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Sept2019: CII 20th National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2019

We are happy to announce that Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Visakhapatnam has been recognized as the Energy Efficient at the ‘CII 20th National Awards for Excellence in Energy Management – 2019’. In a glittering ceremony organized in Hyderabad between 16-18 September, we are presented this award for efficient management of energy in our organization in the healthcare sector of Andhra Pradesh, thereby helping to preserve the balance in environment.

Our organization is always at the forefront in implementing innovative solutions in the interest of patients, society, and nation in general. Managing director Dr. Murali Krishna Voonna congratulated the employees of the organization for the efforts in receiving this recognition.

Aug2019: The First Bone Marrow Transplant Treatment

Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital proudly announces that the First Bone Marrow Transplant treatment (an Allogenic BMT) at our Andhra Pradesh’s FIRST EXCLUSIVE Bone Marrow Transplant Unit has been very successful. The procedure was performed on a 13-year old girl suffering from Aplastic Anemia. The girl has been discharged after a thorough examination and about a month-long treatment under very suitably controlled environment in the facility with class-10000 clean-room standard, HEPA filtration systems, and positive pressure ventilation and expert services of Hematologist & BMT Physician Dr. Chandrasekhar Bendi, Chief Medical Oncologist Dr. Rakesh Reddy and team. Managing Director Dr. Murali Voonna said ‘We feel proud and happy to bring this exclusive service to the people in the region (Andhra, Odisha & Chhattisgarh) benefiting patients suffering from blood cancers and conditions like Aplastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia & Thalassemia too’.

July2019: MGONCOCON2019 – Live Robotic Surgery Workshop

Formal Inauguration of #MGONCOCON2019 – Live Robotic Surgery Workshop with the wishes and blessings of mentors, seniors & teachers, Dr. T. Subramanyeshwar Rao, Dr. S.P. SomaShekhar & Dr. Ch. Subba Rao. On this occasion, Dr. Murali Voonna, Managing Director has offered surgeons of this region the opportunity to get trained & then use the Robotic Surgical System at our facility.

Following the Inauguration, a highly interactive & informative discussion on best practices in “Robotic Surgery in Urology” by best minds in Robotic Surgery and Urology over a live ‘Robotic Nephrectomy’ by Dr. Ananthakrishnan Sivaraman, Urologist & Robotic Surgeon of Chennai Urology & Robotics Institute.

Following the Live Surgery, detailed discussions & presentations on ‘Robotics In Urology’ by Dr. Gagan Prakash, ‘Targeted Therapy in Renal Cell Carcinoma’ by Dr. B. Rakesh Reddy & a video presentation on ‘Radical Prostatectomy’ by Dr.Ananthakrishnan Sivaraman on the Day-1 of #MGONCOCON2019 – Live Robotic Surgery Workshop.

After the interactive sessions, an in-depth interactive discussion on various surgical methods and options by experienced surgeons during a LIVE Robotic Surgery of ‘Robotic Esophagectomy’ by Robotic Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists, Dr. S.P. SomaShekhar and Dr. M.P.S. Chandra Kalyan (Matha Kalyan).

Dr. Karthik Chandra Vallam moderated a panel discussion with quite a few interesting questions on ‘Multi-Modality Management of Esophageal Cancers’ to the experienced Oncologists of all the modalities and the Gastroenterologist on a panel. At the end of the session, everyone in the audience felt better informed.

Towards the end of the first day interactive #MGONCOCON2019 workshop sessions, Dr. S.P. SomaShekhar & Dr. Prasanth Penumadu, discussed the incremental merits of ‘Robotic Surgery’ when compared to ‘Laparoscopic Surgery’ over video demonstrations of their surgical experiences.

The Day-2 of #MGONCOCON2019 workshop got initiated with a demonstration & LIVE Surgery of ‘Robotic Anterior Resection’ by senior Robotic Surgeon, Dr. S.P. SomaShekhar. Lively interaction between senior surgeons in the audience at the conference and the operating surgeon enriched the session for the whole audience.

Following the Live Surgery, Dr. Karthik Chandra Vallam discussed the importance of ‘CRS and HIPEC in GI Cancers’ during the 2nd day of Live Robotic Surgery Workshop, #MGONCOCON2019.

Dr. Praveen Kammar moderated a panel discussion on ‘Management of Colorectal Metastasis & Personalized Treatment of Colorectal Cancers’, in addition to many other important points.. The panel also discussed comparative merits/demerits of Ablation(RFA) and surgical options at the Live Robotic Surgery Workshop of #MGONCOCON2019.

Concluding the very highly interactive workshop and conference, Dr. Karthik Chandra Vallam shared the experience of the ‘First 100+ Robotic Surgeries’ at Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, experiences of being an early adopter and pioneer in the minimally invasive robotic surgery in this region.

May2019: Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Inauguration

Grand inauguration of ‘Centre for Advanced Hematology & Hemato-oncology (Bone Marrow Transplant) Unit’ by Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital on 16th May 2019 evening by Senior specialists & well wishers of Visakhapatnam city Dr K.Radha Krishna, Dr K.Vishnu Prasad & Dr R.Madan Mohan in Health City. All guests appreciated and congratulated the efforts of Dr Murali Voonna and Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital for bringing such unique treatment facility closer home.

