surgery in staging and diagnosis, and the like are performed with high success rates.
The Apollo Institutes of Robotic Surgery are committed to providing patients with an exceptional experience using cutting edge treatment options.
Our state-of-the-art operating theatres are equipped with the da Vinci Si surgical system, the most advanced platform for minimally invasive surgery available today. The four armed surgical robotic system is a breakthrough in surgical technology and is offered across the following specialties:
How Is Robotic Surgery Performed?
Robot-assisted surgery integrates advanced computer technology with the experience of skilled surgeons. This technology provides the surgeon with a 10x magnified, high definition, 3D-image of the body’s intricate anatomy. The controls in the console allow the surgeon to manipulate special surgical instruments that are smaller, as well as more flexible and manoeuvrable than the human hand. The surgeon is thus in complete control of the surgical procedure. The robot helps replicate the surgeons hand movements, while minimizing hand tremors. The surgery is thus operated with enhanced precision, dexterity and control even during the most complex procedures.
Why Robotics For Cancer?
Robot-assisted surgery when indicated for cancer patients offers various unique advantages.
Advantages Of Robot-Assisted Surgery:
Apollo Hospitals’ comprehensive care is supported by technology and innovative techniques in High Precision Radiation oncology. High tech radiation oncology is used to treat not only small tumours located in critical areas but is useful in large tumours as well. Experts at Apollo, from a range of disciplines, come together to assess a patient’s suitability for the therapy, which is delivered using a number of precisely-targeted stereotactic beams. The 4-dimensional CT scanner is useful in planning treatment to track the tumour’s position as it moves when the patient breathes, guaranteeing a high degree of accuracy and potentially fewer side effects by limiting irradiation of the surrounding normal tissues.
Proton Beam Therapy is one of the most advanced forms of radiation therapy in the world. It uses high-energy proton beam for cancer treatment. The proton beam therapy is a form of particle therapy that will usher in a paradigm shift in cancer treatment. It provides targeted treatment and amplification unlike any other radiation treatment.
Conventional radiotherapy uses high energy X-Rays to treat cancer and certain benign tumors. In doing so, it also damages the healthy tissue. Another disadvantage is the delivery of radiation to the healthy tissue around the tumor. In contrast, proton beam delivers a high dose of radiation only to the tumor maximizing the chances of cure and in turn minimizing the adverse effects to the surrounding healthy tissues.
Furthermore a superlative advantage is its proper dose distribution. A low dose of radiation is released at the body surface which is followed by a sharp burst once it hits the tumor, with negligible radiation travelling beyond the target. The protons can deliver highly conformal radiation to any shape, volume or depth of the tumor by controlling the delivery of their entire energy to the so-called ‘Braggs Peak Region’
Proton Beam Therapy has revolutionized the treatment of several cancers like paediatric cancers, skull base tumors, brain tumors, prostate cancers, and lung cancer to name a few. It becomes a viable option, particularly in cases where treatment options are limited and conventional radiotherapy possess a higher risk to patients. Proton beam therapy has to a large extent, overcome the limitations of conventional radiotherapy. It has the potential to cure more cancers with better quality of life, during and after treatment.
South East Asia’s first Proton Beam Therapy Centre, Apollo Proton Cancer Centre was introduced by Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. India is amongst the few nations in the world which is offering this advanced cancer care treatment.
True Beam STx
The TrueBeam STx system is an innovative solution that is fast and powerful, giving clinicians the ability to navigate the complexities of cancer care with confidence, including challenging cancers of the brain, spine, lung, liver and prostate. TrueBeam STx combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated motion management to accurately and precisely target tumours with speed.
Truebeam STx With Velocity
Varian’s Truebeam STx with Velocity is an advanced radiotherapy system engineered to deliver more powerful cancer treatments with speed and precision. The latest technology is engineered to deliver high doses with accuracy while protecting nearby healthy tissues and critical organs.
