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Tirupati set to get country’s largest cancer hospital – ET HealthWorld

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Visakhapatnam: The Andhra Pradesh Comprehensive Cancer Care (APCCC) project has proposed to set up the country’s largest cancer hospice centre with 100 beds in Tirupati. This is apart from the centre of excellence proposed at SVIMS, in the name of ‘Balaji Institute of Oncology’, which will specialise in paediatric cancer care, bone marrow transplantations and cancer genome research.

The Balaji Institute will also act as an international cancer care centre. Overall, the project has planned to develop Tirupati into a medical tourism hub.

A centre of excellence in nuclear medicine will be established in Visakhapatnam.

The APCCC has also proposed to create a directorate for comprehensive cancer care to rope in senior officials to lead prevention and treatment initiatives. The directorate may initiate public-private partnership projects at various levels to ensure proper development of physical infrastructure, mammogram buses, and academic research and training.

Under this project, the state government may also explore avenues of external funding through international agencies, officials said.

Speaking to ToI, special secretary, medical and health department, Naveen Kumar, said the AP Comprehensive Cancer care follows a three-pronged approach, including prevention, treatment, and pain and palliative care. “Awareness is the key element in eradicating the disease. It includes basic knowledge about the disease as well as the diagnosis with which it can be addressed. There are some instances where patients are not even aware about the cancer care facility available in the government setup, and the services they can avail through Aarogyasri for the cancer treatment and follow-up. Every ‘Aarogya Mitra’ and volunteers of village/ward secretariats will be trained for patient’s navigation under APCCC,” said Naveen Kumar.

The special secretary added the APCCC is aimed at creating awareness and acceptance. “It will enable availability, accessibility and affordability of cancer care at all levels for all public,” said Naveen Kumar

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