PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the National Hadron Beam Facility here Friday at the Tata Memorial hospital (TMH) to provide high-end treatment for cancer. The Rs 425-crore project, funded by the Centre, is expected to be completed in four years. It will cater to more than 11 lakh patients visiting the hospital every year. Singh also laid the foundation stone for a women and children’s hospital with 200 beds.
“This is the first such centre in India that will bring us among top countries having highly developed cancer-care facilities. The institute will also become a centre for research and education since cancer is emerging as the leading cause of death globally,” Singh said.
Hadron beam facility is a branch of radiation therapy that uses charged protons to kill the tumour source in the body. As opposed to the conventional methods, Hadron beams cause minimum damage to the surrounding tissues.
Currently, there are 36 proton therapy centres and six carbon centres across the globe. Another 38 proton centres are under construction, including the one at TMH. While the cost of the hadron beam treatment is as high as Rs 1 crore, the hospital will provide free treatment to 60 per cent patients and charge Rs 10 lakh from other patients.