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AOI Performs Hybrid Interstitial Brachytherapy Procedure to Treat Cervical Cancer

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AOI Performs Hybrid Interstitial Brachytherapy Procedure to Treat Cervical Cancer

Hyderabad, April 22 (UNI) In a first of its kind in India, the American Oncology Institute (AOI) has successfully performed two hybrid interstitial brachytherapy procedures using Varian’s Aarhus applicator to treat cervical cancer of the womb at Citizens Hospital here. Announcing this at a press conference here at a private hotel, Dr. Suneetha Mulinti, Senior Radiation Oncology Consultant, AOI, said the procedure is used exclusively for gynecological cancer (cancer of the cervix) . While explaining the procedures, Dr Suneetha said, “Half of the treatment for cervical cancer is external radiation therapy by not touching the patient. The remaining half of the treatment is given by intracavitary radiation therapy where we insert radioactive materials directly into the uterus First part of the treatment everyone is accepted in the second part, some patients are afraid of the treatment In order to improve the second part of the treatment which is brachytherapy or internal radiation therapy, there is a variety of treatments available Majority of institutes do it without anesthesia and this is a painful process In this context, AOI has implemented a new procedure to treat the second part of the treatment which is brachytherapy or internal radiotherapy with anesthesia in operating room.So the patient has no pain.The blood loss is also very minimal and the procedure does not also takes only 10 to 15 minutes in the morning and evening. The entire procedure will be under MRI imaging. It will be two sessions. The reaction with radiation is also less,” she added. In his recorded message, while elaborating on the procedure, Dr. Sushil Beriwal, Radiation Oncologist, USA, said, “This hybrid interstitial applicator with state-of-the-art MRI imaging may help increase tumor dose while maintaining normal tissue doses to a minimum. This advanced form of brachytherapy has been shown to improve local control and reduce morbidities.” The cost of treatment would be around Rs 1.25 lakhs to Rs 1.50 lakhs, added Dr Suneetha . Dr. Prabhakar, Regional Operations Manager P, AOI also present on occasion. UNI VV GK