Government Medical College, Anantnag, J&K.
Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy) is a clinical specialty that employs radiation to treat cancer and other medical (Sometimes benign) conditions. Two types of Radiation Therapy are available; External Radiation Therapy and Internal Radiation Therapy. External Radiation Therapy utilizes high-energy penetrating wave or particle beams that are used to damage or destroy cancerous cells. External Radiation Therapy may also be used as a form of treatment for some non-cancerous diseases, and is frequently delivered on a recurring outpatient basis. Internal Radiation Therapy employs the use of low-activity radioactive implants or ‘seeds’ to deliver radiation to local tissue structures. Frequently implanted surgically in tumours, or used as intra-cavitary or surface mould applicator the radioactive decay of the isotope damages or destroys the immediately surrounding tissue. Implants are specifically chosen to match the prescribed radiation dose necessary to damage the tumour while protecting the surrounding healthy tissues. Current methods of Radiation Therapy include the use of 3-dimensional data collection, the use of computer aided treatment planning, and the use of highly accurate radiation delivery equipment.
The Radiation oncology services are at kick off stage at GMC, Anantnag. TheDeptt. runs OPD services twice a week and a Level -1 Day care service wherein push in chemotherapy is given to the patients and other palliative procedures are being performed. Total number of patients registered in the department is 235( 135 in 2019 and 100 till date in 2020). The Deptt.has submitted a detailed lay out plan for establishment of radiation facilities at the college and associated hospital.
The Deptt. actively participates in various academic activities of the college .The Deptt.is clubbed with RCC SKIMS,Soura and is in liaison with the Cancer Society of Kashmir.