Best Radiation Therapists in India
- Dr. Rakesh Jalali has been one of the top Radiation Oncologists in the country due to his utter dedication to Cancer Research and Education.
- He has been awarded the Oncologist Award by Medscape in 2014 and also received the top radiation oncologist award for consecutive 3 years from 2014 onwards.
- Over the years of his career, he has conducted path-breaking research to enhance the quality of cancer treatment.
- Dr. Tejinder Kataria is a renowned radiation oncologist who holds an experience of about 32 years in the field of radiation oncology.
- She founded the Department of Radiation Oncology at Artemis Health Institute and Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute.
- Her interests lie in stereotactic radiotherapy (SBRT), Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)and 3-D Conformal Radiation (3D CRT), PET-CT, MRI, SPECT, DSA and CT-Simulator fusion for treatment planning.
- Dr. Mahadev P is a radiation oncologist with 25+ years of experience and has played a major role in starting the Diplomate of National Board course in Radiotherapy in 2005.
- After getting trained in Australia, Dr. Mahadev P started Prostate brachytherapy at Apollo Specialty Cancer Hospital.
- Dr. Mahadev is also trained in Cyberknife radiosurgery – the only system in the world to treat tumors in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy.
- Dr. Subodh Chandra Pande is a well-known radiation oncologist in India. He has a long and rich clinical and teaching experience in the specialty of radiation oncology.
- He included a Dual Energy Linear Accelerator with Multi-Leaf Collimator at Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (BMCHRC), Jaipur & which was a first for the State of Rajasthan.
- Dr. Rathna Devi is a senior Radiation Oncologist who has an experience of 24 years in the field.
- She completed MBBS from M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore University, and a Diploma in Radiotherapy from Madras Medical College, Dr. MGR Medical University.
- Dr. Rathna Devi’s areas of expertise include Cranial Cyberknife Radiosurgery, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), and Stereotactic Body Radio Therapy (SBRT).
- Dr. Srinivas Chilukuri has been in one of the top layers of Oncologists in the country.
- He has been the clinical lead in advanced Radiation Oncology and has successfully trained more than 200 students all over the Indian Subcontinent.
- He was one of the first radiation oncologists to develop expertise and experience in the Volumetric Modulated technique for Paediatric and Prostate Cancer.
- Dr. Ashwathy Susan Mathew has been an eminent doctor hailing from the Department of Radiation Oncology Apollo Proton Cancer Centre, Chennai.
- She has performed extensive research in the diagnosis and treatment of Gastro-Intestinal Cancers and related metastasis.
- She has been awarded the Parvati Devi Gold Medal for Best Paper at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India.
- Dr. Sapna Nangia is a highly proficient clinical and radiation oncologist with versatile experience in cancer management.
- She has an experience of more than thirty-three years as a doctor and twenty-four years as a doctor across various eminent institutions in the country.
- Dr. Sapna Nangia has been trained for proton therapy at Miami Cancer Care, New York
- Dr. Indu Bansal Agarwal is the Director and Senior Consultant in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Gurugram.
- Dr. Indu Bansal Agarwal is extremely skilled in high-end techniques such as SRS, FSRS, IMRT, intraluminal, and interstitial brachytherapy. Her special areas of interest are Pediatric tumors, Central Nervous System Tumors, and Breast, Head and Neck Cancers.
- Dr. Indu Agarwal has co-authored chapters of several books and also has numerous publications to her credit in National and International Journals.
Best Radiation Oncology Hospitals in India
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi
- Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is a 700-bedded multispecialty hospital in the heart of the capital of India. It is a part of Apollo Hospital group, one of India’s most reputed healthcare chains. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has been accredited by Joint Commission International, making it the first internationally accredited hospital in the country in 2005.
- There are 52 specialties in the hospital with one of the best cardiology centers in the country. The hospital is also equipped with State of the art infrastructure facilities with the largest Sleep Lab in Asia and the largest number of ICU bed facilities in India.
- The hospital also has one of the largest dialysis units in India along with a dedicated Bone Marrow Transplant unit.
- The latest and highly advanced technologies that are installed in the hospital include Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System, PET-MR, PET-CT, Cobalt-based HDR Brachytherapy, Brain Lab Navigation System, Tilting MRI, Portable CT scanner, 3 Tesla MRI, 128 Slice CT scanner, DSA Lab, Endosonography, Hyperbaric Chamber and Fibro scan.
Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram
- Fortis Memorial Research Institute is a multi-super-specialty, quaternary care hospital with 1000 beds. The hospital comprises reputed clinicians, and international faculty and is also equipped with cutting-edge technology. The hospital is a part of Fortis Healthcare Limited, a reputed chain of private hospitals in India.
- It is a NABH-accredited hospital that is spread across 11 acres of land and has a capacity of 1000 beds. The hospital has 55 specialties and is one of the premier health care centers in the Asia Pacific region popularly known as “the Mecca of Healthcare”.
- The hospital has 260 diagnostic centers and is also equipped with the latest and advanced techniques that include 3 Telsa which is the world’s first Digital MRI technology. The hospital also has world-class Radiation Therapy techniques which have been developed by leading technology experts from Elekta and Brain Lab.
Apollo Hospital, Chennai
- Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, is one of the best hospitals for heart care in India. Over the years, Apollo has expanded all over India, as a healthcare chain.
- India’s first ‘Only Pancreas’ transplant was performed in Apollo Hospital. The hospital is known for successfully performing Asia’s first en-bloc combined heart and liver transplant, and over the years, it has attained a remarkable achievement in the global healthcare space. Around 3-4 organ transplants are performed in the hospital per day.
- Equipped with over 500 beds, this hospital in Chennai was established in 1983 and since then has been among the most preferred hospital for patients from all over the world.
- The hospital holds accreditation of the NABH and JCI and is the first hospital in India to be ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. It is also the first South Indian Hospital to receive subsequent reaccreditation from the JCI USA 4 times.
Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon
- One of India’s best and largest multi-specialty hospitals, Medanta was built with the aim to bring India to the highest standards of medical care. The hospital has been providing the best medical services to its patients, since its inception, with care, commitment, and compassion.
- Equipped with 1250 beds, the hospital was founded by Dr. Naresh Trehan in the year 2009 with an aim to provide the best medical care at affordable costs. The hospital is spread across 43 acres and includes 45 operation theatres and 350 beds dedicated solely to ICU. The hospital includes over 800 doctors, and more than 22 specialty departments and has a dedicated floor for individual specialty in order to offer the best services under one roof.
- The hospital is considered one of the premier institutes in India for Cardiac Care and includes staffs and members of high caliber. The hospital has 6 distinct centers of excellence.
Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi
- One of the well-regarded providers in India committed to the highest standards of clinical excellence and patient care, Max Super Specialty Hospital is a part of Max Healthcare, which is the second-largest healthcare chain in India. Regarded as one of the most well-regarded healthcare providers in the country, Max Super Specialty Hospital is committed to the highest standards of clinical excellence as well as patient care. The hospital is also equipped with the latest technology as well as cutting-edge research. The hospital is known to deliver and ensure the highest level of patient care.
- The hospital has more than 500 beds and offers treatment for over 35 specialties. The hospital also holds the credit of having installed the first Brain Suite in Asia. This is a highly advanced Neurosurgical machine that allows MRI to be taken while surgery is ongoing.
- Other advanced and latest technologies are also installed in the hospital such as the 1.5 Tesla MRI machine, 64 Slice CT Angiography, 4D ECHO, LINAC, and 3.5T MRI machine.
Artemis Hospital, Gurugram
- One of the most well-known hospitals in the Delhi NCR, Artemis Hospital is the first hospital in Gurugram to get accredited by the Joint Commission International.
- With more than 40 specialties, the hospital has been designed to be one of the most technically advanced hospitals in the country, with the best medical and surgical health care. The hospital has eleven special and dedicated centers, for Heart, Cancer, Neurosciences, etc.
- The latest technologies in the hospital include Endovascular Hybrid Operating Suite and Flat panel Cath Labs for the cardiovascular department, 3 Tesla MRI, 16 slice PET CT, 64 Slice Cardiac CT Scan, HDR Brachytherapy, and highly advanced Image Guided Radiation Therapy techniques (LINAC) are installed in the hospital.
- The hospital has won several awards as well, since its inception.
BLK Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi
- Equipped with 650 beds, BLK Superspecialty Hospital is the largest stand-alone private sector hospital in Delhi.
- With over 1500 healthcare providers and 150 globally renowned super specialists, the hospital is one of Asia’s largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centres. The hospital is known for having some of the best cancer doctors in the country.
- The hospital is NABH and NABL accredited and was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chennai
- Established in 1999, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai, is one of the top healthcare facilities in Southern India. It is part of the Gleneagles Hospital Chain, which is the fourth largest healthcare chain in the country. The hospital specializes in multi-organ transplants of kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, etc.
