Raipur, November 18, 2023: Apollo Proton Cancer Centres (APCC) announced the inauguration of its groundbreaking Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Head and Neck Cancer. With a comprehensive approach to cancer management and cutting-edge technologies, APCC is set to revolutionize the way head and neck cancer is treated, offering patients the best possible oncological outcomes while preserving their functionality and cosmesis.
Head and neck cancer is a significant public health concern, with 57.5% of cases worldwide occurring in Asia. India bears a heavy burden, accounting for 30% of all head and neck cancers globally. In 2018, India recorded 1,19,992 new cases and 72,616 deaths due to oral cancers, earning the country the unfortunate title of being the “capital of oral cancers.” This alarming trend is often attributed to unique habits, such as tobacco chewing, and the high incidence of oral cancer associated with smokeless tobacco use.
Dr. Sapna Nangia, Director – Breast, Head & Neck, Department of Radiation Oncology, APCC, emphasized the gravity of the situation, saying, “The prevalence of head and neck cancer in India is a cause for concern, and it necessitates a specialized and integrated approach to treatment. APCC’s Centre of Excellence for Head and Neck Cancer is committed to providing the best possible oncological outcomes while prioritizing functional and cosmetic outcomes for our patients.”
Dr Sandip Duarah, Senior Consultant, Head and Neck, Surgical Oncology, APCC, said, “Head and Neck Cancer Management has always been a multidisciplinary approach. Here at APCC, we not only have all the cutting-edge technology to aid us but our strength lies in our team which works in perfect tandem, relying on each other for all treatment decisions that are taken for the benefit of the patient’s well-being. At APCC, we believe in complete teamwork which is our forte.”
The Centre’s cutting-edge technologies include robotic surgery, virtual planning, and 3D printing, Co2 Laser for voice box cancer, narrow-band imaging for the early diagnosis of potentially malignant cancer, high-end endoscopic instrumentation, and navigation systems for skull-based tumors.
Dr. Naveen Hedne, Senior Consultant – Head and Neck, Surgical Oncology, APCC, shared his excitement about the Centre’s potential, stating, “Our team at APCC comprises dedicated professionals who bring a collective clinical experience of over 100 years in Head and Neck Cancer Management. We are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and our multidisciplinary approach ensures that patients receive the highest level of care.”
Dr. Prasad Eswaran, Senior Consultant, Head and Neck, Medical Oncology, APCC, highlighted the importance of a coordinated approach, saying, “Our team consists of specialists from various disciplines, including radiation oncologists, robotic surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, speech therapists, theranostics/nuclear medicine experts, and anesthesiologists. This multidisciplinary approach allows us to provide patients with a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.”
APCC ensures in providing holistic care for individuals facing health challenges, such as cancer. A comprehensive approach that addresses their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. This approach encompasses a range of specialized services, including dietary support to ensure proper nutrition during treatment, swallowing and speech therapy to assist those with communication and swallowing difficulties. Clinicians from psycho-oncology provide emotional support and address the psychological aspects of coping with a diagnosis while the physiotherapy team constantly helps to maintain or improve physical function.
By integrating these elements into the patient’s care plan, APCC enhances the overall quality of life and promotes a sense of well-being, recognizing that healing extends beyond medical treatment.
The launch of the Centre of Excellence for Head and Neck Cancer reaffirms APCC’s commitment to advancing cancer care and delivering the best possible outcomes for patients. Through its state-of-the-art technologies, experienced team of specialists, and dedication to both oncological and functional well-being, APCC is positioned to make a significant impact in the fight against head and neck cancer.