Archive for the ‘Treatment at MSCC’ Category

One-stop facility with world-class treatment

July 26, 2011

Dedicated teams of specialists of Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center at Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City have expertise to treat patients with head, neck, gatero intestinal cancer. Read More…


Kanara Entrepreneurs to Organize Talk on Cancer by Dr Anthony Pais

June 16, 2011

Kanara Entrepreneurs (KE) will organize a network meeting on Friday June 17 at 6:30 pm at The Grand Magrath Hotel, Magrath road, Bangalore.

Dr Anthony V Pais, who turned 54 last October, is an MBBS,  MS in general surgery from Kasturba Medical College. He was awarded FICS in Surgical Oncology in 2000 based on his surgical oncology experience by the International College of Surgeons, Washington DC, USA.

He has over 27 years of experience, of which he has spent 21 years as a surgical oncologist with Tata Memorial Hospital, KIDWAI Memorial Institute of Oncology, Manipal Hospital, St John’s National Academy of Medical Sciences and King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, KSA.

At present, he is a senior consultant – breast oncology unit, head of the department of surgery-academic affairs, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center, Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City, Bangalore.

He has conducted several cancer detection camps for the underprivileged and for BBMP workers, throughout Karnataka. Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center is the only center in Karnataka recognized by the government of Tamil Nadu for cancer treatment under the Kalaignar Scheme. About 60% of his patients are below poverty line. Under his guidance and direction, they have done the maximum number of breast cancer resections with immediate micro vascular reconstructions in India (state of the art surgery done in the US) for the poorest of the poor.

He is the convener and examiner for MBBS course to Bangalore University; MGR University, Madras; and is also an examiner for MS to Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Kasturba Medical College, MAHE Deemed University. He is a professor and a member of various oncology associations.

He has published over 14 papers and has 16 presentations to his credit. He has delivered 44 lectures at various hospitals and centers. Read more…

Please help, pray for Rheamol ward off cancer

May 23, 2011

Rheamol (aka Sherin Sara Alexander), is a sprightly 13-year-old, fighting for her life. A member of the St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Jalahalli, Bangalore, this exceptional child is the daughter of Mr Alexander Panicker. When all other kids are out in school and playful, this kid is on chemotherapy and transplant at an young age. Currently, Rheamol is undergoing treatment for cancer – or relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital near Bangalore. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells which is characterised by excess lymphoblasts. Rheamol was diagnosed at the age of six and has been undergoing various treatments since then, including chemotherapy for the past 7 years at the hospital on the outskirts of Bangalore. Her only restorative treatment for survival is a Bone Marrow Transplant.

Dr Sharat Damodar, consultant haematologist and head of Bone Marrow Transplant unit at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital says the only curative treatment is a bone marrow transplant since Rheamol has no HLA matching sibling and is planned for cord blood transplant. The approximate cost of the bone marrow transplant is Rs 8 lakhs while the approximate cost of the bone marrow treatment itself is Rs 10.50 lakhs in the absence of any major complications. Read more…

6 year old girl gets a new lease of life

May 19, 2011

Bangalore turns to gene therapy.

May 11, 2011

Altering genes to cure diseases has moved from sci-fi flicks to a major research investment in India. And Bangalore is also looking at it with hope. The latest in labs here is gene therapy for thalassemia and haemophilia, which affect Indians in large numbers. Doctors and researchers are working to make it a reality. Though treatment could be a long way off, the gene has been found and so too the vector to introduce it into the body. A team of doctors at the recently launched Mazumdar Shaw Centre for Therapeutics is exploring thalassemia treatment. Gene therapy became popular because of its potential in curing genetic blindness but could be a potential saviour in terminal conditions like cancer.

Medical director and vice-president, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi-Specialty Hospital, Dr Paul C Salins, told TOI: “There is no doubt that the future is in gene therapy. If we can alter the gene itself it’ll have far-reaching implications. Through our research, we’re trying to find out how we can deal with diseases that affect the common man.”  Read more…

India’s largest bone marrow transplant centre opened at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center

May 7, 2011

Mazumdar-Shaw Center for Advanced Therapeutics (MS-CAT), a 100,000 sqft state-of-the-art facility for cancer treatment, was inaugurated at Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center, Narayana Health City, on Friday. This centre will bring the most advanced therapy modalities used in the treatment of cancer and other complex diseases under one roof. The centre will have India’s largest bone marrow or stem cell transplant facility, and advanced treatment facilities like immunotherapy, gene therapy and biomodulators.

