Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd. (CHSL) has announced the appointment of Vidya Jyothi Emeritus Prof. Rohan Jayasekara, immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo, as its Medical Director.
A pioneer in the specialty of human genetics in Sri Lanka, Prof. Jayasekara, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. (N’Cle.U.K) C.Biol. FRSB (Lond.) Hon. FCSSL, Hon. FCOSL, has had an illustrious administrative, teaching and research career spanning 41 years.
Announcing his appointment, CHSL Chairman Mr R. Renganathan said: “Prof. Jayasekara’s knowledge of medicine and his depth of administrative experience will be invaluable to the development of the three centres of excellence owned by Ceylinco Healthcare Services. His expertise in genetics would also be useful to our efforts to identify and help families predisposed to cancer and diabetes to prevent or delay the onset of these diseases through regular screening and healthy lifestyles.”
An Honorary Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka, Prof. Jayasekara was the Chair and Senior Professor of Anatomy and the Founder Director of the Colombo University’s Human Genetics Unit which he established in 1983.
He is a Fellow of the Galton Institute, London; a Chartered Biologist; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, London; a Commonwealth Scholar and a Commonwealth Senior Medical Fellow. In addition, he holds a PhD in Cytogenetics, which he obtained in 1981 while on a Commonwealth Research Scholarship.
Prof. Jayasekara acquired his postdoctoral experience as a Commonwealth Senior Medical Fellow at Guys Hospital London and the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge. He was the recipient of numerous World Health Organisation (WHO) Fellowships and Visiting Scientist grants, with which he received further research experience in Genetics at the Centre for Birth Defects in Alabama, the National University of Singapore, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and at the University of Hong Kong. As a researcher, he has published extensively and is the recipient of the President’s Award for Scientific Publications for the past six years.
His new appointment covers the two Radiation Treatment Centres and the Diabetes Centre operated by Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd.
CHSL’s first Radiation Treatment Unit introduced the Linear Accelerator to Sri Lanka in September 2007 and has treated more than 3,600 patients to date. The Linear Accelerator, and the TomoTherapy unit which followed, represent the most advanced treatment techniques available in Sri Lanka in the sphere of radiation oncology. The only one of its kind in Sri Lanka, the Ceylinco TomoTherapy Centre offers a new dimension in high precision image-guided radiation therapy for the treatment of many forms of cancer, and has to date treated 440 patients.
Besides the two radiation treatment units, Ceylinco Healthcare Services owns and operates the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre, offering comprehensive screening, diagnostic services and medical care.Read more
A comprehensive, literally head-to-toe medical check for diabetes and associated health complications is to be offered at an unbeatable concessionary rate throughout May by the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre to celebrate its 11th anniversary.
Comprising of a series of blood, urine and other diagnostic tests, physical examinations and an assessment by a doctor, the anniversary package also entitles the purchaser to several free checks and discounts, the Centre said.
Offered at a discount of 25 per cent, the package includes medical consultation and a complete physical examination and tests such as Body Mass Index (BMI), Visual Acuity, Fasting Blood Sugar, HbA1C, Full Blood Count, Lipid Profile, Urine Full Report, Urine for Microalbumin, Serum Creatinine & GFR, ECG, SGPT, and a discussion of the reports with a medical officer.
In addition, visitors who obtain the package will receive a free Total Foot Assessment for vascular and neurological complications, an eye test, a dental check-up and a book on diabetes control, and also be entitled to a 40 per cent discount on the purchase of a Glucometer from the Centre.
“It has been established beyond any doubt that diabetes is on the rise in Sri Lanka. The first step in making the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes or to effectively manage the condition, is to have a comprehensive assessment of one’s risk of becoming a diabetic, or, in the case of a diabetic, to check on the degree of control and the progress of complications,” said Dr Charuky Weerasuriya, Chief Medical Officer at the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre. “This package has been carefully designed to make a truly definitive assessment of all these aspects.”
Packages can be obtained by visiting the Centre at Park Street, Colombo 2, on prior appointments made over phone number 0112490290 the Centre said.