May2019: National Conference on Stereotaxy

‘Let the Discussions Begin!’. The National Conference on Stereotaxy by Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute has begun with enthusiastic participation of specialists from across the nation. These sessions add points to ‘SOP guidelines in Radiotherapy’.

During ‘The National Conference on Stereotaxy‘, there are more talks and discussions on Stereotactic Radiotherapy on Acoustic-Neuroma, Post-op Brain-Metastasis, Meningioma and Cavity Radiotherapy and some more.

Towards the end of the first day of National Conference on #Stereotaxy, an e-document with a compilation of ‘SOP Guidelines in #Stereotactic #Radiotherapy’ has been released formally by Dr. Rakesh Vyas, Director of Vedant Cancer Hospital, Raipur. This is first of its kind document on this subject in the country, arguably among the first in the world, which would go in a long way in spreading commonly accepted practices in Stereotactic Radiotherapy. Prof. Dr. Sujatha N of KGH, Visakhapatnam, Dr. Sarbani Laskar of TMC-Mumbai also graced the occasion along with our own managing director Dr. Murali Voonna and Dr. Kanhu Charan Patro as editors-in-chief of the book. All the contributors to this book of guidelines have been felicitated too.

All the speakers, delegates and organizers of the ‘National Conference on #Stereotactic #Radiotherapy’, congregate for a group-photograph; This souvenir enhances the memorable discussions in the conference and makes the event memorable!

More speeches & more discussions on AVM, Spine-SABR, Lung-SBRT, Prostate-SBRT, Cardiac-SBRT, Head-N-Neck SBRT Simulation and also on Motion-management and Stereotaxy in Skull Base tumors as part of the ‘National Conference on Stereotaxy’ by Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital.

A parallel session on ‘Principles of #Radiosurgery for Nuero-Surgeons and Neuro-Physicians’ was presented by Dr. Shankar Vangipuram. The discussions on SBRT continued with focus on Lungs, Liver, Pancreases, and PVT in the morning session of the second day of ‘National Conference on #Stereotaxy’.

Feb2019: World Cancer Day – Awareness Talk

Awareness talk at Gurajada Public School, Vizianagaram:

Early Detection of Cancer is the only way to avoid Cancer-fatalities. Awareness should begin even earlier. Hence Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital, in association with rural medical practitioners of Vizianagaram, has organized a cancer awareness talk at Gurajada Public School, Dr. Venkata Krishna Reddy addressed the school-kids encouraging them to discuss with their parents and spread cancer awareness.

Awareness talk at Airport, Visakhapatnam:

We have participated in a Cancer-Awareness-event organized at Vizag-Airport in association with ‘India Turns Pink’ Organisation by Dr. Karthik Chandra addressed the Airport employees and Kendriya-Vidyalaya students on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

Awareness talk at Railway Hospital, Visakhapatnam:

Dr. Madhuri Palla, Radiation Oncologist, has addressed a gathering of patient-attendants of railway-hospital and Railway-Employees @ railway-hospital premises in Visakhapatnam today on the occasion of World Cancer Day to raise awareness on the importance of early detection.

Awareness talk at MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, Odisha:

Dr. Kanhu Charan Patro, Chief Radiation Oncologist of our hospital, has addressed the gathering of Doctors and Nurses of MKCG Medical College, Berhampur on the occasion of World Cancer Day and threw light on the cancer scenario in the country at present and the ways to tackle the menace to reduce cancer fatalities. A few of Cancer Survivors also attended the session.

Feb2019: World Cancer Day – Awareness Campaign

We have organized interactive stalls at most populated public places in the city of Visakhapatnam, to raise awareness of CANCER on the occasion of World Cancer Day and received a massive public response. The places include Visakhapatnam Railway Station, RTC Complex, Vizag Airport, CMR-Central, Andhra University, KGH, Railway Hospital and major junctions across the city. Kudos to all the staff who spread all over the city and are spreading the cancer awareness message far and wide.

Feb2019: World Cancer Day – Awareness Walk @ RK Beach

To support the World Cancer Day, our team has taken the oath, showed our support for the fight against cancer by spreading awareness. On the eve of World Cancer Day, Honorable Minister Shri Ganta Srinivasa Rao garu flagged off the massive awareness walk at RK Beach on 03-Feb, Sunday. Over 1000 enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life participated in the awareness walk. We thank the honorable minister for gracing the occasion and also volunteers from IDA, CII-Vizag, YI, CII-IWN, social service organization and students who participated and supported this endeavor.

Jan2019: 70th Republic Day Celebrations

Celebrated 70th Republic Day of India at the hospital premises with enthusiasm with the unfurling of the flag by Medical Director Dr. Sitarama Swamy Voonna and saluting the flag with patriotic fervor. Speaking on the occasion, managing director Dr. Murali Voonna reminded all the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and the effort and foresight demonstrated by our nation builders while writing the largest and most comprehensive constitution in the world that keeps the largest democratic country vibrant and dynamic all the time, becoming the symbol, to the world, of ‘Unity in Diversity‘!

Dec2018: Free Cancer Awareness Talk at Inspiredge

We have organized Cancer Awareness Talk by our Gynaec Oncologist Dr. Jyoti Doki, followed by an interactive discussion with the enthusiastic participants, at Inspiredge IT Solutions to make young women employees aware of the importance of Self-Breast-Examinations and vaccination against HPV to keep cancer away.