Professor & Head, Radiation Oncology
The specialty of medicine that uses high-energy ionizing radiation to treat malignant neoplasms and certain nonmalignant
conditions is called Radiation oncology. Radiation oncology is one of the three primary specialties, the other two being
surgical and medical oncology, involved in the treatment of cancer. Radiation can be given as a curative modality, either
alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. When combined with surgery, it can be used either after surgery
(adjuvant) ,before surgery ( Neo-adjuvant ) or during surgery (Intra-operative). It may also be used as a palliative modality,
to relieve symptoms in patients with incurable cancers. Radiation therapy is painless and incision- less cancer treatment and
is indicated in more than 60% of different cancers. A radiation oncologist is a specialist physician who is trained and
certified to treat a broad spectrum of diseases utilizing various radiation modalities, with the central guiding principle
of achieving maximal therapeutic gain while minimizing radiation exposure to normal tissues. Ionizing radiation includes
X-ray, gamma ray and charged particles such as proton that have high enough energy to remove tightly bound electrons from
atoms to create ions. Ionizing radiation can be delivered through external beam therapy or implantation of radionuclides
in a procedure called brachytherapy. Conventional external beam radiation typically involves fractionated daily treatments
over 2 to 8 weeks. The newer technologies of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
are commonly delivered in 1 to 5 fractions, and administer highly precise and highly potent radiation treatments.
Intra-operative radiation, IMRT, IGRT and protons are additional examples of technological advances.
The department of Radiation Oncology at GMC Baramulla is in its infancy (just a few months old). In a very short span of
few months and with extremely limited infrastructure, we have been able to provide OPD and Daycare services to the patients
suffering from various cancers. We are expected to cater to a population of 2276166 of two and a half districts of entire
north Kashmir (2011 census) and more than 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the valley( Population Based cancer registry).
We envision our department to provide exceptional clinical care, to become an excellent academic unit,
by starting MD and DNB programs and to establish a comprehensive Radiation Centre so that it is comparable
to any developed Radiation Oncology centre, not only at the at the national level but at international level as well.
I, as the founder Head of this department, recognize my responsibility towards the public we serve, pledge to
initiate the process to develop this centre as a State-of-the-Art clinical, academic and research centre. For
this I will need support from the hospital administration and the government. A detailed proposal stands submitted in this regard.
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Bagh,Baramulla,Jammu and Kashmir - 193101
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