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:
- MD. 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.