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Thursday, May 16 2019 - 01:06
Apollo Proton Cancer Centre, Chennai Performs India’s First Total Marrow Irradiation Procedure
CHENNAI, India, May 15, 2019, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    In a first-ever milestone in cancer treatment in India, the Apollo Proton 
Cancer Center (APCC) in Chennai has successfully performed Total Marrow 
Irradiation (TMI) as a conditioning protocol prior to Bone Marrow Transplant. 


    Dr. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “The 
Apollo Proton Cancer Centre has opened new frontiers in cancer care and it is a 
proud moment today, just a few months after the launch, to see the APCC achieve 
this significant landmark for the first time in the country. This achievement 
validates our investment in the APCC in bringing this best and latest medical 
technology to India. We are sure that the future will see the APCC achieve many 
more milestones and take the battle against cancer forward not just for 
patients in India but also from South East Asia.”

    A 35-year-old nurse from Oman underwent the procedure at South East Asia’s 
first Proton Therapy Center. She was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia 
(CML) with mixed phenotypic acute leukemia. After the diagnosis, she was 
referred to Apollo Hospitals for Bone Marrow Transplant. The doctors at Apollo 
decided to proceed with Total Marrow Irradiation based conditioning for the 

    “The patient was admitted last month and after detailed diagnosis, we 
decided to proceed with Total Marrow Irradiation followed by chemo and 
peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. The patient’s brother turned out to 
be a full-matched donor. The patient has responded very well to the treatment 
and is getting ready for discharge,” said Dr. Jose M Easow.

    The patient, Ms. Fatima, said, “I am grateful to the Oman Government, Oman 
for selecting and sending me to Apollo Hospitals, Chennai which is the best 
hospital to treat cancer in India. I was advised BMT, and my brother was 
selected as a donor. I was admitted on April 5th and felt at home from Day One. 
As a nurse, I know how radiation therapy can affect a patient’s normal life due 
to side effects. The Total Marrow Irradiation procedure done for me was 
different and it has saved my life with much less side-effects. The procedure 
made me more confident and positive.”

    “With modern radiation technology, it is now possible to deliver Total 
Marrow Irradiation (TMI) which spares the normal organs from radiation induced 
damage,” said Dr. Srinivas Chilukuri, Senior Consultant Radiation Oncology. 

    Source: Apollo Hospitals