Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Varanasi
(Under the auspices of Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai and the Indian Railways)
The hospital was established as a unit of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India and managed by Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. The aim was to bring comprehensive and high quality cancer care at affordable costs to the doorsteps of patients of Varanasi and its neighbouring areas and the States of India. This outreach programme aimed to offer the same quality services at similar costs as provided by Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
To provide comprehensive cancer care to one and all, through its motto of excellence in service, education and research.
To provide leadership in guiding the national policy and strategy for cancer care by:
The various services provided include
The department of Anaesthesia comprised of Anaesthesia services, critical care and pain management manned by trained and well versed faculty and residents. The department provided round the clock facilities for patient services. A highly equipped anaesthesia set up required for difficult and prolonged surgeries and an intensive care unit for the management of critically ill cancer patients were the hallmarks of this setup. Furthermore, this unit was specialized in the management of cancer pain.
A comprehensive adult medical oncology team provided facilities for treatment of a variety of cancers that required chemotherapy and supportive care. The unit initially started functioning with the management of solid tumors like head and neck, breast, lung, abdominal, and gynaecological cancers and would soon expand to treat blood cancers also. All facilities like in - patient admission, Daycare, 24 - hour functioning emergency and intensive care units were available.
Pediatric oncology branch of medical oncology looked after treatment of children with cancer. Children who are up to 15 years were seen by pediatric oncologist, who were specially trained to treat children. At HBCH, Varanasi, all children who suffered from any type of cancer were treated. Initially all the facilities to treat all types of cancer may not be available locally, such children will be referred to TMH, Mumbai. In the long run, we will try to provide all kinds of services in this hospital only.
Our aim was to provide the following facilities:
With the principal objective of prevention and early detection of common cancers like breast, gynaecological and head and neck cancers, the departments will work towards raising awareness and concern about cancer and affirming the prevention and curability of cancers if detected early. As the level of cancer awareness rises, the health seeking behaviour towards early detection would increase and consequently, the cancer load in the country will begin to decline.
The Department of Preventive oncology mainly focused on
Surgical oncology includes multiple subspecialities. At present the department is divided into three major units- head and neck surgery, general surgical oncology and plastic and reconstructive surgery. We are starting with three well equipped major operation theatres and one minor operation theatre. With time, as we plan to expand the department with more faculty, in patient beds and operation theatres, we will subdivide the surgical facilities into specific organ based departments as followed in TMH Mumbai.
Radiation oncology is an integral part of cancer treatment. At present there is a Cobalt machine and a Linear Accelerator.
Our radiation department will offer modern sophisticated state of art treatment modalities which include 3-D conformal radiotherapy (3-D CRT), Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery. In a short span of time, we aim at starting facilities for brachytherapy.
A proper diagnosis is the key to successful management. The department of pathology incorporates histopathology, cytopathology, immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology and hematopathology. All the divisions will be managed by trained pathologists and technicians. The department will aim in providing precise and timely diagnosis necessary for proper patient management.
The department of radiodiagnosis is well equipped with the latest technology and has Digital Radiography, Mammography, Ultrasonography, Color Doppler, CT scanner and MRI machines.
There is also facility for digital Portable radiography, and bed side and intra operative sonography. A ‘C’ arm digital radiography machine is also present for intraoperative radiography and fluoroscopy.
As HBCH, Varanasi is a very young organisation research activity is yet to start in full scale..
Hospital Number: 0542-2225022