Novalis is the latest technology in radiation oncology which is the most advanced cancer treatment available and is changing the face of cancer treatment. It comes with the advantage of maximizing tumour destruction while minimizing damage to the normal tissues, and offers hope to patients with clinical conditions once considered untreatable. Novalis Tx Radiosurgery incorporates a powerful linear accelerator, which rotates around the patient to deliver treatment beams anywhere in the body from virtually any angle. A set of sophisticated image guidance and motion management tools provide clinicians with detailed information about the shape, size and position of the targeted lesion, guide patient setup and positioning and monitor motion during treatment.
The CyberKnife consists of a lightweight linear accelerator mounted on a robotic arm. Near real-time images allow for patient movement tracking within a 1mm spatial accuracy. The CyberKnife references the position of the treatment target to internal radiographic features such as the skull, bony landmarks or implanted fiducial rather than a frame. The CyberKnife uses real-time X-rays to establish the position of the lesion during treatment and then dynamically brings the radiation beam into alignment with the observed position of the treatment target. The CyberKnife aims each beam independently. When the target moves, the robot detects the change and accommodates it. This treatment system has been used to successfully treat lesions in patients who are otherwise not candidates for surgery or for lesions that are not amenable to open surgical techniques.
Apollo Hospitals is amongst the bare few Tomotherapy centres in India that provides Tomotherapy treatment, a pioneering form of radiation therapy. Tomotherapy uses computed tomography (CT) guided intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for accurate treatment of cancer by targeting the radiation dose to the exact tumor shape. The state of the art system, used in combination with TomoHelical TM and TomoDirect TM radiation delivery, allows precision in the treatment of different kinds of organ specific cancers.
Tomotherapy treatment in India is fast gaining ground owing to the superior outcomes that it delivers for patients. It allows oncologists to monitor their treatment plan on a daily basis through low dose CT imaging which shows the extent of radiation on the tumor while minimising the effect on healthy tissues. With such close supervision on the planned treatment, it helps get the best results for the patients. Due to its multiple benefits, tomotherapy treatment is now one of the most preferred treatment route adopted by oncologists in India.
Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Oncology (3D-CRT)
A set of CT images is used to identify both the tumour and the critical normal tissue structures that need to be avoided. Then, radiation beams of varying shapes are designed to enter the patient from multiple angles, and hit the tumour while avoiding nearby healthy tissues.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Oncology (IMRO)
IMRT is a specialised form of 3D-CRT treatment in which not only the shapes of the radiation beams are varied, but their strengths or intensities as well. This further guarantees that the tumour receives the maximum amount of radiation, while the surrounding normal tissues receive the least possible.
Image Guided Radiation Oncology (IGRO)
This is a cutting-edge technique that combines X-ray imaging and radiation oncology, and allows the daily tracking of changes in both the location and shape of the tumour and healthy surrounding tissues during the course of treatment. IGRT promises to further improve the accuracy of radiation oncology.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
Brachytherapy involves the use of radioactive sources that are either implanted into the tumour (interstitial brachytherapy) or placed near it, generally in a body cavity (intracavitary brachytherapy) Uterine and cervical cancers are often treated with intracavitary brachytherapy, and prostate cancers can be treated using interstitial brachytherapy. It can also be used to treat early cancers of the tongue and cheek instead of surgery.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a procedure utilising very accurate targeted radiation in large doses to effectively kill a tumour or destroy a lesion. It is a non-invasive procedure that has been used as an effective alternative to surgery or conventional standard fractionated radiation oncology for treating small tumours.
Stereotactic radiosurgery uses precisely focused radiation beams to treat tumours and other abnormal growths in the brain, spinal column and other body sites. Technology delivers high doses of radiation to the tumour with minimal exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue.
Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT)
Bone Marrow Transplantation is one of the innovative treatments offered at Apollo Hospitals. It is an exciting area of medicine. Over the last few decades this has been a well established treatment for several cancers and diseases of the blood.
The Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Programme has a team of highly skilled experts including paediatricians, nurses, apheresis staff, infectious disease specialists, a paediatric ICU team and a BMT co-ordinator who work as part of a multi-specialty team to provide customised care for children who undergo this treatment.
Bone Marrow Transplantation Can Be Performed For The Following Conditions: