Cancer is a significant health concern in Nepal, with an estimated 35,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Treatment options for cancer patients in Nepal have historically been limited, particularly for patients in rural areas. However, recent efforts by the Nepalese government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have helped to improve cancer care services across the country.
Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy that involves placing radioactive sources inside the body, near the cancerous tissue. This allows for targeted radiation therapy that minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The Saginova Ir-192 Brachytherapy machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment that enables medical professionals to provide precise and effective treatment to patients with various types of cancer.
The installation of this machine at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital is a major milestone for the hospital and for the people of Nepal. With the addition of Brachytherapy services, Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital can now provide a comprehensive range of cancer treatments to patients. This will help to reduce the burden on other hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley and ensure that patients have access to the care they need close to home.
RB Merchant is proud to have played a part in this important project, which will improve the quality of cancer care in Nepal. We believe that access to quality healthcare is a basic human right and we will continue to work with our partners in the medical community to ensure that patients have access to the best possible care.
The Importance of Brachytherapy in Cancer Treatment
Radiation therapy is one of the primary treatments used for cancer, and Brachytherapy is a specialized form of radiation therapy that is particularly effective for certain types of cancer. Brachytherapy involves the use of radioactive sources that are placed inside the body, close to the cancerous tissue. This allows for a highly targeted and localized dose of radiation that minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Brachytherapy can be used to treat a variety of cancers, including prostate cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, and skin cancer. It is particularly effective for treating cancers that are located in hard-to-reach areas,