Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APPC) brings new hope to cancer patients in India and S.E.Asia
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. (BSE: 508869) (NSE: APOLLO HOSP), India’s first multi-speciality chain of hospitals today opened the Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC), giving cancer patients access to a specialised form of radiotherapy that is extremely precise in destroying cancer cells. The Apollo Proton Cancer Centre was inaugurated in Chennai by the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.
Opening a new frontier in cancer care, the 150-bed APCC is an integrated cancer hospital in Chennai providing world-class 360o comprehensive cancer care. The APCC will offer patients advanced multi-room proton therapy with cutting-edge pencil-beam scanning technology that provides the highest degree of precision.
The APCC strengthens Apollo Hospitals’ position at the frontline in the war on cancer. The clinical advantages of proton therapy as compared to conventional radiation therapy are many, with more than 200,000 patients successfully treated worldwide. Proton beam therapy takes the fight to cancer with increased precision and greater dose delivery at the precise site of the cancer, minimizing damage to healthy tissue, better quality of life and a higher cure rate. This ultimately results in better results with fewer short and long-term side effects.
Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said, “Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and is a major cause of mortality in India. My heartiest congratulations to Dr. Prathap C. Reddy and the Apollo Hospitals group on the launch of the first Proton Cancer therapy centre that will serve patients not just in India, but also our neighbours in South East Asia. This pioneering treatment also marks a new milestone in the medical journey of our country.”
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Hon’ble Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami said, “The Proton Therapy Centre at Apollo Hospitals will make this advanced treatment for cancer care easily accessible to patients. Tamil Nadu has always been in the forefront when it comes to healthcare and with the opening of this centre, the State shall continue to offer the best to patients. We extend our best wishes to Dr. Reddy and his team for this ground-breaking effort to make the best-in-class healthcare facilities available to cancer patients in India and abroad.”
Shri G. Nageswara Rao, Chairman, AERB said, “AERB appreciates the efforts of Apollo Hospital for establishing the state-of-the-art ‘Proton Therapy’ facility, the first of a kind in South East Asia. AERB earnestly hopes this most advanced ‘Apollo Proton Cancer Centre’ will conquer the dreaded Cancer disease at affordable cost in a safe manner to the needy people of India and others in the region.”
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Today is a red letter day in the history of healthcare in India. The launch of the Apollo Proton Cancer Centre puts India on the global map for the best and latest in cancer treatment and will give new hope to cancer patients not just in India, but across South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa, i.e., countries that comprise over 40% of the world’s population! It is pertinent to note that even a first world country like the U.K. launched a Proton Beam centre just last month, in December 2018, making our achievement in bringing this best and latest medical technology to India truly praiseworthy. It is with a sense of pride that we dedicate the Apollo Proton Cancer Centre to the health of the nation!”
Ms. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “The state-of-the-art Proton Therapy at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre introduces a new frontier in cancer management. With a proven capability to treat a wide spectrum of cancers, Proton Therapy has gained tremendous momentum globally, due to its ability to greatly enhance treatment in challenging cancer sites with minimal side effects ensuring superior quality of life. The advanced precision of Proton Therapy will now provide new hope to millions of patients for whom treatment options are limited due to the type or site of the cancer and is testament to our commitment to bring the latest proven developments in medical technology for the benefit to our patients.”
On the occasion Ms. Suneeta Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group shared, “Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of the incredible progress made by healthcare and oncology in India in the last three decades, so much so that a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. We have replaced fear with hope and have given millions of patients the courage to fight the disease and emerge as survivors. With the Apollo Proton Therapy Centre, we will offer patients an answer beyond treatment and survival – we will offer them ‘survivorship’ a full life with an enhanced quality of life for many decades after treatment. Our investment in Proton is a reiteration of our commitment to putting the patient at the centre of everything we do because India deserves the best!”
Proton therapy is effective against many kinds of cancer, but is particularly effective in challenging cancer sites including tumours affecting the eye and brain, tumours close to the brain stem, spinal cord or other vital organs, head and neck cancers, deep seated abdominal and pelvic cancers, recurrent cancers and paediatric cancers where children and young adults are at a particular risk of lasting damage to organs that are still growing. Our Oncologists regulate the energy of the protons and using advanced treatment planning systems target the tumour at the precise site of the cancer, thereby resulting in minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissues and reduced side effects. Proton therapy also helps in situations where treatment options are limited or conventional radiotherapy presents an unacceptable risk to the patient.
About Apollo Proton Cancer Centre
The Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC) in Chennai will be South East Asia’s first Proton Therapy Centre with a capacity of 150 beds. The APCC focuses on organ-specific cancer management with a dedicated oncology team. The advanced Proton Therapy at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre will be complemented by a fully integrated comprehensive treatment suite that offers the most advanced site/organ-specific personalized treatment procedures, crafted by site/organ-specific disease management teams comprising of surgical, radiation and medical oncology specialists.
About Apollo Hospitals
It was in 1983 that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years, Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program.
As Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes over 10,000 beds across 71 Hospitals, 3000 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 110 plus Telemedicine Centres and 80 plus Apollo Munich Insurance branches spanning the length and breadth of the Country.
As an integrated healthcare service provider with Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy capability, over 15 medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell and genetic research Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa, and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within reach of every individual.
In a rare honor, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 30 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services, and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked among the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.