Thursday, 26 November 2015 08:28

Liver Transplant: Sharing More than a Life Together

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36 year-old Arun Kumar was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis when he was in USA. Despite being put on the liver transplant waitlist, Arun could not find a suitable match. With time running out, he turned to the specialists at HCG who identified that his condition had deteriorated significantly. Arun was now very weak and had developed severe ascites. He was desperately in need of a liver donor. Little did he know that his wife would be a suitable match.

Arun’s wife had several complications, making the process more challenging. However, he was in need of a healthy liver if he was to beat the cirrhosis. The doctors’ multi-disciplinary approach ensured that Mrs. Kumar was healthy enough to donate part of her liver.

Both Arun and his wife were prepared for the surgery which lasted a grueling 16 hours. The high-risk procedure proved to be a success. Both husband and wife are now leading healthy lives.

Arun’s liver condition was a result of autoimmune hepatitis, a disease which is on the rise. About 3% of the population is living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Hepatitis B often progresses to liver cancer. The asymptomatic condition tends to be discovered only at an advanced stage. But patients can tide over their condition with a liver transplant surgery.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 08:30

World No Tobacco Day

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Tobacco Kills - an initiative to eradicate the illicit trade of tobacco and address the effects of second hand smoking.


Jeremy London, an American actor once said, “A lot of people in my life are getting sick or potentially going to get sick from tobacco.”

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing nearly six million people a year. More than five million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while more than six hundred thousand are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second hand smoke. Approximately one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths. Up to half of its current users will eventually die of a tobacco-related disease.

To mark ‘World No Tobacco Day’, top doctors from the city and cancer survivors joined hands to campaign against the illicit sale of tobacco products. World Health Organisation (WHO) has marked May 31st as ‘World No Tobacco Day’ to highlight the illicit trade of tobacco products as it is a major global concern, which includes health, legal, economic, governance and corruption as well.

As a prelude to ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on May 31st 2015, HCG, Bangalore organised a silent protest in front of key cigarette shops which were violating the rule of selling tobacco products within hundred yards of educational institutions according to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COPTA). The protest took place in the following locations –

  • SSB International School - Indiranagar
  • The Frank Anthony Public School - Cambridge Road
  • St. Joseph’s Commerce College - Brigade Road
  • St. Joseph’s College - Richmond Road
  • Mithralaya School 1 - Mission Road (near the signal)
  • Mithralaya School 2 - Mission Road (near HCG Hospital)
  • United Mission Educational Institution - P Kalinga Rao Road
  • Jyoti Niwas College – Koramangala
  • Mathikere- MSR Nagar

Apart from the silent protest, there was a press conference where a team of specialists discussed the issue.

Also present was Mr. UT Khader - Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare – Government of Karnataka. The panel members included:

  • Dr. BS Ajaikumar – Chairman of HCG, Oncologist
  • Dr. Vishal Rao – Head and Neck Surgeon
  • Dr. GG Shetty – Cardiologist
  • Dr. Guruprasad Bhatt- Pulmonologist
  • Dr. Nagendra Swamy – President - PHANA
  • Dr. Kamini Rao – Infertility Specialist
  • Ms. Nalini Satyanarayan – Throat Cancer Survivor

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the India and has more than sixteen million Indians suffering from a disease caused by tobacco usage. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 20% of the deaths per year in the country. Children account for more than 25% of these deaths, including an estimated fifty thousand deaths resulting from second hand smoke exposure. In Karnataka, smoking alone kills many annually and leaves thousands suffering with chronic diseases.

Tobacco is a great burden to the society and it’s time we all join hands to address it the best way we can.

While we stand at the point of a new dawn of understanding, a new era of valuing one another, a new period of love and respect, we take a pledge to help heal ourselves and those around us by committing to something larger than ourselves - by committing to give back in whatever way we can.

With this hope in mind, on 29th April, 2015, Intel Securities, Bangalore marked the celebration of Global Community Day where all employees joined hands with HCG Foundation to extend support to those fighting cancer. The focus of this initiative was to hope for a better quality of life for the cancer patients and support them in their fight against this disease.

 

The event was a joint effort by the volunteers of Intel Securities (Bangalore) and HCG and was held at the HCG Cancer Centre (Kalinga Rao Road), where the volunteers painted the walls of HCG with ‘HOPE’ in different languages followed by sketching the artworks at Swasti Gallery. The event helped the volunteers to visualise Hope on paper and fill it with the colours of happiness, love, good health and well-being.

