Ceylinco Cancer surpasses 12,000 Radiation treatments
Sri Lanka’s pioneer private sector cancer treatment provider Ceylinco Cancer Centre Services Ltd. (CHSL) has announced it has crossed the milestone of treating 12,000 cancer patients via a combination of cutting-edge radiation therapy and other forms of treatments.
This milestone in care was reached in September 2021; 14 years after CHSL introduced radiation treatment via Linear Accelerator to Sri Lanka, enabling patients to receive the treatment they required without having to travel overseas.
CHSL subsequently introduced TomoTherapy, another form of ultra-precise radiation treatment to Sri Lanka and now offers patients the options of two treatments via TomoTherapy and Linear Accelerator in addition to Radioactive Iodine Treatment and Brachytherapy.
TomoTherapy is the most advanced form of cancer therapy for the treatment of brain tumours, head and neck cancers, and prostate cancer and is preferred by clinicians, as it allows them to see what they plan to treat immediately before beginning each treatment fraction. The treatment ensures that tumours are not under-dosed, and that radiation exposure to surrounding tissue is minimised. The unique feature of TomoTherapy is that patients are exposed to shorter beam times with better targeting of tumours.
Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) that safely delivers precise radiation to a tumour combined with the accuracy of computed tomography (CT) scanning technology, and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) that helps doctors make immediate adjustments to allow for tumour movement or shrinkage, weight loss and other changes, are among the advanced radiation treatment options available at CHSL’s TomoTheraphy unit.
CHSL upgraded its Radiation Treatment Centre in 2018 with the acquisition of a new Linear Accelerator from Varian Medical Systems. The new Clinac® iX linear accelerator delivers radiation with pinpoint precision at any angle to any location in the body. This unit also offers IMRT, IGRT, and 3D Conformal Radiotherapy which ensure shorter beam times for patients and better targeting of tumours. Known as the most stable machine for cancer treatment, the Linear Accelerator treats cancers of the breast, abdomen, lungs, and prostate.
Ceylinco Cancer care Services is also the only private hospital in the country to offer Brachytherapy (internal radiation) and recently upgraded its treatment planning and delivery systems with an investment of Rs 15 million. Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of cervical and endometrial cancer as well as oesophageal, head and neck, vaginal, rectal and lung cancers. With the upgrade, cancer patients experience more precise treatments offered by the new software which has 3D contouring and margin tools for anatomy definitions and image registration, fast catheter reconstruction algorithms for implant reconstructions, dose point optimisation and geometric optimisation.
Radioactive Iodine Treatment at the Centre is offered to patients with hyperthyroidism. It is delivered in a single dose and has minimal or no side effects.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s leading life insurance company Ceylinco Life, Ceylinco Cancer Care Services Limited operates the most experienced and affordable private cancer treatment centres in the country. The treatment facilities offered by the Company are estimated to generate a saving of US$ 500,000 in foreign exchange per year.
§ Discounts on cost of Radiation Treatment for Cancer
§ Discounts extended to immediate family members of policyholders
Ceylinco Cancercare Services Limited (CHSL) has announced that life insurance policyholders of Ceylinco Life will be provided discounts of up to 50 per cent for radiation treatment at the Company’s two state-of-the-art cancer treatment centres in Colombo.
Ceylinco Life policyholders whose life insurance policies have been active for more than three years would be eligible for a discount of 50 per cent, while other life policyholders would receive a discount of 25 per cent, the Company said.
These generous discounts, which can represent savings of up to Rs 400,000 or more, will be offered for radiation treatment via the Varian Clinac® iX linear accelerator or via the Accuray TomoHD™ TomoTherapy treatment system. Both treatment centres are located at separate addresses at Park Street, Colombo 2.
Immediate family members of Ceylinco Life’s life policyholders are also entitled to receive these discounts, CHSL said. For the purpose of this offer, immediate family members are identified as the spouse and children of a married policyholder, or the parents of an unmarried policyholder.
“These discounts translate to a very substantial additional benefit to our life policyholders at no added cost, and are an articulation of Ceylinco Life’s commitment to the wellbeing of its policyholders,” CHSL director and Ceylinco Life Managing Director Mr Thushara Ranasinghe said. “They also demonstrate another facet of how Ceylinco Life helps de-risk the future of its policyholders. The Company has invested heavily in cutting-edge cancer treatment equipment and we are happy to be able to pass on the benefit of these investments to our customers, in addition to enhancing the treatment options for the general public.”
