The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee has cleared the proposal of setting up an advanced radiation therapy centre at Cama and Albless hospital.
Cama and Albless, the only children and women hospital in the city, is a grade-II heritage structure and hence needed permission from the committee.
“We have given them the nod, but had asked to make a few changes in the plan keeping in mind the heritage status if the building,” said Dinesh Afzulpur-kar, committee chairman.
Dr T.P. Lahane, dean of JJ Group of Hospitals, said Cama would be the first government hospital in the city to have the linear accelerator machine, which is used to give targeted radiation therapy to cancer patients.
“We are looking at getting the machine at JJ Hospital, too, in the future,” he said, adding that Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora has promised funds for it.
The proposal was cleared in the committee meeting last week.
Cama Hospital had received a grant of Rs 32 crore for setting up the cancer treatment centre for women, a part of which has come from sitting MP Milind Deora and some part will be given by the state.
“A two-storey structure will be built in the Cama Hospital campus to house the cancer centre,” said Shobna Tehra, superintendent of Cama hospital.
The state-of-the-art machine will be kept in a special room as it emits high level of radiation.
Lead beams will be fitted in the walls of the room so the radiation does not reach outside.
The hospital has a Cobalt unit, which has a few drawbacks — radiations are constantly emitted from the unit and chances of damaging the normal surrounding tissues are also high.
The linear accelerator, which will be installed in the centre delivers high energy x-rays to the patient’s tumour. It destroys the cancer cells but spares the normal tissue surrounding it.
“The set up should be ready within a year,” said Dr Lahane.