Advocating more use of advanced technology in medical field, principal scientific advisor to Government of India, Dr R Chidambaram here on Tuesday said that soon treatment of cancer patients through proton beam therapy will commence in the country. “One facility is coming up at Tata Memorial Hospital and another at Apollo Hospital (Chennai). We will also start work on developing the indigenous version of proton beam therapy shortly,” the senior scientist told reporters on the sidelines of the 8th Indian Particle Accelerator Conference (InPAC-2018) which was inaugurated at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) on Tuesday.
Addressing the conference, he advocated for development of proton therapy and called upon national labs to work in this direction. Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment that uses protons to treat cancer. A proton is a positively charged particle. At high energy, protons can destroy cancer cells. The therapy painlessly delivers radiation through the skin from a machine outside the body. Meanwhile, RRCAT director Dr PA Naik during the inaugural function shed light on importance of the biennial conference which is the biggest platform in India to share new ideas and to review progress on the development of accelerator technology.
In PAC-2018 chairman SC Joshi said that around 430 delegates are participating in the conference representing all the major accelerator laboratories of the country, along with a few experts from accelerator laboratories abroad.