Health City Cayman Islands is adding a multimillion-dollar, comprehensive cancer treatment center at its existing facility in East End.

Narayana Health, which set up the hospital, expects the new facility will be completed by December 2019.

Dr. Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, the vice chairman, managing director and group chief executive officer of Narayana Health, announced that the cancer treatment center will be housed in a new purpose-built building. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in September.

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The facility will include accommodations for overseas patients and all-inclusive cancer care. It is billed as the first comprehensive cancer-care center in the Caribbean. It will be capable of providing medical and surgical oncology and radiation, and it will also offer bone marrow transplant services.

“Once again,” Dr. Raghuvanshi said, “Narayana Health and Health City Cayman Islands will bring medical advancement to the region, while fulfilling a vital need in the Caribbean’s healthcare landscape.”

Health City presently has a medical oncology facility with a five-bed chemotherapy unit for day care.

Health City Clinical Director Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil said in a press release that the new cancer treatment facility will work in concert with the Cayman Island Health Services Authority and with private physicians.

“Health City Cayman Islands continues to follow our mission to transform the delivery of healthcare in the Caribbean and beyond,” Dr. Chattuparambil said. “As we expand our oncology services, we are committed to remaining on the forefront of medical innovation, while maintaining our patient-centric focus on providing high quality, compassionate and affordable care.”

Victoria Gray, the education officer and volunteer coordinator at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, said that the new facility should make a big difference in the lives of Cayman patients.

“That is awesome news. It will benefit the country,” she said about the new treatment center.

“It will reduce the amount of money patients have to pay for treatment overseas. Funds we would channel into buying patients tickets and paying for hotels will be reduced.”

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  1. For whom the Doomsday Clock tolls?
    First, we rob people of beaches,the only place where a human body truly regenerates and repairs itself.
    Then we pave parks and open spaces.
    Then we expand roads to nowhere forgetting about sidewalks and bike trails.
    Then we bring 2.1mil. visitors and force 55k residents to live with the stress it creates.
    Then we block the sea and sun with high-rises, further eliminating mind soothing vistas.
    Then we build many condos with its never ending cacophony of power blowers and hedge trimmers.
    Then we build incinerators.
    Then we build cancer centers.
    Crematoriums are next.
    End of the life circle in the Cayman Islands.
    Don’t you miss “the islands time forgot?”

    A question. How new cancer center would eliminate its hazardous waste? Its radioactive waste? Where chemotherapy products that leave a body would end up? How human waste during Chemotherapy treatment would be handled? Is there a protocol in place? Laws and regulations? A special sewer filtering system is part of the new construction design? Where filtered chemical would then go?

    “Recent research has discovered that chemotherapy drugs can survive wastewater treatment systems and are being found in surface water, the source of drinking water. This is a major concern because drinking water with low levels of chemotherapy drugs could cause damage to the most vulnerable members of our society – the unborn, babies and children.”

  2. Residents of Grand Cayman should be very concerned.

    “…. secondhand chemotherapy is especially dangerous to unborn babies and young children, whose systems are particularly vulnerable because of their fast-developing cells. …….. still-active chemotherapy drugs are being found in the urine, feces, and vomit of cancer patients and making their way into the environment through sewage system”

    Secondhand chemo
    https://commonwealthmagazine.org/health-care/003-secondhand-chemo/

    Chemo drugs pose serious public health risks
    https://www.ecori.org/public-safety/2012/11/19/chemo-drugs-pose-serious-public-health-risks.html

    Chemotherapy drugs and environment https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/news/feature-side-effects-chemotherapy-drugs-and-environment

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