GUWAHATI, March 22: Oncology centers offer hope to patients locked in a life-and-death situation. Yet, countless patients in Manipur often have to travel thousands of kilometers to meet a medical oncologist or a surgical oncologist. That the key to solving patient movement is to decentralize cancer care to the district level where public-private partnership models can be explored. Addressing the same, Karkinos Healthcare in Imphal has partnered with the Government of Manipur to fill the gap in affordable and accessible cancer care in the state.
Dr. Y Indibor Singh, Head-Radiation Oncology, Karkinos Manipur Cancer Care Institute and Research Centre informed that there had been a rapid stride in the field of cancer treatment during the last 2 to 3 decades. This has resulted in better cure prospects, early detection, and prevention as well. We can stop cancer cells from getting blood supply or kill them by enhancing the body’s immune system. This we call molecular targeted therapy. It is a high-precision and personalized form of therapy since the drugs can specifically target cancer cells and kill them without damaging normal cells.
“With the advent of this modern radiation equipment and techniques, we can give high dose precision radiation therapy and increase the chance of cure and at the same time decrease the radiation-induced toxicity,” added Dr. Y Indibor Singh.
Dr. Singh further informed that private sectors like Karkinos Manipur Cancer Care Institute and Research Centre in Porompat, Imphal have come forward in a big way by partnering with the Government of Manipur (PPP mode) to fill the gaps. He maintained that Karkinos Healthcare Centre delivering affordable and accessible world-class cancer care by collaborating with MAYO clinic, USA, will usher in the dawn of a new era in cancer treatment in our state.