The centre also has tie-ups with several research institutions in India and abroad , such as GANIT labs, Strand Genomics, Cornell University, University of California, Irvine. “It is a 14-bed transplant unit, so far the biggest in Karnataka. Haploidentical transplants, gene therapy and cord blood transplants are some of the advanced therapies that will be conducted here,” said Dr Sharad Damodar, head, hematology and bone marrow transplant unit, Mazundar-Shaw Cancer Centre.

At the inauguration, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder of the centre, said that the centre would focus translational research. “Stem cell therapy, gene therapy, cancer vaccines are all concepts that need to be turned into a reality. MS-CAT will concentrate on cutting-edge research that will help make cancer treatment much simpler,” she said. Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Health City, said, “India will be the first country to dissociate healthcare from affluence. We have to look at different models of coordination between hospitals and research institutions to make this a successful venture.” Read more…

Evidence Based Guidelines for Management of Head & Neck Cancer & Surgical Workshop

April 30, 2011

This three-day  workshop  on  Head  & Neck Oncology  organized  by Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer  Center  will focus on providing update on Evidence  Based  Guidelines  in  the  Management of  Head  & Neck Tumors. To ensure that  the participants  receive practical knowledge, senior  faculty  with  audience   participation   will lead  a  case-based discussion on each of the sub-sites.

The first day will be  designated for live surgical  demonstration of routine   head   and  neck  surgery  procedures.   The  format   of  the remaining   workshop   includes  structured   lectures   moderated  by experienced faculty members.  Ample time has been allotted for case based discussion.

The  course  will be  valuable  to  residents,   advanced  trainees  and practicing  surgeons  and  physicians in the  fields of otolaryngology, maxillofacial and  general  surgery,  radiation  oncology  and  medical oncology with interest in Head & Neck Oncology. Read more…

Stemming an unhealthy tide

April 28, 2011

Bengalureans are thinking ahead. Many are planning for the future health of their children, banking on stem cells that are today viewed as a wonder cure for a host of diseases. The recent government approval for clinical trials in stem cell therapy has only increased their willingness to see it as a medical cure of the future.

Currently stem cell therapy holds out hope only for diseases like thalassemia, leukaemia and a few other immuno-deficiency disorders. So should people opt for stem cell banking when it can burn a hole in their pockets, requiring around Rs75,000 and more for a storing period of around 21 years?

“We usually suggest that parents opt for the banking only if they have a family history of thalassemia, leukaemia or some such blood-related disorder,” says Dr Sharat Damodar, consultant haematologist, Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital and Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center. Read more…

Dangers of morbid obesity

March 25, 2011

A 16-year-old boy, weighing 160 kg, cannot go to school as he struggles to move around; a middle-aged woman on an airplane requires a seat-belt extension… Dr Kenneth D’cruz, Head of Department, Surgical Gastroenterology, Oncology and Minimal Access Surgery at Bangalore’s Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi-speciality Hospital, sees many patients like these every month, with the rising incidence of morbid obesity in India.

Despite the many challenges and mental trauma faced by those with morbid obesity, Dr D’cruz chooses to focus on the success stories. “I once treated a 65-year-old woman from Orissa who became breathless when she walked just 4-5 steps,” he says and recalls her husband’s uncontrolled happiness when, ten days after surgery, she walked from the entrance of the hospital to the out-patient department. Read more…


Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Centre uses mammotome to perform scar-free cancer surgery

March 19, 2011

Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Centre, part of the Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City project has now brought in a novel concept to avoid unnecessary scars and mutilation of the breast.

Oncologists at Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Centre are able to remove lump in the breast less than 2.5 cm and is not malignant clinically adopting a fine needle aspiration cytology. “The procedure is simple and performed safely under local anaesthesia using a vacuum assisted device called the Mammotome,” stated Dr Anthony Pais, Breast Cancer Surgeon and Head of the Dedicated Breast Cancer Unit.

The lump removal can be done as a day care procedure with no pain and no incision. It is ideal for young girls with a benign lump called a fibro adenoma. The lumps could be single or multiple.  It can also be used for the removal of painful spots or lumps in the breast and for taking a biopsy of a suspicious lesion which is not felt- The procedure can also be repeated any number of times without a scar, added Dr Pais.

It is cheaper than doing an open procedure in an operation theatre. If one removes all imaginary visible lesions a short term follow up will not be necessary and the procedure cost will be decreased. A recent study showed that 9 out of 10 patients who had the procedure with the Mammotome system indicated they would recommend the procedure to other women.

Breast cancer is on the rise and every lump should ideally be removed. But there is always a risk of missing an early cancer. Most of the advanced cancers are small benign appearing lumps a few months ago, stated Dr Pais.

Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Centre built on a 500,000 square feet facility is a 1400-bed hospital with a particular focus on head, neck, breast and cervical cancers. Refer…