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Dr. Manjari Shah talks about DNB Radiotherapy and Max Hospital,Vaishali

Please note : Pushpanjali Crosslay hospital is Now Max Hospital, Vaishali. 

Radiotherapy (Radiation oncology) is a fully fledged clinical branch, a blend of clinical medicine, radiology and oncology, a very evolving and interesting branch. You will see patients on OPD basis, admit them in wards as radiation treatment for cancer takes 6-8 weeks and manage their complications. Many radiation oncologists also practice chemotherapy so you would be giving chemo as well and also managing its complications. In our hospital we see patients of medical oncology, surgical oncology, gynec oncology and but obvious radiation oncology. We are exposed to all emergencies in oncology i.e. one resident is always on call in oncology to look after all emergencies. Overall it’s a good branch but the only disadvantage is that u can’t practice at home and the scope is good in metro cities like Delhi Mumbai etc. The best thing in this branch is that you will always have a sense of satisfaction. People always say that there is risk of radiation exposure in this branch but its not true, we dont really go in the technicians zone, and even if we do we have something called as a " Thermolumiscence Dosimeter " to measure our radiation exposure : 

Here in Max hospital Vaishali there are 2 seats of primary DNB in Radiotherapy which comes in November session and no seats vacant in radiotherapy at present. All machines are up-to-date; we have LINAC, HDR brachytherapy, Stereotactic radio surgery, Stereotactic radiotherapy. You won’t get these machines at a government college with MD radiotherapy course and this is where we are at advantage. Most of the government hospitals except RCC’s (regional cancer centres) don’t have a LINAC unit and run on an outdated cobalt machine. We do have lectures by senior as well as junior consultant and we have monthly seminar and case presentation, patient load is also very good as some of the big hospitals in Delhi NCR still lack this specialty which makes this branch look even more promising. All big hospitals are planning to set up this branch so there will be ample job opportunities in the future. Just like 30 years back nobody wanted Radio diagnosis but now it’s the most sought after branch, radiotherapy is the thing of the future. Apart from Radiotherapy, Pushpanjali also has DNB seats in Anaesthesia, Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery and family medicine which will come in July session. Stipend is 55k, 47k, and 60k.

On long term after your life gets settled it’s a very cool branch with very good money, patient interaction and recognition as a cancer specialist as around 60 to 70 percent cancers require radiotherapy during their course of illness. Regarding satisfaction, yes there is high mortality but in early cases cure rate is high and the satisfaction you receive when you cure them and tell “you are cancer free” it feels like a huge achievement.

Dr.Manjari Shah

DNB Resident, Dept Of Radiotherapy

Max Hospital,Vaishali,Ghaziabad

DISCLAIMER :  This information is for Guiding DNB /MD Aspirants only. This is not a review of Overall Patient care in These hospitals which may not be affected by what is being discussed here. The Information Provided here cannot be used for any other purpose or to asses the patient care in these hospitals. This is just a review of a postgraduate course running in the mentioned hospital and is meant for guiding medical aspirants only.

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