Chennai, 5 th April 2019: VS Hospitals today embarked upon a new journey with the launch of VS
Children’s Hospital – Institute of Pediatric Hemato Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant a
dedicated centre to provide the whole gamut of treatments for cancers in children.
The centre was launched by Sri K. Shanmugam IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of
Finance, Government of Tamil Nadu and Sri Dr. D. Karthikeyan IAS, Commissioner – Chennai
Municipal Administration, Government of Tamilnadu, in the presence of Ms Gautami Tadimalla,
Founder – Life Again Foundation and Ms Aparna Guhan Shyam, Founder and Managing Trustee –
Tiara Haemophilia and Cancer Foundation.
Various health indicators and agencies have been observing an upward trend in the incidence of
cancers among children in India. Cancer is the 9 th common cause of death among children
between 5 and 14 years and approximately 45000 children are diagnosed with cancer annually in
our country. As it is in the global scenario, leukaemia and lymphoma are the most prevalent
forms of pediatric cancers in India too. With a booming population that will surpass that of China
by 2024, drastic steps need to be taken to contain this Non Communicable Disease, especially
among children, as they would constitute a major portion of the population.
Speaking on the launch Senior Medical Oncologist, Prof Dr S Subramanian, Chairman and
Managing Director, VS Group of Hospitals said “This unit is one of the first dedicated centers in
India exclusively for pediatric cancer care set up with the mission to provide personalized care for
children who suffer from various forms of cancers. A comprehensive team of Pediatric
Oncologists, Pediatric Surgeons and Radiation Oncologists provide round the clock care for the
children. It is noteworthy that this centre will function in collaboration with International experts
from the London Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Society (LPHOS)”.
“There has been a substantial rise in the incidence of cancer among young children in India.
However it is reassuring that most forms of childhood cancers are completely curable since a
child’s body responds more positively to the treatment than an adult’s would. Early detection is
again the key here. This centre will offer full-fledged Pediatric ICU Care and it is equipped with
high-end diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment. In fact we have setup a dedicated blood
bank to ensure timely availability of quality specialized blood components.” said Dr Aruna
Rajendran, Consultant Pediatric Hemato Oncologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician.
Dr Selva Annamalai, Pediatric Intensive Care Specialist, Harley Street Clinic, London, UK noted,”
In the world of collaborative healthcare, it is imperative that we utilize the vast experience of the
pediatric specialists available in the United Kingdom to work in association with our team to not
only collaborate clinically but provide continuous training to our doctors and healthcare
professionals. In fact this collaboration along with our tie-up with Dr. Lawrence Faulkner (Cure to
Children Foundation) has already helped in significantly improving our treatment outcomes for
the ten Bone Marrow Transplants done so far.
About VS Hospitals:
VS Group of Hospitals started as a mere 30 bedded nursing home in 2004 and has today
transformed into a 175 bedded tertiary care hospital spread over three units in Chennai – a
trusted healthcare provider for not only the people of Chennai but across the country and
beyond. Founded by India’s senior most medical oncologist Dr. S. Subramanian, VS started off as
one of the earliest providers of comprehensive cancer care in this part of the world. Over time,
VS has extended its offerings to include Orthopaedics, Neurosciences, Medical and Surgical
Gastroenterology, Hepato-Biliary, Bariatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery,
Urology (including Transplant services), Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, General
Surgery, Gynaecological Surgery, Emergency Care and Critical Care.
Built on the tenets of patient centricity, VS offers an integrated healthcare delivery system that
provides a collaborative environment for highly skilled and continuously trained healthcare
professionals to utilize state of the art infrastructure, technology and equipment to deliver
affordable healthcare with utmost care and compassion. VS plays an active role in patient
education, preventive healthcare and patient support programs. VS endeavours to make the
world a happier, healthier place to live in. For more information visit www.vshospitals.com