The Hindu / Rasheed Kappan
- The Institute for Aerospace Medicine has
developed a non-invasive procedure to treat cancer
- Surgeries failed to improve Doddananjaiah's
- The technique was started after he underwent two
cycles of chemotherapy
- In this technique, electromagnetic beams are
used to degenerate cancerous cells
Bangalore, Sep 28: Police constable
Doddananjaiah's life turned upside when he was diagnosed with
a tumour in his pancreas in August 2003. At that time he was
down with jaundice, and the discovery of his ailment triggered
a mountain of problems. Suffering with pain, Doddananjaiah
tried Ayurvedic treatment and when that failed, he got himself
admitted to a hospital where doctors suggested surgery to
remove the tumour. Doddananjaiah had no choice but to start
chemotherapy. He had to undergo five cycles of chemotherapy at
Rs. 36,000 a cycle.
After two cycles of chemotherapy someone told him about the
Rotational Field Quantum Magnetic Resonance (RFQMR), a
path-breaking, non-invasive technique developed by researchers
at the city-based Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) and
the Centre for Advanced Research and Development (CARD), to
treat terminally ill cancer patients.
Driven by this ray of hope, Doddananjaiah approached the
doctors at IAM in January this year. Nine months later, he has
a reason to thank himself for his decision. The constable is
back on duty as the growth of the tumour has been arrested.
"When he came here his condition was deteriorating.
CT scan showed that the tumour mass had increased," Wing
Commander V.G. Vasishta, professor and Head of Department of
Radio Diagnosis at IAM told The Hindu . The IAM
researchers had to wait till Doddananjaiah's chemotherapy
cycle was completed.
However, the pain in his abdomen was getting worse.
Eventually, the treatment began and his condition gradually
improved. "Before treatment, the tumour marker read 18.6. It
came down to 13.6. Although not a significant reduction, a CT
scan confirmed the destruction of the tumour," said Mr.
It was a silver lining for the 44-year-old police
constable. Months later, the tumour growth has been completely
Serial CT scans have confirmed that there are no more signs
of growth. RFQMR, the technique that has saved the lives of
over 30 terminally ill patients, has saved one more. For
Doddananjaiah, the fresh lease of life couldn't have come a
day later. Since he stopped going to work in November 2003,
the constable has had to sell his land in Kunigal to raise
funds for his expensive treatment. The RFQMR technique, using
electromagnetic beams through 288 guns focused on the target
area is said to be the first of its kind in the world. The
beams in varying wavelengths can either degenerate
proliferating cells such as cancerous cells or regenerate them
to treat problems such as osteoarthritis.
About 40 per cent of the 77 terminally ill patients who
have undergone the treatment have recovered.
Patients can call 25235991 to get in touch with the RFQMR