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Government Of Assam Health & Family Welfare

Cancer Research and its Treatment

Treatment for Cancer Patients

Cancer can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy (including immunotherapy such as monoclonal antibody therapy) and synthetic lethality. The choice of therapy depends upon the location and grade of the tumor and the stage of the disease, as well as the general state of the patient (performance status). A number of experimental cancer treatments are also under development. Under current estimates, two in five people will have cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Complete removal of the cancer without damage to the rest of the body (that is, achieving cure with near-zero adverse effects) is the ideal goal of treatment and is often the goal in practice. Sometimes this can be accomplished by surgery, but the propensity of cancers to invade adjacent tissue or to spread to distant sites by microscopic metastasis often limits its effectiveness; and chemotherapy and radiotherapy can have a negative effect on normal cells. Therefore, cure with nonnegligible adverse effects may be accepted as a practical goal in some cases; and besides curative intent, practical goals of therapy can also include (1) suppressing the cancer to a subclinical state and maintaining that State for years of good quality of life (that is, treating the cancer as a chronic disease), and (2) palliative care without curative intent (for advanced-stage metastatic cancers).

Because "cancer" refers to a class of diseases, it is unlikely that there will ever be a single "cure for cancer" any more than there will be a single treatment for all infectious diseases. Angiogenesis inhibitors were once thought to have potential as a "silver bullet" treatment applicable to many types of cancer, but this has not been the case in practice.

Benefits for Cancer Patients of Assam

Assam Arogya Nidhi Scheme of Health and Family Welfare Department provides financial assistance to the families whose monthly income is not more than Rs. 10,000 for treatment of life threatening diseases including cancer. The main objective of this scheme is to provide financial assistance to poor BPL family who are not able to get better treatment. It provides financial assistance for Radiation therapy and Anti cancer chemotherapy.

Announcements by Health Minister for free treatment of Cancer patients

Assam Health Minister announced that Government will provide free treatment to all cancer patients in all civil hospitals. OPDs with two doctors will be set up in all the civil hospitals for this purpose.

Separate 100 bed cancer hospitals will be set up in Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur and Silchar Medical College and Hospitals. Every November month would be observed as Cancer Awareness Month.

List of Cancer Hospitals, Institutes and Centres in Assam

1. GMCH Cancer Hospital (200 Bedded)

2. Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute
(Regional Institute for Treatment and Research)
Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati
Assam - 781 016
Phone No. +91-361-2472366, 2472636, 2472364

3. North East Cancer Hospital
Jorabat, Guwahati,
Assam - 781023
Phone No. 094 35 044076

4.  The Cachar Cancer Hospital Society
N. S. Avenue, Silchar
Assam - 788005
Phone No. +91 (03842) 231901

5.  Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre
Meherpur, Silchar
Assam - 788015
Phone No. +91 (03842) 224795/240608

6. Lower Assam Hospital & Research Centre
North Bangaigaan, Chapaguri Road,
North Bongaigaon, Bongaigaon - 783380
Phone No. (03664) 230464, 230465

7. JJ Memorial Hospital & Research Centre
Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Avenue,
Dibrugarh, Assam - 786005
Phone No. (0373) 302470, 300147

8. Sristi Hospitals & Research Centre
Paltan Bazar, Jalan Nagar,
Dibrugarh, Assam - 786005
Phone No. (0373) 2301300, 300024

9. Florence Hospital
Pancharatna Road,
Goalpara - 783101,
Phone No. (03663) 242084

10. Adlab Diagnostics & Research Centre
Opp. St. Marry s School, M.C Road,
Guwahati - 781003,
Dist:Kamrup, Assam
Phone No. (0361) 2664801, 2664895

11. Arya Hospitals
A.M.Road, Opp Apsara Cinema Hall,
Rehabari, Guwahati - 781008,
Dist:Kamrup, Assam
Phone No. (0361) 260665, 2606888

12. Dharanidhar Memorial Institute of Medical Science & Research (DIMS)
2no Mathgharia, B.G.Tiniali,
Zoo Narangi Road, Guwahati - 781020
Dist:Kamrup, Assam
Phone No. (0361) 2656957, 2656546

13. Guwahati Neuro Research Centre Ltd
Near Dispur Super Market,
Guwahati - 781006,
Dist:Kamrup, Assam
Phone No. (0361) 222770 , 2227701