For all of us as human beings the most important component of wellness is to embrace and celebrate the fact that we are part of a larger community, and it is time to take a bigger role in that community's well-being, while ensuring that the people in the community are loved, supported and valued.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:33

Because Laughter is the Best Medicine

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A World Cancer Day Event
World Cancer Day arrives on February 4 each year, and with it an opportunity to spread awareness on the disease. This year's theme, "Not Beyond Us" focuses on dispelling the myth that cancer is a disease that can't be avoided. The theme aims to create a movement against cancer by educating people on the disease and the steps they can take to evade it. Medical professionals will also explore current treatment options and ways in which they can be better implemented.

HCG decided to give this year's theme a 'healthy twist' by organising a stand-up comedy show at the HCG Towers, Bangalore. Comedians Sandeep Rao, Sanjay Manaktala and Praveen Kumar used humour to talk about cancer and lighten the mood of the audience consisting of patients and doctors. HCG understands the challenges involved in fighting cancer and the old adage "laughter is the best medicine" proved be to a success.

The event left the patients and doctors in a cheerful mood. The jovial environment helped patients forget about their condition, if only for those few hours. HCG consistently tries to improve the quality of life of its patients and humour is the perfect way to make a positive impact on World Cancer Day.

Cancer is a dreaded disease, leaving most to believe that it is not in their hands to avoid it. The World Cancer Day initiative acts as a reminder that adopting a healthy lifestyle and being educated about the disease will help curb the chances of one having to battle the disease.

Comedian Praveen Kumar sharing a few jokes

 

Comedian Sandeep Rao addressing the audience

 

Comedians Praveen Kumar, Sandeep Rao and Sanjay Manaktala along with HCG Group
Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:36

Larry beats cancer with the help of HCG

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Advanced cancer patients like Larry Katz, diagnosed with prostate cancer, are often told there's no hope. After seeking treatment at centres around the world, he came to HCG. Here, a multi-disciplinary team recommended oral chemotherapy and CyberKnife treatment. Today, Larry is healthy and ready to play once again.

This is just another example of the countless advanced cancer cases that the specialists at HCG treat on a daily basis. With over 220 oncologists, 440 specialist physicians and a nationwide footprint, HCG gives you the expert opinion that makes all the difference.

Over 1,20,000 patients trust HCG with their lives. Here's why.

INNOVATION

HCG is known for pioneering a series of firsts:

  • Asia's first bloodless Bone Marrow Transplant
  • India's first Computer Assisted Tumor Navigation Surgery (CATS)
  • First in India to introduce Flattening Free Filter (FFF) mode technology to treat a patient
  • First in Asia to have treated a patient with 3D radio-guided surgery - Surgic Eye
  • First in India to introduce biological reconstruction to treat bone cancer
  • Cyberheart - First hospital in India to remove a tumour in the left ventricle of the heart through CyberKnife
  • First in India to save a patient's vocal cord through the world's most advanced laser technology
  • First in India to introduce high precision Trans Oral Laser Surgery (TOLS) endoscopically
  • Credited with the largest number of Breast Conservation Surgeries in India
  • First in India to introduce hyperthermia

TECHNOLOGY

HCG's technology keeps up with the latest developments in the field of medicine around the world. Our technology includes:

  • CyberKnife –The world's first non-invasive whole body robotic radiosurgery system
  • ARTISTE with CT on rails – Adaptive radiation therapy system, which makes treatment more accurate and comfortable
  • IGRT – Image Guided Radiation Therapy
  • 128-slice HD PET-CT – Positron Emission Tomography and Computerised Tomography
  • FFF technology (Flattening Free Filter mode technology)
  • Medical Cyclotron – Provides very high quality of isotope production that meets US FDA and EU standards
  • Whole body hyperthermia
  • ABVS – Automated Breast Volume Scanner
  • Digital Mammogram
  • Computer Assisted Tumour Navigation Surgery System (CATS)
  • 3D Radioguided Surgery – Surgic Eye

SPECIALIST CARE

At HCG, we have over 475 specialists in cancer care treating over 1,20,000 patients every year. Each one, known for their skill and expertise. Coming from a diverse field of specialties, our team of doctors give patients the right diagnosis and treatment.

