Congratulations to IBA and Tata Memorial Hospital11/08/2020

Congratulations to IBA and Tata Memorial Hospital for initiating the second step ‘Beam on Degrader’ !

IBA (Ion Beam Applications SA) is the Belgian Giant that has been developing, manufacturing and supporting medical devices and software solution for cancer treatments for more than 30 years.  Tata Memorial Hospital is ranked amongst the top cancer care centers globally, catering to 55-60 thousand new cancer patients every year. Both companies had entered into a contract to install a proton therapy center in Mumbai in 2016 and includes a long-term operation and maintenance contract. The fruitful relationship has already entered in its second phase.

Zee 24 Taas TV channel  interviewed Tata Memorial’s Chairman Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Radiation Oncology Specialist Dr. Siddharth Laskar and  IBA’s Director ( India) Mr. Rakesh Pathak in the first week of August 2020.  Dr. Badwe explained process of Proton Therapy Center installed by IBA . The 1st step is called ‘Rigging’ which has been already completed on 29th January 2020 , 2nd step is called ‘beam on degrader’ and through this process, it has started producing proton beams since 1st August 2020. Next stage will be to treat patients. Tata Memorial is expecting to treat their first patient through proton therapy in April 2021. Mr. Rakesh Pathak explained how since 6 months this project is taking shape and finally they will be ready for final step. Dr. Laskar also expressed that Tata Memorial is planning to treat patients free of cost and especially children will be benefited from this therapy.

How proton Therapy is different from other therapies?  Safety and Accuracy  are the major factors: through proton therapy, only cancerous cells will be treated and surrounding cells will be not damaged. IBA is the market leader in the provision of proton therapy and their experience and technological leadership, including the ability to offer Pencil Beam Scanning Technology offers a revolutionary treatment for many cancer Patients in India.

In this ever changing environment, this kind of news gives a sigh of relief and hope. We congratulate IBA and Tata Memorial Hospital for this success and are looking forward towards the final step.