Established 11 years ago this May, the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre is a ground-breaking unit of Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd., (CHSL) a subsidiary of Ceylinco Life, the country’s leading life insurer. The Centre is the most advanced stand-alone private facility of its kind in Sri Lanka. CHSL also owns and manages the two of the country’s most advanced private radiation facilities for the treatment of cancer.Read more
Offers multiple improvements in quality of radiation therapy
Ceylinco Healthcare Services Limited (CHSL) has announced the acquisition of a new Linear Accelerator for its Radiation Treatment Centre in Colombo, the pioneer private sector facility of its kind in Sri Lanka.
The company has signed a Purchase Agreement with Varian Medical Systems, a global leader in Radiation Oncology, for the acquisition of the latest Clinac® iX linear accelerator to replace its existing unit, which when commissioned in 2007, was the first linear accelerator in the country.
The new linear accelerator delivers significant improvements in precision and reduced treatment times, enabling the Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre to efficiently deliver wide-ranging radiation therapy treatments including 3D Conformal Radiotherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and MV based Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), and with the future capability of Robotic Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), RapidArc® Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), and stereotactic radiosurgery.
The Clinac iX linear accelerator offers the choice of multiple photon beams and a range of electron beams, and also the future capability of High Intensity Mode facilitating patients to be treated faster with its ability to deliver high dose rates (up to 2,400 MU/min at 10MV High-Intensity mode), maintains better control over patient position with exact and real-time motion tracking capabilities, and keeps the treatment process connected through integration with treatment planning and management software.
Important aspects for patients are the shorter beam times they will be subjected to, better targeting of tumors and by extension, the sparing of healthy tissue, and in some cases, the possibility of a reduced number of treatments.
Commenting on this latest acquisition, CHSL Chairman Mr R. Renganathan said: “Improving patient outcomes in step with advances in technology is a primary responsibility of a healthcare provider. At CHSL, we closely monitor developments in product and process improvements in order to be able to offer our patients the benefit of the latest equipment and techniques, as part of our commitment to help them receive treatment in their own country.”
“Varian Medical Systems has been a pioneer in the field of oncology for more than 60 years, and we are assured that with the arrival of this new and updated linear accelerator, CHSL will be able to further improve the quality of treatment offered at our radiation treatment centre,” he added.
“With this linear accelerator, Ceylinco has the opportunity to provide the people of Sri Lanka with an advanced treatment facility to and redefine the way cancer care is provided in the country,” said Mr. Ashok Kakkar, Sr. Managing Director of Varian in the India Subcontinent.
The Clinac iX linear accelerator features RapidArc® radiotherapy technology that offers the flexibility to shape the beam while controlling the dose rate and the gantry speed for a highly conformed dose; this means that the beam more accurately targets the shape and size of the tumor, while reducing damage to surrounding healthy tissues.
High Intensity Mode delivers X-ray beams without the use of a flattening filter, resulting in high dose rates that are practical for radiosurgery, respiratory-gated or breath-hold treatments.
With more than 7,400 linear accelerators installed around the world, of which nearly 200 are operating in India, Varian Medical Systems has extensive global and regional experience in radiation oncology. The Varian Clinac linear accelerator houses a range of capabilities that not only streamline the treatment process, but also expand possibilities for clinics.
In Sri Lanka, Varian Medical Systems is represented by Technomedics International (Pvt.) Ltd, a specialist in turnkey hospital projects, medical equipment, and surgical consumables. One of the largest medical companies in the country, Technomedics is a multi-billion rupee enterprise with expert service centers covering the regions of Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Batticaloa, and Jaffna.
CHSL’s first Linear Accelerator has treated more than 3,750 patients to date. Besides two radiation treatment units, Ceylinco Healthcare Services owns and operates the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre, offering comprehensive screening, diagnostic services and medical care.Read more
The Ceylinco Diabetes Centre will offer a 25 per cent discount on a comprehensive diabetes screening package as well as a host of other benefits including free tests and gifts throughout May 2014, to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Centre.