The state-of-the-art Clinac® iX linear accelerator purchased by CHSL from Varian Medical Systems, a global leader in Radiation Oncology, and commissioned in December 2018, replaced the original linear accelerator unit which when commissioned in 2007, was the first linear accelerator in the country. The new linear accelerator delivers significant improvements in precision and reduced treatment times, enabling the CHSL’s Radiation Treatment Centre to efficiently deliver wide-ranging radiation therapy treatments including 3D Conformal Radiotherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and MV based Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) to treat many forms of cancer.
CHSL’s TomoTherapy Centre is the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka. TomoTherapy is an integrated, advanced form of 3-dimensional image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Because a patient’s anatomy can change from day-to-day, image-guided radiation therapy helps doctors make immediate adjustments to allow for tumor movement or shrinkage, weight loss and other changes. TomoTherapy can provide significantly more accurate radiation therapy for even the smallest tumours and reduce treatment times. It can be used to treat cancers all over the body, but is especially effective for prostate cancers, head and neck, pancreatic, left-sided breast, anal and rectal cancers.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Ceylinco Life, Ceylinco Cancercare Services Limited operates the most experienced and affordable private cancer treatment centres in the country. These centres have successfully administered radiation therapy to over 7,000 patients in Sri Lanka over the past decade.
The Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre, the only private hospital in the country to offer Brachytherapy (internal radiation) for the treatment of cancer, has announced upgrades to its treatment planning and delivery systems to further improve accuracy and efficiency.
An investment of Rs 15 million, the upgrade offers Consultant Oncologists and Medical Physicists involved in treatment planning enhanced capabilities to plan and deliver the required precision treatments, the Centre said.
Brachytherapy is a treatment that involves placing radioactive material in the body of the cancer patient. It is used for treating cervical and endometrial cancer as well as oesophageal, head and neck, vaginal, rectal and lung cancers.
Elaborating on the upgrade, the Centre said the installation of new Treatment Planning System (TPS) hardware using the latest Oncentra Brachy 4.6 version upgrade and a Treatment Delivery System upgrade with the newest Treatment Console System (TCS) hardware running on the MHDR V3 TCS 3.1.6 upgrade, was undertaken by DIMO, the local agent for Elekta Medical Systems of the Netherlands.
Components such as the GYN Transfer Tube sets, X-Ray Catheter sets, and the Fletcher-Williamson applicator sets were also replaced with the upgrade, the Centre said.
With the upgrade, cancer patients can experience more precise treatments offered by the new software which has 3D contouring and margin tools for anatomy definitions and image registration, fast catheter reconstruction algorithms for implant reconstructions, dose point optimisation and geometric optimisation. Plan analysis tools such as synchronized plan evaluation for comparison are also an advantage.
Owned and managed by Ceylinco Cancercare Services Ltd. (CHSL), the Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre has a Selectron HDR Brachytherapy System which was installed in 2007 and has successfully provided brachytherapy treatment over the past 13 years. The Centre also offers radiation treatment via linear accelerator, radioactive iodine treatment and chemotherapy, while the Ceylinco Tomotherapy Centre also owned by CHSL is the only facility offering tomotherapy in Sri Lanka.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s leading life insurance company Ceylinco Life, Ceylinco Cancercare Services Limited operates the most experienced and affordable private cancer treatment centres in the country. These centres have successfully administered radiation therapy to over 7,000 patients in Sri Lanka over the past decade.
Ceylinco Cancercare Services Limited and Kings Hospital Colombo have announced a collaboration to provide comprehensive medical care at concessionary rates to benefit patients of both institutions.
With the new partnership, Ceylinco Cancercare will provide state-of-the-art cancer-related treatments to patients of Kings Hospital and the latter will provide comprehensive medical care including top end diagnostics, surgery and rehabilitation programs to patients through multi-disciplinary teams of highly trained and competent specialists and doctors in Sri Lanka.
“We believe that patient outcomes must take precedence over everything else, and to that end seek to collaborate with like-minded institutions,” Ceylinco Cancer care Services Chairman Mr R. Renganathan said. “We have also recently entered into a partnership with the Apollo Proton Care Centre in Chennai to facilitate treatment for our patients at the only proton beam therapy centre in South Asia. It is expected that the Ceylinco Cancer care - Kings Hospital collaboration will enhance the quality of treatment and patient comfort especially when dealing with issues such as cancer.
Kings Hospital Colombo has allocated a special counter and a help desk at its consultation lounge that will enable the two institutions to coordinate with patients and oncologists in order to ensure seamless medical care to patients.