- The hospital has an excellent infrastructure and state-of-the-art lab and equipment set-up. The hospital boasts cutting-edge technologies, a highly skilled team of doctors and surgeons, and trained support staff. Located in Perumbakam, Chennai, it is one of India’s premier health care destinations. The hospital has performed some of the most complex surgical and clinical procedures in India including multi-organ transplantations.
- The hospital’s lung transplantation program is one of the best in the country. The hospital is known for having performed India’s first single lung transplant and first minimal invasive lung transplant. It is also the only Indian hospital to be associated with King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom for liver transplantations.
Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai
- Fortis Hospital in Mulund is a 315-bed multi-speciality tertiary care hospital with five JCI accreditations that offers a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The Fortis Hospital in Mulund delivers patient-centred treatment with cutting-edge technology, highly skilled and experienced surgeons, and paramedical staff.
- This institution houses Maharashtra’s largest multi-organ transplant centre. It is also the first heart transplant centre in western India to conduct 100 or more consecutive heart transplants in under four years. It is the only hospital in the city to have multi-organ transplants and has handled the youngest patient for angioplasty. Fortis Hospital Mulund now boasts the first advanced surgical robot in central Mumbai.
- Cardiology and heart surgery, urology, nephrology, neurosciences, orthopaedics, digestive care, emergency and critical care, and maternity care are among the services provided by the hospital.
Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai
- Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Named after the wife of Indian industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, this is one of the top hospitals in Mumbai. This 750-bed multi-specialty hospital became operational in 2009. Known as one of India’s most advanced tertiary care facilities, the hospital is designed to raise India’s global standing as a healthcare hub, with an emphasis on excellence in clinical services.
- Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital uses Protocol and Care Pathway based treatment models to ensure the best outcomes for patients.
- The hospital represents a confluence of top-notch talent, cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and, most importantly commitment.
- The hospital also holds the accreditation of the NABH, NABL, CAP, and JCI.
- The hospital has been recognized as the No. 1 Multispecialty Hospital in Mumbai and the West Zone for the fifth year in a row in 2020 by The Week.
What is Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high level radiation doses to either kill and eliminate the cancer cells or to shrink the malignant (cancerous) tumors in the body. In fact, every time you use an X-Ray to peep inside your body for a broken bone, you are using an ultra low-dose radiation therapy to obtain the images.
The primary goal of radiation therapy is to focus on the abnormal cell multiplication (in case of cancer) and destroy the growing cells without causing damage to the healthy cells around it. This is probably why radiation therapy is based on precision and expertise and is handled by professional Radiation oncologists only.
How does Radiation Therapy work?
The whole point of radiation therapy is to prevent the growth of abnormal cells which are primarily responsible for cancer. Now, this is done using high, focused light or heat waves which according to science, breaks down the DNA of the cancer cells in such a way that repair or growth becomes impossible for them.
However, do note, radiation therapy does not affect the cancerous cells right away. It may take weeks for the effect to start and the radiation left in the body from the treatment can continue to kill cancerous cells for weeks to come. Often, multiple radiation therapy settings are recommended to impact the cancerous cells.
Radiation Therapy Types: External Beam Vs Internal Radiation
The type of radiation therapy depend on a lot of variables, which include-
- The type of cancer or the part of the body affected
- The growth rate or size of the tumor
- Previous medical history / current medical conditions
- Whether alternative treatment methods will be better or not
- Age, severity of the tumor, patient’s immunity etc.
External Beam Radiation
External Beam Radiation uses a machine to aim the radiation waves at the cancer cells/ tumor. This is a beam-centric, local treatment method where the machine will not touch you, but it will move around the part of the body with the cancer cells.
Internal Radiation uses an invasive form of treatment method where the radiation is induced in your body in a solid/ liquid form.
- Brachytherapy is a form of internal radiation therapy that uses a radioactive implant in the form of capsules or seeds (solid) to target the cancer cells.
- Systemic radiation therapy is another form of internal radiation which uses swallowing, IV or injection (liquid) to target the cancer cells.
Are there any side effects to Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy is notoriously known for its side-effects which may vary from person to person. This depends on the amount of radiation exposure, the body part that has been exposed to radiation, the overall health and immunity/ core strength of the patient, etc.
Radiation therapy side effects can be divided into two parts, more precisely:
Short term side-effects
These show up during or immediately after the procedure and may stick around for a few days or weeks after that. These side effects include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Constant feeling of nausea (may be accompanied by vomiting )
- Hair loss
- Change in skin color/texture
These side-effects are often harmless (if experienced in moderation) and are most likely to go away on their own.