Those who obtain the discounted comprehensive diabetes screening package will also receive a free Foot Assessment, free vision assessment test, free Dental Check and a free gift pack, the Centre said.
In addition, they will also have the opportunity to purchase a Glucometer, which is used to test the blood glucose level, at a discount of 40 per cent.
The comprehensive screening package priced at Rs. 4,325 includes a consultation with and a complete physical examination by a doctor, computation of Body Mass Index (BMI), Check for Visual Acuity, Fasting Blood Sugar Test (FBS), HbA1C test, Full Blood Count, Lipid Profile, Urine Full Report, Urine for Micro Albumin test, Serum Creatinine test, GFR, SGPT and an ECG.
The centre will provide those who undergo screening with a detailed report based on the results of the tests. They will also be provided an opportunity to discuss their reports with a doctor at the Centre.
Dr. Charuky Weerasuriya, the Senior Medical Officer at the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre said: “Periodic check ups are an extremely important part of diabetes care. These check ups help patients to assess the quality of their diabetes management and the health of organs which are affected by the condition.”
All tests, consultations and treatment at the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre located at No: 60, Park Street, Colombo 2, take place in a comfortable non-hospital atmosphere. More information can be obtained by calling the Centre on 0112490290.
A highly specialised outpatient clinic for screening, detection and management of diabetes and its complications, the Centre conducts clinics in Diabetology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Vascular and Footcare, Diet and Nutrition. In addition there is an in-house Medical Laboratory and Diabetes shop which offers diabetic medications and other diabetes related products.Read more
To train Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre staff and deliver lecture to Consultant Oncologists
An eminent international expert in radiological physics in the treatment of cancer will be in Sri Lanka from 8th to 12th May to conduct training on Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for local Consultant Oncologists and healthcare professionals at the invitation of Ceylinco Healthcare Services Limited (CHSL).
The visit of Dr Cheng Saw, Director of Medical Physics and Radiation Safety Officer at the Northeast Radiation Oncology Centers (NROC), Dunmore, PA, USA, is linked to CHSL’s recent acquisition of the latest Clinac® iX linear accelerator for its Radiation Treatment Centre in Colombo.
Dr Saw, who has to date made more than 100 educational presentations on complex imaging and radiotherapy technology in India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, is scheduled to deliver a lecture on ‘Future of SBRT & Tomotherapy’ to Sri Lanka’s Consultant Oncologists and healthcare professionals at the Hilton Colombo on Friday 11th May, CHSL announced.
In the days preceding the lecture, the Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre will perform three SBRT procedures for the treatment of brain, lung and liver cancer under Dr Saw’s guidance, enabling the Centre’s staff to receive invaluable training in the latest methods and practices in SBRT.
Commenting on Dr Saw’s visit to Sri Lanka, CHSL Chairman Mr R. Renganathan said: “As the pioneer and private sector leader in state-of-the art radiation oncology, CHSL is committed to bringing not only the latest technology but also the latest knowledge on this complex field to Sri Lanka. We are confident that our medical professionals will greatly appreciate the opportunity to interact with Dr Saw.”
Dr Saw holds a PhD degree in Experimental Low Nuclear Physics from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, and is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics and by the American Board of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology.
The author of the textbook ‘Foundation of Radiological Physics,’ Dr Saw has authored and co-authored over 80 articles, 20 book chapters, five news articles, and over 120 abstracts; has served as the Scientific Peer Review Panel member in various sections of radiation oncology of the Department of Defense, USA, and engaged in five Expert Missions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Ceylinco Healthcare’s new linear accelerator for the treatment of cancer delivers significant improvements in precision and reduced treatment times, enabling the Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Centre to efficiently deliver wide-ranging radiation therapy treatments including 3D Conformal Radiotherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and MV based Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT). It also provides the Centre the future capability of Robotic Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), RapidArc® Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), and stereotactic radiosurgery.
CHSL’s first Linear Accelerator commissioned in 2007 has treated more than 3,750 patients to date. CHSL also pioneered Tomotherapy in Sri Lanka and owns and operates the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre, offering comprehensive screening, diagnostic services and medical care.Read more