Kolkata, Mar 7 IBNS | 8 months ago

Public sector bank State Bank of India has gifted a new Positron Emission Tomography (with integrated CT Scan) scan machine (PET-CT) to Tata Medical Center - the cancer treatment facility in Kolkata that covers Eastern and North Eastern India.


State Bank of India has donated Rs. 6 crores towards the procurement of a new PET-CT machine, which is the most advanced and trusted imaging tool used worldwide at various stages of cancer.

The PET-CT machine was commissioned by Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India. The occasion was also graced by other dignitaries and officials from both State Bank of India and Tata Medical Center.

Tata Medical Center is a non-profit organization dedicated towards up-to-date cancer treatment and is also an advanced cancer research center in eastern India.

Since its inception on May 16, 2011, the hospital has been supporting the patients in their battle against the disease. Being a non-profit organization, the hospital has always welcomed support from various public and private units as well as from individuals.

State Bank of India is one of the many such organizations that have come forward to support the hospital in keeping its promise of bringing in world-class cancer treatment to patients across eastern India.

Speaking on the occasion, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India,said, "Cancer is a threat to our very existence today, with more people coming under the vicious grip of the disease each day. We must all come forward and provide our unstinting support to help noble organisations like Tata Medical Center in this battle. Tata Medical Centre is dedicated to providing world-class cancer treatment facilities tothe common man. We are extremely honouredto be able to be a part of this cause."

Commenting at the occasion Dr. V. R. Ramanan, Deputy Director, Tata Medical Center, said, "Tata Medical Center was opened in Kolkata 3 years ago with the mandate to provide world-class cancer treatment to the populace of Eastern and North Eastern India, and neighbouring countries. With the addition of this new PET-CT machine (the Hospital already has one PET-CT machine) - which is often regarded as the 'one-stop-imaging' choice for several cancers by doctors worldwide, we hope to have a better chance to detect cancer in its early stages and provide better treatment."

Dr. Ramanan said that, "We hope more corporate houses across India will come forth to support the cause. While we are getting support from several quarters and many choose to remain anonymous, we would welcome any help. Cancer is such a costly disease and we would appeal to more people and organizations to come forward."

Till date, Tata Medical Center has treated nearly 30,000 new patients, 12,000 of them as in-patients.

(Posted on 07-03-2014)

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