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Haryana’s Cancer Village Awaits State Attention

Last year, the district administration even invited a team of cancer specialists from the World Cancer Care Charitable Society (WCCCS)

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Cancer Ribbon. Pixabay

Abdul Razzaq died of lung cancer last May. He was the fourth victim of cancer from a family that hails from Sakras village in Haryana’s most backward district, Nuh.

Before him, his three brothers — Bashir, Shahabuddin and Qayam Ali — lost their lives to cancer of chest, mouth and neck, respectively, within two and half years.

With over 50 cancer deaths reported in the past three years and 130 in the past 10 years, Sakras has gained the notoriety as the cancer hub of the region. There’s not a single family, which hasn’t lost a member to cancer, or a member of which isn’t making trips to hospitals in neighbouring Delhi or Rajasthan.

Most villagers blame the contaminated ground water, the only source of drinking water, for the epidemic. The region also lacks basic amenities like piped water, drainage and sanitation.

“Our village is one of the largest in Ferozpur Jhirka sub-town and has 28,000 plus population. Apart from the area near the drain, water is salty across the village. The villagers have dug borewells and installed submersible pumps next to drain to meet their daily water needs,” said Sameer Mohammad.

Villagers say the sewage from drain is contaminating the ground water, but they have no choice but to use it.

Former Sarpanch Fazaluddin Besar said the village had been witnessing cancer deaths for a while. But the number has risen alarmingly in the past three years. “I first brought it to the district administration’s notice in 2011 and the District Health Department even took samples of water from the village,” Besar said.

But the water samples failed to pass the test and the Health Department did not reveal results. “We have a strong suspicion that the ground water here is highly contaminated and toxic,” Besar said.

Cancer patient
Cancer patient.

Sarpanch Phool Chand said though teams of experts have been visiting the village to study reasons behind the high incidence of cancer, the district administration has taken no steps.

If the water was indeed contaminated, the district administration hadn’t bothered to install a community RO (reverse osmosis) water treatment system in the village, he said.

Chand ruled out the possibility of mobile towers being the cause of cancer cases. “In that case, there would be more patients of brain cancer. Most patients here have died from lung cancer and some from cancers of mouth and neck,” he said.

Last year, the district administration even invited a team of cancer specialists from the World Cancer Care Charitable Society (WCCCS).

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“We had a day-long camp at a local school. Our medical team took samples of seven types of cancer, like blood, lung, bones, mouth and brain, from around 700 villagers. A month later, we submitted our findings and recommendations to the district administration,” said Dr Dharmendra Dhillon, head of the WCCCS team.

“The district administration recently asked us to resubmit the report. We did it a fortnight back,” said Dr Dhillon.

“There are various reasons for cancer in the village, like contaminated drinking water, excessive use of pesticides, unhealthy living conditions and consumptions of non-organic food. It is for the district administration to do an in-depth study into the reasons,” Dr Dhillon said.

When contacted, Nuh Civil Surgeon Rajiv Batish said, “We are still analysing the WCCCS report to find the exact reasons for the disease.” (IANS)

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Most Advanced Radiation Therapy For Cancer Patients Arrives in India

With the most recent introduction of Radixact X9, radiation oncology has reached a new horizon in the race of effective curative treatment for cancer

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Cancer Patients find it more comfortable to be treated under this technology owing to the rotational helical mechanism, also the set-up time is lesser as compared to other therapies. Pixabay

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi on Friday launched the most advanced version of TomoTherapy Radixact X9– the smartest radiation therapy to treat the most complicated cancer tumours.

Tomotherapy comes as a boon for cancer treatment since it has a higher degree of precision, speed and accuracy.

Patients find it more comfortable to be treated under this technology owing to the rotational helical mechanism, also the set-up time is lesser as compared to other therapies.

“The launch of the most advanced version of the Tomotherapy technology is truly a remarkable development in the field of Radiation Oncology. This will be a revolutionary step in the treatment of cancer. With this system we can deliver both fractionated radiotherapy as well as SBRT and Radiosurgery,” said Suneeta Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.

“The new generation radiation machine and our highly experienced team enables us to move ahead towards precise and personalised care, therefore improving the quality of life of cancer patients and ensure better clinical outcomes,” Reddy added.

Tomotherapy is effective in treating cancer, irrespective of the stage, especially multiple metastasis. The best outcomes are for treatment of bilateral breast cancer, paediatric oncology and all other forms of cancer.

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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi on Friday launched the most advanced version of TomoTherapy Radixact X9– the smartest radiation therapy to treat the most complicated cancer tumours. Pixabay

“We are taking precision and excellence to the next level with the revolutionary Radixact-X9: Tomotherapy, system powered by state-of-the-art 3D CT imaging. It uses a linear accelerator to deliver high-dose radiation to the tumour with sub-millimetre precision,” said P ShivaKumar, Managing Director, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.

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“With the most recent introduction of Radixact X9, radiation oncology has reached a new horizon in the race of effective curative treatment for cancer. Large field size can be targeted at once. 1.35 cms of length can be targeted without repositioning the machine,” ShivaKumar added. (IANS)