Long term Side-effects
These side-effects are a tough nut to crack and may often leave long, if not permanent damage. These include-
- Lymphedema- a condition where lymph fluid build-up may cause extreme pain and discomfort in patients
- Heart or lung damage (if the radiation therapy is directed to/ or nearby to the chest region)
- Increased thyroid problems
- Hormonal changes in women which may lead to menstrual irregularity or menopause.
The good news is, not everyone who undergoes radiation therapy experiences long-term side effects from this condition. However, radiation exposure to certain body parts can increase the risk of long-term effects.
What type of cancers can be treated using Radiation Therapy?
The radiation therapy is often determined by the position of the cancer. For example, Brachytherapy is often recommended for cancer in the eye, neck, breast, cervix or prostate whereas systemic radiation can be used for thyroid gland and hormone related cancers. Based on your diagnosis, your healthcare professional will be the best judge of which radiation therapy to use and for which part.
The Radiation Therapy Dream Team
Here’s a run down of the main team of healthcare professionals who will be appointed to treat you-
- Radio Oncologist & respective nurse
- Radiation therapist
- Radiation physicist
- Dosimetrist (to determine the accurate dosage required)
- nutritionists/ additional help / physical therapists (will be appointed post-therapy as additional help)
What are the other treatments that are used along with Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy is not a stand-alone treatment. Often cancer treatments include a medley of procedures, amongst which radiation therapy is one of the crucial ones. However, procedures like chemo, targeted therapy or surgery still are the front-runners to cancer treatment. Radiation therapy is often combined with these or either one of these procedures for maximum effect, pain relief and steady cancer cure.
Radiation Therapy- pre-treatment preparation
Here’s a quick rundown of everything you should cover before your radiation therapy takes place. This includes-
- Helping your medical professionals with a full-suite medical history, including your past or current medication prescription
- Your doctor will prescribe some physical exams which has to be completed and submitted to your doctor on-time.
- Ask your doctor for dietary requirements for 24 hrs leading up to the procedure
What to expect from/ during Radiation Therapy?
We know it must be nerve-wrecking heading for radiation therapy which is why we have listed down everything you should expect during the procedure.
- Before starting the procedure, your radiation oncologist will determine the type of therapy and the required dosage for the procedure.
- Initially an image-testing will be prescribed to locate the exact point where the radiation should be focused at.
- You may be asked to wear a plaster cast to ensure the focus point remains steady and still throughout the radiation process. Don’t worry, this is temporary.
- Often patients undergoing internal radiation are subjected to anesthesia to reduce pain and discomfort.
- The external radiation therapy is painless and you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. However, surrounding healthy tissues and cells, often exposed to radiation, may show signs of distress.
- Radiation therapy usually continues for weeks- often on a consecutive 5-day stretch with a 2-day break to help the surrounding affected tissues heal themselves.
What will your post-Radiation Therapy care be like?
Radiation therapy may leave some short and long term side effects, most of which will affect your diet. We have summarized your diet requirements below, but it’s best if you can ask your appointed nutrition for details since dietary regulations vary from person to person.
Diet Check: Since nausea (and maybe vomiting) will be persistent during this time, your body may develop some mouth sores or throat problems along with it. However, a recovering body would need a lot of energy which is why high calorie and protein intake should be added to your everyday diet.
Lifestyle Check: While some patients are strong enough to continue everyday chores and work during radiation, some might need a little more time to get back to their usual life. Since fatigue will be a common side effect around this time, we encourage patients to mostly work from home or from a comfortable setting where they can get their rest as and when needed.
Is Radiation therapy only used to kill the cancer?
In the initial stages, yes, radiation therapy solely focuses on killing the cancer cells, but later in the recovery period, radiation can be used to treat pain and discomfort in patients too.
How long will the side-effects last?
Depending on a lot of factors, your radiation therapy side-effects can be in the form of nausea or extreme tiredness which are depicted as EARLY side effects. These last for a few weeks after the procedure. LATE side effects such as heart or lung problems will probably take years to recover.
Is medical leave necessary for radiation therapy?
This heavily depends on your body’s ability to heal and your level of fatigue. Since side effects like extreme tiredness and nausea may accompany you for a few days- it’s necessary to first access your situation before committing yourself to work.
My side effects are increasing- what should I do?
Notify your doctor immediately.
How should I take care of the radiation exposed area?
Your healthcare professional will help you out with the care guidelines. In most cases, the skin around the exposure area will be sensitive and should not be exposed to harsh chemicals (cosmetics) or direct sunlight.