On 15th August 2012, the first patient of Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre underwent radiotherapy; our hospital has registered and treated more than 70,000 cancer patients in the 10 years since then. Commemorating this feat, 3 days of grand celebrations were held from 13th to 15th August 2022!

The celebrations began on the 13th of August with a symposium on Affordable Cancer Care in India, for which, Justice Sri M N Venkatachaliah, Hon’ble Former Chief Justice of India, graciously agreed to be the Chief Guest. The Hon'ble Chief Justice released our coffee table book "Temple of Healing" which commemorates our journey over the past 10 years and is dedicated to all our donors, patients and well-wishers.

Entrepreneurs, authors and philanthropists, Smt Susmita Bagchi and Sri Subroto Bagchi had graced the event and Sri Subroto Bagchi delivered the Keynote Lecture on "Integrity in Life".

In a true mark of unity in diversity, senior faculty and administrators from various charitable cancer hospitals across India were part of a panel discussion on “Achieving High-Quality Cancer Treatment at Affordable Costs – Challenges to Charitable Cancer Institutions”.

The panellists were: Mr. Sunder Vaswani from Sadhu Vaswani Mission's Medical Complex, Pune, Dr Shishir Gosavi and Smt Amita Shishir Gosavi from Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Cancer Hospital, Miraj, Dr T Subramanyeshwar Rao from Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Hyderabad, Maj Gen Dr S C Pareek of Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur, Dr S K Sharma from Dr Sheela Sharma Memorial Charitable Trust, Mathur, Dr B R Patil from Padmashree Dr R.B Patil Cancer Hospital in Hubballi, Mr A. Manimuthu from Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Visakhapatnam, Mr Aditya Murti and Dr Piyush Kumar from RR Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Bareilly

Moderated by Sri Shankara Prakash, the panel brought to light the various challenges faced by not-for-profit cancer hospitals across India and the unique ways in which each organization has tackled these challenges. Over the course of 2 hours, the esteemed panellists discussed costing optimization, funding opportunities and quality enhancement. It was heartening that the spirit of service to the people of this great nation with high-quality and affordable cancer care was the common theme that brought together all these organizations.

On 14th August 2022, Sunday, we had the pleasure of honouring our donors whose faith in us, generosity towards our cause and unstinted support is the reason behind our achievements. Over 1000 donors visited the hospital premises to witness the milestone and the impact that they have enabled. Audio visual displays, a tour of the hospital and a token of our gratitude were shared with them. The hospital premises was brimming with plenty of happiness, satisfaction and excitement!

Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, India's 75th Independencec Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and gusto as the day also marked the official 10th year anniversary of our hospital. The day started off with the Flag Hoisting by Padma Shri Dr V R Gowrishankar. This was followed by a first-of-its-kind event where our doctors organized a cultural performance as a dedication to more than 300 of their patients who have successfully fought cancer! The cancer survivors celebrated this milestone with their doctors and hospital team. The doctors of the operation theatre team performed their take on the iconic movie "Sholay" in a short skit called "Chole!", Sitar performance in the fitting raag "Des" by Dr Prithvi S Balepur, mesmerising songs sung by Dr Praveen K S and his wife Smt Vani and joyful flute performance by Dr Manasa was a special treat to our senses. The grand finale, a medley of songs in raag "Bhairavi" performed by 10 of our doctors to mark 10 years of the hospital's service brought an exhilarating end to the grand festivities of this milestone.

The celebratory atmosphere was palpable and reverberating across the hospital over the last 15 days!

We pray to Goddess Sharadambe for her eternal blessings upon our patients, faculty, staff and entire Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation family!

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This July, let us understand how Sarcoma can affect children.

Yes, you read it right! Children can develop Sarcoma as well and at Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Bangalore, we have been successfully treating children with all types of sarcomas.

Sarcoma is a tumour that involves the bone / muscle / soft tissue component of the body. Children generally tend to develop bone tumours such as Ewing sarcoma or Osteosarcoma and tumours arising from muscle which is called Rhabdomyosarcoma (muscle tumour).

