Radiation Oncology is a medical super specialty that is an essential part of a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. It uses high-energy x-rays delivered through the linear accelerator. The Radiation Oncology department trains medical students, physicists, radiation technologists, and the public regarding cancer prevention and treatment.

Highlights

Manpower

1. Radiation Oncologist

2. Radiation Safety Officer

3. Medical Physicist

4. Radiation Therapy Technologists

Equipment’s

1. LINAC: True Beam with HyperArc (Varian Medical System, USA)

2. Brachytherapy: 24 channel Gamma Medplus – IX remote after loading High Dose Rate System

3. CT Simulator: Somatom 64 Slices, Siemens

4. Varian’s Eclipse Planning System

5.Dosimetry equipment and Immobilization devices

Services

Consultations:

Members of Multidisciplinary team for consultation of each site:

1. Bone marrow or stem cell transplant

2. Breast

3. Central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, neurological)

4. Endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pituitary)

5. Gastrointestinal (anus, colon, rectum, esophagus, hepatobiliary, pancreas, stomach)

6. Genitourinary (bladder, kidney, prostate, penis, testis, ureter)

7. Gynecologic (cervix, ovary, uterus, vagina, vulva)

8. Head and neck (nasopharynx, nasal cavity, and sinuses, oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx, salivary gland)

9. Lung

10. Lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma

11. Melanoma

12. Other skin cancers (squamous cell, basal cell, Merkel cell)

13. Ophthalmology (orbital tumors, ocular melanoma)

14. Pediatric cancers

15. Sarcoma (bone, soft tissue, abdominal)

Services Available

1. 3-D conformal radiation

2. Adaptive radiation therapy (ART)

3. Brachytherapy

4. Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)

5. Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

6. Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)

7. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)

8. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)

9. Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)

 

Dr. Subhash Thakur

Radiation Oncologist, MD (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

Saloni Chawla

Radiation Safety Officer/Medical Physicist MSc-Medical Physics (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

Publications

  1. Thakur, S. and Chawla, S. (2021) “Refractory Craniopharyngioma: Successful Treatment with LINAC Based Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS): First Case in Nepal”, Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Care, 6(4), pp. 529-531. doi: 10.31557/apjcc.2021.6.4.529-531.
  2. Radiation Therapy in Nepal: Current Status and Future Priorities (Submitted for publication)

Ongoing Research

  • Challenges and Prospects for providing Radiation Oncology services in Nepal.