Rela Hospital on Monday launched the Center of Excellence for Neuroendocrine Tumors.
Nobel laureate Ada E. Yonath founded the center. Neuroendocrine tumors begin in neuroendocrine cells with symptoms similar to nerve cells and hormone-producing cells. Neuroendocrine tumors, which are more common in the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, pancreas, appendix, small intestine, and rectum, can occur in almost any organ.
The center will have oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, endocrinologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists and nurses. Hospital CEO K. Ilankumaran Kaliamurthy said the new feature was developed to address a rare tumour.
CS Mani, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncology, said that neuroendocrine is a specialized group of cells scattered throughout the body. “Although they exist for a specific purpose, they can unusually give rise to different types of cancer. In recent times, there has been an increase in the recognition of tumors. Some famous personalities like Steve Jobs, Irrfan Khan and Aretha Franklin Was affected by this tumor. It is increasing in incidence all over the world as compared to last 10 to 15 years,” he said.
Pro. Yonath said: “With the expertise and knowledge of the team of oncologists here, I am confident that patients with this deadly cancer will receive the best treatment.”