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The first privately-run hospital dedicated to oncology has been launched in Mumbai, in a boon for private cancer care for the Maharashtra state capital’s denizens. 

As previously reported by Health Issues India, cancer infrastructure in India is in great need of an upgrade. An estimated 2.25 million people live with the disease in the country, with more than 1.15 million new cases registered and an estimated 784,821 deaths recorded last year. The third highest number of cancer cases in the world are borne by India but, despite this, the country is home to a mere 1,250 oncologists and just 62 dedicated cancer centres as of November 2019. 

With many Indians dependent upon the private sector for their medical needs, a boost in private cancer care is necessary. The launch of a new hospital in Mumbai is encouraging and highlights the need for such a boon to occur countrywide.

HealthCare Global Enterprises, Ltd. (HCG), which describes itself as “India’s largest provider of cancer care” and “as being at the forefront of the battle against cancer,” operates more than 26 cancer care centres across India and “has brought advanced cancer care to the doorstep of millions of people.” The Mumbai centre, located in the city’s Borivali suburb, was inaugurated with HealthCare Global Enterprises chairman and chief executive officer Dr B. S. Ajaikumar and actress Manisha Koirala in attendance – the latter having struggled with ovarian cancer. India bears the second highest burden of ovarian cancer worldwide, after China. 

Speaking at the inauguration of the HCG private cancer care centre in Borivali, Koirala said “being a cancer winner myself, I would take this opportunity to laud HCG’s dedication towards cancer care. I have undertaken the fight against cancer a few years back and, I strongly believe that ‘Hope’ is the most important formula that has helped me win over cancer. 

“Ignorance and denial will only result in diagnosis and treatment delays, which could prove fatal in many cases. Cancer did change my life, but only to a better and positive person who is now a bastion of hope for the many undergoing the journey right now. I would urge everyone to take their health a little more serious and be well informed of its warning signs.”

The facility, according to a press release, is a “105-bedded centre with [a] dedicated team of specialists in oncology will provide comprehensive diagnosis, radiation, medical and surgical oncology services under one roof…to address the growing need for expertise and quality medical services in the region, HCG Cancer Centre will be offering holistic cancer care with multi-disciplinary approach through specialist doctors in medical, surgical and radiation oncology. 

“The cancer centre is equipped with the advanced radiation machine, Elekta HD-Versa, which provides faster and accurate treatment for a wider range of cancers. The Centre is also equipped with PET CT for planning and diagnosing along with a 24 hours pathology lab. It also has a Bone Marrow Transplant Unit with six beds and a state-of-the-art facility that has advanced ICU and dedicated isolation rooms.” 

Speaking at the launch, Ajaikumar said “With the launch of HCG’s cancer centre in Borivali, we shall step up to provide comprehensive oncology services focused on delivering specialised outcome-based treatments with a multi-disciplinary clinical approach in Mumbai. For years, HCG has been defining and redefining the future of cancer care with a steadfast vision towards patient centricity and being at par with global standards.”

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