INTRODUCTION:

The KLES’ Belgaum Cancer Hospital is located as a separate unit about 1.5 Km from JNMC Campus. The hospital was inaugurated by Honourable Chairman Dr Prabhakar Kore, Dr Rajender Badwe (Director Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai) as the chief guest and other dignitaries on 24th December 2014.

The department of Radiation Oncology, which was already catering radiotherapy services, later got academically associated with Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum in January 2016.
With Varian DMX Linear Accelerator, Elekta Iridium 192 HDR Brachytherapy and GE CT – Simulator machines, we have been able to successfully treat more than 600 patients annually at a daily count of 80-100 cases.

After 8 successful years of service, we are headed towards a more advanced and State of the Art facility at KLES’ New Cancer Hospital, which will be operational in coming months.
This new cancer hospital is equipped with 2 Linear Accelerators – Varian Halcyon Elite and Varian True Beam, capable of delivering Intensity modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) with image guidance, rapid arc, hyper arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and radiosurgery (SRS) – translating to quick and accurate treatment delivery in all the cancer sites with minimal side effects.
The treatment planning process involves virtual simulation process with Siemens CT simulator which helps in imaging the tumour with 3D and 4D reconstruction. The latest and advanced version of treatment planning system uses artificial intelligence for the treatment planning and evaluation.

The Saginova brachytherapy unit houses High Dose Rate (HDR) Cobalt-60 radioactive source; along with image guidance helps to treat tumours with greater focus and coverage. This unit is compatible with intra-cavitary, interstitial, intra-luminal and surface mould brachytherapy.
The quality assurance of the proposed treatment, evaluation during and after treatment, machine related parameters are all dosimetrically tested impeccably daily, assuring safe and effective treatment.

Lead by Dr Imtiaz Ahmed with team of enthusiastic and experienced Radiation Oncologists trained at India’s premier Medical Institutes, along with experienced team of Physicists and Technologists, the Department of Radiation Oncology is envisioned to be one of its kind in the whole of North Karnataka.