Department of Radiotherapy and Regional Cancer Centre, JIPMER
The Department of Radiotherapy has grown into a full-fledged cancer centre since it was accorded the status of Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) in 2002. Radiation Oncology offers services to around 3000 new cancer patients and around 40,000 patients on follow-up every year, a majority of them include those with cancers of the Uterine Cervix, Head & Neck and Breast. Advanced Radiation Treatment techniques namely Image-Guided External Radiation, Intensity Modulated Radiation and Image-guided Brachytherapy are offered using State-of-the-Art treatment machines. Availability of adequate experts in the field of radiation oncology and medical radiation physics and the massive patient inflow paved way for delivering high quality training to the residents of Radiation Oncology program and the students of Medical Physics and Radiotherapy Technology. Poster/oral presentations of the research work done by our residents and faculties are routinely presented in many regional/national conferences. The aim of the department is to deliver the best possible care to patients with all the available resources, to impart high quality training as well as to contribute in making RCC JIPMER, a leader in Oncology in the world, while retaining good team spirit with other departments of Regional Cancer Centre and JIPMER.
Teaching Programs include an extensive programme of postgraduate medical education involving the training of specialists in general and super-specialty areas in all disciplines of medical sciences. In line with this, teaching activities include the following programmes:
- D. in Radiotherapy: The course was commenced in June 2009, with an initial intake of 2 students. From 2011-12 academic sessions onwards, the intake was raised to 4 and then in 2014, the intake has been raised to 6.
- Sc. in Medical Physics: This is three year course (two year course and third year internship). The first batch with an intake of 4 students started in January 2014. The second batch will be started after obtaining AERB clearance for the course.
- Sc. in Radiotherapy Technology (B.Sc. AMS-RTT): As JIPMER became an autonomous institute with statutory powers new courses could be started with approval from the in-house Committees. Thus a three-year B.Sc. in Medical Radiation Technology course was started from the academic year 2010 with an intake of 4 students.
- Post Basic Diploma in Nursing (Oncology): One year diploma course in Oncology Nursing started with intake of 10 students in January 2014.
Departmental Activities for the year
National Conference / workshop
- Conducted 26th ICRO teaching program of the National AROI (Association of Radiation Oncologists of India) on the 5th and 6th August 2017 at JIPMER, Puducherry.
Local workshop / CME
- Conducted 1st Foundation Course in Oncology on 23rd Sept 2017 at JIPMER, Puducherry
- Conducted 2nd Foundation Course in Oncology on 10th Mar 2018 at JIPMER, Puducherry
Milestones in Development of RCC JIPMER
- 1964 – Setting up of radiology Department in JIPMER and provision of one Cobalt-60 teletherapy unit under “Colombo Plan”
- 1971 – Preloaded brachytherapy facilities started at JIPMER using radium & caesium sources.
- 1980 – BARC manual loading kit for brachytherapy used.
- 1982 – 1st computerized treatment planning.
- 1987 – Department of Radiology bifurcated into Departments of Radio-Diagnosis and Radiotherapy.
- 1993 – Theratron 780C teletherapy unit commissioned in JIPMER Radiotherapy department.
- 1996 – High dose rate after loading brachytherapy commissioned.
- 2002 – Department of Radiotherapy JIPMER accorded RCC status.
- 2004 – Single energy linear accelerator commissioned in RCC JIPMER.
- 2006 – A 30 bedded oncology ward started.
- 2008 – Commissioning of X-Ray simulator; new RCC building completed & commissioned with 82 beds & day care centre.
- 2008 – Hosted AMPICON (Annual Conference of Association of Medical Physicists of India, TN & PY Chapter).
- 2009 – Starting of Dept of Medical Oncology from new RCC building.
- May: 1st batch of MD (Radiotherapy) students enrolled.
- 1st RCC – CME held in September.
- 2010 – Addition of new faculty, medical physics staff.
- April: 2nd RCC CME held on Gynecological cancers & Nursing care in oncology.
- August: 3rd RCC CME on Breast cancers.
- August: 1st batch of B.Sc Medical Radiation technology students enrolled.
- November: 4th RCC CME on Head & Neck cancers held.
- 2011 – New equipment block started in RCC with new ARIA TPS, CLINAC iX linear accelerator, GammaMed Plus iX HDR, T simulator.
- Telemedicine facilities started with link up with GH Yanam, Mandya, Kidwai Institute Bangalore & Kancheepuram for practitioners to directly consult experts in JIPMER without having to send their patients over.
- April: 5th RCC CME on Bladder & prostate cancers held.
- May: Number of MD (RT) students increased per year to 4.
- August: 6th RCC CME on Gliomas held.
- August: 1st batch of medical oncology DM fellows enrolled.
- 1st 3D-CRT treatments started in November 2011.
- 2012 – January: 1st IMRT treatments started;
- February: 1st Rapid Arc treatments started.
- March: 7th RCC CME held on epithelial ovarian malignancies.
- April: 8th RCC CME held on palliative care.
- September: On-Board Imager (OBI) installed, Stereotactic RT enabled, Special ward with ICU facility started
- October: The Department of Radiotherapy, RCC-JIPMER hosted (AROITNPYCON-2012) annual conference of Association of Radiation Oncologists India (TN & PY chapter).
- 2013 – January: 1st Bone Marrow Transplant treatment started.
List of Facilities presently available at RCC JIPMER
- High precision dual energy linear accelerator CLINAC iX with OBI and ECLIPSE version 10.0 TPS capable of 3D-CRT,
- IMRT, IGRT, VMAT, Electrons, SBRT teletherapy.
- Frameless stereotactic radio-surgery.
- Single energy linear accelerator for conventional teletherapy.
- Cobalt-60 teletherapy unit.
- Nucletron micro-selectron HDR brachytherapy unit.
- Varian Gamma Med Plus iX HDR brachytherapy unit.
- Bone marrow transplant facility.
- X-Ray simulator.
- One 500 mA X-Ray unit; one 100 mA mobile X-ray unit.
- Brachytherapy done include: intra-cavitary, intra-luminal, interstitial & mould therapy.
- Both day care & inpatient chemotherapy.
- Blood irradiation for transplant of stem cells.