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According to data released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), there will be 17.3 lakh new cancer cases in India and an estimated 8.8 lakhs deaths by the year 2020. Breast, cervix, and lung cancers are the most prevalent across the country. The National Cancer Registry Program launched by the ICMR has been trying to map an age-wise gender-based demographic profile of cancer patients in India. Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-affected states with patients mostly suffering from oral and lung cancers due to the consumption of tobacco.
New Cancer Cases on the Rise in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh has been ranked among one of the worst-affected states in South India with 159,696 cases of cancer registered in 2016 alone. The numbers are on the rise, especially those of female patients in the state, suffering from breast and cervical cancers that can be easily diagnosed and are preventable. Regular medical check-ups and timely screening can significantly help in reducing the number of deaths from these cancers. Further, there needs to be aware regarding seeking medical care at the right time.
As one of the prominent cities in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada has several organized medical facilities offering quality healthcare services for cancer patients. Following are some of the dedicated cancer hospitals in the capital city:
American Oncology Institute: This facility was founded by a team of leading oncologists in 2006. It is the overseas cancer care facility of the Pittsburgh (US)-based Cancer Treatment Services International. The hospital provides advanced cancer care and has a multi-disciplinary team of medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists who specialize in dealing with blood cancer, breast cancer, brain cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer, and others. The hospital has been awarded the Times Healthcare Achievers Telugu States 2018.
Address: American Oncology Institute
At NRI Hospital
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh- 522503
Phone: 1800 208 2000
HCG Curie City Cancer Centre, Vijayawada: As the first comprehensive cancer care facility in Andhra Pradesh, HCG Curie City Cancer Center has been providing patients with quality care through surgical, radiation, and medical oncology. Advanced diagnostics including PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography) and state-of-art technology has made this hospital certified with accreditations such as NABH, FCI, Dr NTR Vaidhyaseva, Aarogya Bhadratha, and others. The hospital is authorized by the state government of Andhra Pradesh and specializes in surgeries related to breast cancer, urological/ prostate cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and laparoscopic cancer surgeries among others. The hospital group has been in news for performing the first stereotactic radiosurgery on a patient with advanced brain cancer in Jaipur.
Address: HCG Curie City Cancer Centre, Vijaywada
Besides Gowtham International School,
Padavala Revu, Machavaram Down, Gunadala,
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh-520004
Phone: 0866 243 5900
Manipal Hospital: Manipal Hospital has been the only medical facility in Vijayawada with a linear accelerator machine and state-of-art radiation equipment for precise radiation. The hospital has been NABH accredited for medical, surgical, and gynaecological oncology and has a bone marrow transplant unit with HEPA-filtered rooms. Last year, a team of doctors from the hospital had successfully performed an allogeneic stem cell transplant on a 20-year old patent suffering from a rare form of blood cancer. This transplant was first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh. The hospital has been actively involved in spreading awareness about cancer, the significance of early detection, and diagnosis.
Address: Manipal Hospital Vijayawada
Near Kanakadurga Varadhi, Sundharayya Nagar,
Tadepalli, Andhra Pradesh-522501
Phone: 1800 102 5555
Aayush NRI LEPL Healthcare: This NABH-accredited multi-specialty tertiary care center has a team of experienced medical practitioners specializing in medical oncology, and interventional and vascular radiology among others.
Address: Aayush NRI LEPL Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.,
# 48-13-3 & 3A, Opp.Siddhartha Medical College,
Ring Road Sri Ramachandra Nagar, Vijayawada - 520 008
Phone: 960 392 9292/ 960 395 9595
Nagarjuna Cancer Centre: This state-of-the-art cancer care facility is known for specializing in medical, radiation, and surgical oncology as well as diagnostics, and palliative care. The hospital was one of the first in Andhra Pradesh to acquire a true BEAM linear accelerator for safe, fast, and precise radiotherapy. Further, the facility also has an advanced and comprehensive brain tumor center and breast care center. The hospital is listed under several government and private empanelment including Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), Arogya Raksha, Arogya Bhadratha Scheme, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, SAIL, and ONGC among others.
Address: 8-102, Kanuru Main Rd,
Kamayyathopu, Chalasani Nagar,
Ashok Nagar, Vijayawada – 520007
Phone: 1800 123 0066
Though the number of new cancer cases is on the rise in Andhra Pradesh, there are not enough diagnostic centers and hospitals to provide early screening and advanced medical care to patients. The state government in partnership with corporates has been investing in the development of a number of cancer centers in and around Vijayawada. Further, the Andhra Pradesh government has extended the Aarogyasri healthcare scheme to 150 hospitals including cancer care centers to help beneficiaries avail of cost-effective medical care. Several cancer support groups have also been started in the city to offer a platform for cancer patients, their families, care providers, and doctors to exchange stories and motivate each other. These groups are particularly helpful for patients to make informed decisions about treatment procedures.
Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only.
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