Cell culture facility in Hyderabad soon

Cell culture facility in Hyderabad soon

The capital city of Andhra Pradesh will have exclusive cancer hospital with a sophisticated research facility to work on personalised cancer treatment at molecular-level.

“This facility will work on cell culture from sources such as umbilical chords, placenta and bone marrow in order to curb the deadly disease. It is in addition to our regular work to fight against the menace,” said Nandamuri Balakrishna, Chairman of the Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute.

Nandamuri Balakrishna is also the son of late actor-politician N T Rama Rao. The research wing of the hospital will be headed by Dr V V T S Prasad and is partly funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which has joined hands with the Ccntre to fight the disease.

“We have facilities here to grow cells and tissue in vivo, which is inside the patients’ body, taking treatment of cancer to personal level,” Prasad said.

He added that the focus will be on Indian patients and the disease indigenous to the country.

Need for further studies

“As few cells dodge anti-cancer treatment, giving rise to resistant tumors, hence it’s imperative to understand their structure and encourage those that help cure the cancerous cells. We know that chances of curing never crossed 60 per cent due to the nature of these cell. Hence its important that we look much deeper at the molecular level,” Dr T Subramanyeswara Rao, Medical Director of the hospital said.