Malabar Cancer Centre
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|Type||Cancer Care And Research center|
|Director||Dr. Satheesan B|
Malabar Cancer Center (MCC), established at Kodiyeri near Thalassery in Kerala state, South India, is an autonomous centre under the government of Kerala. MCC is constituted as a Charitable Society under the Department of Power.
This project is envisaged to develop a hospital with all modern facilities for diagnosis and management of cancer patients, and is proposed to be constructed with financial assistance collected from various sources in Canada sponsored by M/s SNC Lavalin Inc., Canada.
As token of constant service January 2001, and the therapeutic service was started from 1 March 2001. Apart from the diagnostic procedures, the therapeutic services include chemotherapy, surgery and palliative treatment.
A full-fledged blood bank with component separation facility is available along with the Radiation Oncology and medical imaging departments which are equipped with the Cobalt tele therapy machine, Brachy therapy machine, Radiotherapy Simulator and Multi Slice CT scanner unit.
The centre, once fully completed, is proposed to be one of the best cancer treatment centres in the country, catering at least half of the population of Kerala, particularly in the northern district of the state, and also people of the neighboring areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with major departments like Medical Oncology, Radiation, oncology, Surgical Oncology, and Preventive Oncology. It also includes facilities of radiotherapy using linear accelerator, facility for bone marrow transplant, and all cancer-related investigatory facilities every year with an estimated patient visit of 70,000 per year.
Malabar cancer centre has recently started rapidarc ix (Varian) linear accelerator. The patients were started on linear accelerator machine from 1 November 2011, though officially it was inaugurated on 10 April by Chief minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy. The centre routinely is treating cancer patients with IMRT (intensity-modulated radiotherapy), Rapidarc IMRT, 3DCRT (3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy) and IGRT (image-guided radiotherapy). The centre is an academic institution looking forward to participate in collaborative efforts both regionally and internationally. The centre has recently released its hospital based cancer registry report for the year 2010 (supported from Indian council of medical research).
This centre is guided under leadership of Director Dr Satheesan B, Surgical oncologist who is a great driving force behind all the research endeavours and academic activities at MCC.
The Department of Radiotherapy at MCC is well equipped with Rapidarc ix linear accelerator, telecobalt Elite 80, HDR microselectron, CMS –xio TPS Eclipse and Plato TPS, Simulix simulator, GE 4slice CT simulator and well equipped mould room with tissue compensator facilities.
The statistics show that around 900 cases are treated with external beam radiotherapy and around 150 cases receive Brachytherapy annually.
BSc MRT (Medical Radiological Technology) affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences(KUHS) for radiation technologists which is an integrated four-year course for becoming radiation technologists or dosimetrist.