Here are some warning signs that indicate a swelling arising from a bone could mean the child should undergo further investigations for a proper diagnosis:

  • A simple injury like a small fall or hitting against a piece of furniture that results in a fracture

  • Swelling noticed after trauma

  • Progressive increase in size of swelling

  • Unsettling pain

  • Cold / limp limb in the extremity involved

A bone tumour (Osteosarcoma, Ewing's Sarcoma) is suspected when a child presents with the above complaints and when an underlying infectious process is sufficiently ruled out. When detected early, there is a high chance of cure (including limb salvage) with good quality of life! Delay in detection can result in the spreading of cancer to the lung/bone/bone marrow which reduces the chance of cure by a large percentage!

We have come a long way in providing the best treatment for bone tumours or osteosarcomas from times when amputation was the only hope to cure. With the help of brachytherapy and limb salvage surgeries, many children are able to achieve a complete remission with less/no residual deformity.

At Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, our multidisciplinary team of paediatric medical oncologists, paediatric surgeons, ortho-oncology surgeons, radiation oncologists, physiotherapists and psychologists provide the best treatment to children with bone cancers. The hospital also understands that the cost of treatment for young children can add financial trauma to the family in addition to the emotional stress of seeing the child going through cancer treatment, to support the families Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation provides several aids such as financial subsidies ranging from discounts to completely free treatment, nutritional support, a special long-stay centre and in house school while maintaining the best quality of treatment.

For queries regarding child bone cancer treatment at Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Bangalore, please contact our highly experienced Paediatric Oncologists, Dr. Anand K C, Dr Tanushree Paul and Dr Aarthi M on: +91 6364464330 / 080- 26981065 / 080-26984461

Updated: Mar 8

In the voice of our brand new Linear Accelerator:

Allow me to introduce myself. I am the new member of the Shankara family. I go by the name of True Beam STX. You all are familiar with my two older sisters, Trilogy who is 9 years old and True Beam who is 6 years old. They have toiled very hard at Shankara and have together treated more than 10,000 patients efficiently over the years. I have been brought in not only to help ease their workload but also to bring in new skills.

My eldest sister was very advanced at the time. She can deliver very accurate and fast treatment by using Rapid Arc technology. She is also capable of Stereotactic Radiosurgery treatment. But when multiple sites needed to be treated, she took a long time as there we

re a lot of manual interventions needed. My second sister is more automated than the eldest. She comes with a technology called Flattening Free Filter (FFF), which combined with automation delivers accurate and very fast treatment. But their small limitation was that they could not correct rotational errors that occurred especially during stereotactic treatment.

So you might ask how I am better. Basically, I emit photons for treating cancer. I come equipped with a couch that can move in 6 dimensions (6DoF) that is, apart from the standard anterior-posterior, lateral and cranial-caudal movements, I can also correct rotational displacements. I have an inbuilt CT scan to measure these errors and my couch corrects them. This makes the delivery much more accurate and gives my physician more confidence to treat small tumours. All processes are automated and manual errors are eliminated. I even have automated quality assurance kits that confirm that whatever is planned on the computer is accurately delivered to the patient. My planning system called ECLIPSE is also upgraded and the latest version with which planning is fast and precise.

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TrueBeam STX with HyperArc and Eclipse - Best Radiotherapy in Bangalore

I also come equipped with a technology called HyperArc which is wonderful for frameless cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) for treating brain cancers. With HyperArc, SRS becomes more precise and efficient. The planning is faster and therefore more patients can be treated.

I can also treat multiple sites faster using HyperArc. This is similar to what another machine called Tomotherapy can do. The multiple sites can be treated with just a press of a button and the couch movement is automated. There is no manual intervention required. I can therefore finish a patient’s treatment in far lesser time than my sisters and as a consequence treat more patients.

Cancer patients will derive maximum benefit from my capabilities. I hope to serve Shankara’s patients efficiently and effectively for a long time to come.

Written by Dr Karthik. S. Rishi

Senior Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Bangalore