Lakhs of Patients in the government hospital suffer due to the shortage of ‘radiotherapy’ machines for treating cancer. Shivsena MP Shrikant Shinde raised a question in the Lok Sabha by asking about government’s plans to provide ‘radiotherapy’ in the government hospitals? Because, if the ‘radiotherapy’ treatment is not provided at the right time, then there is a risk of cancer progression.
While speaking in the Lok Sabha, Shrikant Shinde said that according to a study, there are 14.5 lakh cancer patients in the country. In which, the number of patients have grown up to 7 lakhs per year. DUue to cancer, 5.5 lakh patients succumb to death.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, MP Shrikant Shinde said, “Cancer patients need ‘radiotherapy’. But, ‘radiotherapy’ treatment is not available in government hospitals. In the hospitals like Tata Memorial, patients wait for 4 to 6 months for ‘radiotherapy’ treatment. Treatments in private hospitals are very expensive. In such conditions, patients fail to get a treatment at a right time due to which their cancer progresses.
Shinde added, “It will be beneficial for the patients, if the treatment is made available in a government hospital at a lower cost. For this, central government should consider introducing ‘radiotherapy’ treatment at government hospital in the city.”
Replying to this question, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, “The government has decided to open 200 cancer institutes and 50 tertiary care centres in the country.”
While talking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Kailash Sharma, Director Academics, Tata Memorial hospital and Advisor to Government of Maharashtra in cancer care said that, “I have put forward the demand of cancer treatment centres in government hospitals and I have been following up with the government since many years.100 beds for cancer patients should be provided in every government hospitals which should also include radiation and cancer surgery department. This will enable the treatment of patients at affordable prices.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Head and Neck Cancer surgeon at Tata Memorial hospital said that, “Decentralization of cancer care is the need of the hour especially for Radiotherapy that requires 2 months of continuous treatment. Most patients require radiotherapy some times in their entire course of the disease. Needless to say that Medical Colleges are sole hopes for most cancer patients. It is unfortunate that the cancer care infrastructure in most colleges in collapsing.”