Kings Hospital Colombo is an ultra-modern, multi-specialty corporate hospital with 120 beds. With a patient-centric contemporary design, it is committed to providing compassionate and high-quality medical care of international standards with a focus on providing the best clinical outcomes at optimum cost. King’s Hospital Colombo is the newest addition to private Cancer care in Colombo and is equipped with the most modern diagnostics such as digital mammography, MRI, CT and laboratory services.
All operating theaters are modular type conforming to highest standards in the Cancer care sector. Kings Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services including Gastroenterology, Urology, Orthopedics, Chest Medicine and Thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dental Surgery, Transplant Surgery and Dialysis, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatric Surgery and Cardiology. All ancillary services such as ICU, dialysis service, physiotherapy, rehabilitation facilities are set to the highest standards to ensure the best possible care to patients.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s leading life insurance company Ceylinco Life, Ceylinco Cancercare Services Limited operates two radiation treatment units – the Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre which offers treatment via Linear Accelerator and the Ceylinco TomoTherapy Centre, which is the only TomoTherapy unit in the country. These are the most experienced and affordable private cancer treatment centres in the country. Ceylinco Cancercare Services has successfully administered radiation therapy to over 7,000 patients in Sri Lanka over the past decade. Customised care packages will be available through this initiative as a value addition to patients.
‘Ceylinco Assured Care Centre’ to offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary resident & OPD care with specialists in Geriatric Medicine
The first multidisciplinary medical care centre for the elderly in Sri Lanka’s private sector was formally declared open by Ceylinco Cancer care Services Limited (CHSL) in February with the involvement of some of the country’s leading specialists in Geriatric Medicine.
Located on the first floor of the Ceylinco Cancer care Centre at No 60, Park Street, Colombo 2, the unit comprises of four rooms for residential care, as well as facilities for outpatient services and channelling of specialist doctors, physiotherapists, speech therapists and diet therapists, bringing under one roof the inter-linked, inter-disciplinary services needed for holistic care of elders.
Recognising the need for a shift from the disease-centric approach to the person-centric approach of treatment that is central to Geriatric Medicine, the Ceylinco Assured Care Centre will cater to persons who are relatively healthy after the age of 60 and will benefit from assistance for active healthy ageing, as well as for elderly patients who are weak and in need of specific medical interventions and support.
Speaking at the opening of the centre, CHSL Chairman Mr R. Renganathan pointed out that Sri Lanka has the dubious distinction of having the fastest ageing population in the world, and that elderly people, defined as persons over 60 years, will represent 50 per cent of the country’s population by 2050. These projections had led Ceylinco Life, which owns Ceylinco Cancer care Services, to invest in ‘La Serena’ – Sri Lanka’s first dedicated retirement resort – and the Ceylinco Assured Care Centre, he said.
Consultant Physician Dr Dilhar Samaraweera, founder President of the Sri Lanka Association of Geriatric Medicine, who addressed invitees at the opening of the new centre, said the Ceylinco Assured Care Centre was the result of detailed discussions between himself and other leading doctors and Ceylinco Cancer care Services. “The Board of Directors of CHSL showed great commitment to set up a centre of excellence of quality, and I have great pleasure and pride to be associated with the first multidisciplinary elderly care centre in the private sector,’ he said.
“No other centre offers services that encompass the physical, sensory, cognitive, environmental and social areas,” Dr Samaraweera said, disclosing that the centre would address the syndromes associated with ageing such as decreased mobility, instability, falls, frailty, incontinence, dementia and depression, and would also offer pre-retirement counselling to provide those approaching 60 guidance to age gracefully.
A membership programme offered by the Ceylinco Assured Care Centre provides the assurance that “we will all be with you throughout the course of your life,” Dr Samaraweera added.
Consultant Rheumatologist Dr Lalith Wijeratne, founder of the Sri Lanka Association of Geriatric Medicine, who spoke on the origins and evolution of Geriatric Medicine as a distinct specialty in Sri Lanka following the establishment of a Board of Study in Elderly Care, said Sri Lanka now has 70 postgraduate doctors who are diploma holders in Geriatric Medicine, and that the first batch of fully-qualified Geriatrics specialists would pass out in 2024.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s leading life insurance company Ceylinco Life, Ceylinco Cancer care Services Limited operates two radiation treatment units – the Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre which offers treatment via Linear Accelerator and the Ceylinco TomoTherapy Centre, which is the only TomoTherapy unit in the country. These are the most experienced and affordable private cancer treatment centres in the country. Ceylinco Cancer care Services has successfully administered radiation therapy to over 7,000 patients in Sri Lanka over the past decade.