Bengaluru: Aster Hospitals Bangalore, a unit of Aster DM Healthcare has launched an institute of oncology under the banner - Aster International Institute of Oncology (AIIO) today. This newly launched institute will be the centre of excellence in the treatment of all cancers under a single roof. The state-of-the-art institute was launched by Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare in the presence of Prof. Dr. Somashekhar S P, Chairman of Medical Advisory Board and Global Director of Aster International Institute of Oncology, Aster DM Healthcare - India & GCC and Dr. Nitish Shetty, Regional Director, Karnataka & Maharashtra, Aster DM Healthcare.

AIIO will provide comprehensive cancer care services to all, which includes Surgical Oncology, Ortho Onco, GynecOnco, Uro-onco, Robotics, SLNB, HIPEC, PIPAC, Breast Oncoplasty, Intraoperative Radiotherpy, MicrovascularAdvanced Plastic Surgery, Lymphoedema Clinic, Medical Oncology, Haematology, Haemato-Oncology, Stem Cell and Bone Marrow, Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Therapy center, Oncopathology, Oncogenetics, Pain and Palliative, Hospice Care, Intervention Radiology, Intervention GI, Pulmonology, Nephro, Cardiac, ICU.

Commenting on the need to establish a comprehensive cancer care institute in India, Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare, said “Cancer is emerging as major public health problems in India. On an average, more than 1,300 Indians succumb to the dreadful disease every day. There is a need for specialised infrastructure and expertise in the treatment of cancer. Keeping this in mind, we have launched Aster International Institute of Oncology, which will be spearheaded by Prof. Dr. Somashekhar S P. It is a centre of excellence for Cancer Care and Robotic Surgery, offering the entire range of oncology-related services, backed by an experienced team of doctors, cutting-edge technologies, and the latest innovations in cancer care.”

Speaking on the launch, Prof. Dr. Somashekhar S P, Chairman of Medical Advisory Board and Global Director of Aster International Institute of Oncology, Aster DM Healthcare, India & GCC, said, “The idea is to establish AIIO as the number one cancer care institute in India, and soon to be in the top 5 globally. All centres will have robots, hi-tech dedicated machines, intra-operative radio therapy, state-of-the-art medical equipment. We are also partnering with top universities in the world for the research and development purposes. We are establishing training and fellowship programs in affiliation with Rajiv Gandhi University or any recognized university and offering DrNB Oncology programme. AIIO will be the exclusive research wing and for clinical trials.”

“Based on the cancer registry data, it is estimated that there will be about 8,00,000 new cancer cases in India every year. At any given point, there is likely to be 3 times this load, about 2,40,000 cases. There is an urgent need for utilization of advanced imaging diagnostics, which detect earlier stages of cancer and/or more indolent forms of cancer. With an aim to address this, we are launching Aster International Institute of Oncology. The launch will be in a phase manner. Firstly, we are concentrating in Bangalore, which will cover the whole of Karnataka soon, then Kerala and later spread out to all over India. All centres will be integrated together and will follow the same protocol in the treatment of cancer”, said, Dr. Nitish Shetty, Regional Director - Karnataka & Maharashtra, Aster DM Healthcare. 

Concluding the event, Mr. S Ramesh Kumar, CEO - Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore, said “We are happy to launch this new oncology institute which is on par with international standards. It will be a great benefit for patients in Bangalore and across the state. We need more institutions like ours to be able to reach out to maximum number of patients.”

About Aster DM Healthcare

Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in GCC and in India. With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence, we are one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary healthcare through our 27 hospitals, 118 clinics, 323 pharmacies and 66 labs & patient experience centres in seven countries, including India. We have over 24,350 plus dedicated staff including 3,110 doctors and 7,063 nurses across the geographies that we are present in, delivering a simple yet strong promise to our different stakeholders: "We'll treat you well." We reach out to all economic segments in the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services across the "Aster", "Medcare" and "Access" brands.

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Mumbai: Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder, and editor-in-chief of The News Minute, has been honored with the 2022 National RedInk Award for 'Journalist of the Year' by the Mumbai Press Club. She received this recognition for leading her team in exposing the tampering of voter data in Karnataka ahead of the 2023 Assembly elections. Independent journalist Sharad Vyas has also been awarded the 'Journalist of the Year.'

The Journalist of the Year Award, an accolade for outstanding journalism in 2022, is a key component of the Redink Awards for Excellence in Journalism, instituted by the Mumbai Press Club 12 years ago. Past recipients include prominent journalists like Srinivasan Jain of NDTV 24X7, Ravish Kumar of NDTV India, Raj Kamal Jha of Indian Express, Faye D’Souza of Mirror Now, and the late Danish Siddiqui of Reuters.

The Mumbai Press Club stated, “Dhanya led a team of journalists who did a series of investigations during the Karnataka elections that confirmed what had been suspected all along – that the election process in India is not always free and fair.”

In November 2022, Dhanya spearheaded The News Minute’s investigation into electoral data fraud in Karnataka, uncovering malpractices ahead of the 2023 elections. The investigation prompted the Election Commission to order a review of voter lists in three constituencies in Bengaluru and led to the arrest of Krishnappa Ravikumar, the director of Chilume, the NGO behind the voter data fraud. Subsequently, the local government prohibited private organizations from collecting voter data.

The Mumbai Press Club’s statement noted, “The investigation uncovered a working prototype of how the electioneering process can be tampered with and then illustrated it through one constituency in Bengaluru to show how voter data was being manipulated.”

Dhanya, with over 20 years of journalism experience, has covered significant and overlooked news stories from South India throughout her career. Her focus on women’s rights, child sexual abuse, politics and elections, climate disasters, and human rights has garnered attention for several important stories at a national level.

Co-recipient of the 'Journalist of the Year' award, Sharad Vyas, "unearthed and published how the Indian Government's Intelligence Bureau imported the spy software Pegasus from an Israeli company, which had been officially denied all along."

Veteran journalist, columnist, and author Neerja Chowdhury received the RedInk 'Lifetime Achievement' award "for her contribution of over four decades as a reporter and analyst of political affairs and government."

The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai on Saturday, December 2, where the honors were presented by Swantatra Senani GG Parikh and former Additional Solicitor General of India Indira Jaising.