The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) says India is exper disease by 202cted to register over 17 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8 lakh deaths because of the kille0. 

East and North-East India are not immune to this fact and are reporting substantial number of cancer cases, according to ICMR's recent projection in a study. 

The study prompted Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Health and Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, BioconNSE 2.29 %, to unveil a state-of-the-art linear accelerator at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital in Howrah, for treatment of cancer patients in this part of the country as well. 

Developed by Swedish company Elekta, 'Versa HD' as it is known, has the versatility to deliver conventional radiotherapy and a variety of indications and treatment techniques. It is designed for the most challengi stereotactic treatments, enabling ultimate clinical flexibility and operational efficiency for reduced treatment times and at with affordable rate. 

Radiation therapy (radiotherapy) uses ionizing radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells and is normally delivered by a linear accelerator. Radiotherapy is one of the pillars of cancer management and may involve either external beam treatment or brachytherapy, a technique where a sealed radiation source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment, the company's mediastatement stated. 

Dr Devi Shetty said, "It has been our endeavour to make Kolkata a leading healthcare hub and address the growing medical needs of people of not only West Bengal but also Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, North-Eastern states and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan. The availability of Versa HD linear accelerator at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah is an important step in that direction." 

With this, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah - Narayana Health's flagship unit for cancer care in eastern India, has become the only hospital in the region to be equipped with the latest technology in radiotherapy. "The future of radiotherapy for treating cancer lies in more personalised treatment and Versa HD will enable them to do just that," said Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.