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10,000th patient of RapidArc radiotherapy revisits hospital after six years

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Hyderabad: It was an emotional moment for Nivedita Rajasekhar a young cancer survivor who visited Yashoda Hospitals after six years for a check up. Diagnosed with medulloblastoma at the tender age of 3 years in 2015, she was treated and has now fully recovered. She was the 10,000th patient for RapidArc radiotherapy at Yashoda Hospitals in 2015, and underwent cranio-spinal irradiation for the medulloblastoma. Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, the first center in India to offer Varian’s RapidArc® technology.

Frequent paediatric malignant tumor of the central nervous system and mainly affects young people, with about half of the cases occurring in children under 5 years.

The clinical team were delighted with the positive outcome. Nivedita’s father recalls that Nivedita recovered well from her treatment and was running around ecstatic like any other three-year-old within a few months from her treatment. According to the hospital authorities, the enhanced speed and precision of this technology enabled many other cancer patients like Nivedita to be treated, without the anticipation of waiting lists. Till recetntly in 2021, Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad have treated more than 20,000 patients by Rapidarc Technology.

As an excited eight year old, she loves to sing and play with her parents and younger brother, her favourite colour is yellow. Now free of the disease and full of life, she says “I am thankful to all the doctors who treated me when I was younger. I’m thriving and am excited about the bright future ahead of me.”

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