NETWORK

With over 475 oncologists and a nationwide footprint, we make sure expert cancer care is available to all.

SUPPORT

Patient Support Groups: These groups encourage patients to meet and interact with cancer survivors. Pink Hope, a support group, is where women survivors of cancer come together to motivate and support each other. There is also the HCG team of medical social workers for added emotional support and the HCG Foundation, for financial aid, to help the underprivileged.

PsychoOncology: This group helps patients and their families come to terms with the disease and its effects. The team guide and assist patients through the period and uses scientific techniques to meet their psychological and emotional needs. It also removes stigmas commonly associated with cancer and provides support in leading a full and healthy life post cancer. 

Financial Assistance: HCG provides treatment for patients from all walks of life. We have partnered with the state, central, private, public and popular schemes to make sure quality cancer care is accessible to all.  For those who are not beneficiaries of the various schemes and for society's weaker sections, we provide support through our EMI scheme or through the HCG Foundation.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:37

Selvan gets his life back at HCG

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R Selvan was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. After it recurred a second time, he came to HCG. Here, a multi-disciplinary team performed a bone marrow transplant in addition to second line chemotherapy. Three years on, Selvan is healthy and doing well.

Selvan's story is just another example of the countless advanced cancer cases that the specialists at HCG treat on a daily basis. With over 475 oncologists and a nationwide footprint, HCG gives you the expert opinion that makes all the difference.

Over 1,20,000 patients trust HCG with their lives. Here's why.

INNOVATION

HCG is known for pioneering a series of firsts:

•  Asia's first bloodless Bone Marrow Transplant

•  India's first Computer Assisted Tumor Navigation Surgery (CATS)

•  First in India to introduce Flattening Free Filter (FFF) mode technology to treat a patient

•  First in Asia to have treated a patient with 3D radio-guided surgery - Surgic Eye

•  First in India to introduce biological reconstruction to treat bone cancer

•  Cyberheart - First hospital in India to remove a tumour in the left ventricle of the heart through CyberKnife

•  First in India to save a patient's vocal cord through the world's most advanced laser technology

•  First in India to introduce high precision Trans Oral Laser Surgery (TOLS) endoscopically

•  Credited with the largest number of Breast Conservation Surgeries in India

•  First in India to introduce hyperthermia

TECHNOLOGY

HCG's technology keeps up with the latest developments in the field of medicine around the world. Our technology includes:

•  CyberKnife –The world's first non-invasive whole body robotic radiosurgery system

•  ARTISTE with CT on rails – Adaptive radiation therapy system, which makes treatment more accurate and comfortable

•  IGRT – Image Guided Radiation Therapy

•  128-slice HD PET-CT – Positron Emission Tomography and Computerised Tomography

•  FFF technology (Flattening Free Filter mode technology)

•  Medical Cyclotron – Provides very high quality of isotope production that meets US FDA and EU standards

•  Whole body hyperthermia

•  ABVS – Automated Breast Volume Scanner

•  Digital Mammogram

•  Computer Assisted Tumour Navigation Surgery System (CATS)

•  3D Radioguided Surgery – Surgic Eye

SPECIALIST CARE

At HCG, we have over 475 specialists in cancer care treating over 1,20,000 patients every year. Each one, known for their skill and expertise. Coming from a diverse field of specialties, our team of doctors give patients the right diagnosis and treatment.

NETWORK

With over 475 oncologists and a nationwide footprint, we make sure expert cancer care is available to all.

SUPPORT

Patient Support Groups: These groups encourage patients to meet and interact with cancer survivors. Pink Hope, a support group, is where women survivors of cancer come together to motivate and support each other. There is also the HCG team of medical social workers for added emotional support and the HCG Foundation, for financial aid, to help the underprivileged.

PsychoOncology: This group helps patients and their families come to terms with the disease and its effects. The team guide and assist patients through the period and uses scientific techniques to meet their psychological and emotional needs. It also removes stigmas commonly associated with cancer and provides support in leading a full and healthy life post cancer. 

Financial Assistance: HCG provides treatment for patients from all walks of life. We have partnered with the state, central, private, public and popular schemes to make sure quality cancer care is accessible to all.  For those who are not beneficiaries of the various schemes and for society's weaker sections, we provide support through our EMI scheme or through the HCG Foundation.

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