About the Department

The department of Radiotherapy at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, was the second center in Karnataka to offer dedicated treatment facilities for oncology when it was established in 1974. In 1992, with the philanthropic support from the Shamdasani foundation for care of cancer patients, Shirdi Saibaba Cancer Hospital was established, and the department was one of the earliest centers in the state to acquire a Linear accelerator. It was also among the earliest centers in the country to implement High Dose Rate brachytherapy.

Presently the department has teletherapy equipment with ability to deliver treatment techniques ranging from conventional and 3D-Conformal Radiotherapy to highly complex treatment techniques such as Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) and Stereotaxic radiotherapy with facility for respiratory gating and image guidance (IGRT). It also has a High-dose-rate brachytherapy machine, and routinely delivers 3D Image Guided brachytherapy. Our department treats more than a thousand patients each year with radiotherapy.

The department has a well-established postgraduate program in Radiation Oncology (MDRT) since 1976, with its alumni spread across the globe. It has an intake of two residents each year, and has an optimum number of patients to provide the best of both clinical exposure and academic endeavors. The department works in close collaboration with other disciplines including specialties of Medical and Surgical Oncology and Palliative medicine, thereby providing a rich academic and clinical experience for the student interested in Oncology. 



Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Vijayananda Kundapur

Staff Radiation Oncologist and Clinical Professor,

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Cancer Centre, Canada.





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PhD Awarded/Ongoing

List of current PhD students and PhD awarded by department

Sl no

Candidate name



Rechal Nisha D Souza



Janet Jaison Varghese

(in collaboration with Dept of Speech and Hearing, MCHP)



Shree Kripa



Shalini G Nayak

(in collaboration with Dept of Medical Surgical Nursing, MCON)



Mr.Tarun Gangil




(in collaboration with Dept of Child Health Nursing, MCON)



Mr.Stephen R

(in collaboration with Dept. of Physiotherapy, MCHP)




(in collaboration with Dept of Community Heath Nursing, MCON)






Services Offered

Delivery of quality radiotherapy requires sophisticated equipment, and in this regard, our department is well-equipped with advanced machinery with capabilities of delivering a range of treatment techniques. Ionizing radiation is typically delivered in two different but complementary forms- teletherapy and brachytherapy.

Teletherapy facilities:

Our department is equipped with a Versa HD linear accelerator (Elekta Inc.) with the ability to deliver treatments ranging from simple to very complex techniques including stereotaxy. The department routinely makes use of all the following treatment techniques:

1.      Basic radiotherapy techniques including manual planning, simulator-based planning, electron beam radiotherapy planning and 3D-Conformal radiotherapy. These are typically used in palliation.

2.      Advanced external beam radiotherapy techniques: Intensity Modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) with Image Guidance (IGRT). Such treatment is used for nearly all head and neck cancers, and selected cancers of the pelvic and abdomino-thoracic tumors.

3. Stereotactic radiation (including SRS and SBRT): These are advanced radiation techniques delivering very high doses of highly focused radiation to small tumors. The department frequently treats selected patients with brain, liver, selected gastrointestinal and metastatic tumors with SBRT.

4.      Advanced patient immobilization techniques, including implementation of Deep Inspiratory Breath Hold (DIBH) techniques and non-invasive frame based cranial stereotaxy: these are necessary for treatment demanding high accuracy, and are used in patients receiving high-precision treatments.


Brachytherapy is a technique that involves placing the radiation source within the patient’s tumor in order to deliver very doses to it, while at the same time substantially reducing the normal tissue exposure. The department has a Gammamed Iridium-192 based High Dose Rate brachytherapy machine

1.      Intracavitary brachytherapy with Image guided adaptation is the most common form of brachytherapy, employed most frequently for gynecological cancers.

2.      Interstitial brachytherapy for gynecological and non-gynecological cancers, including routine use of multicatheter based Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI).

3.      Facilities for Intraluminal brachytherapy and surface mold therapies for esophageal and bile-duct cancers, and for skin cancers, respectively.






Ongoing projects


Sl No

Title of the grant

Granting agency

Principal Investigator

Duration of the project



Effect of prophylactic intervention on functional swallowing in radiation induced dysphagia for patients with head and neck cancer


Ms. Janet J Varghese

3 years (started on




Establishing diagnostic reference levels and optimization of radiation dose for Head & Neck and pelvic computed tomography protocols in radiation therapy planning.


Ms. Shreekripa

4 years (started on 30.01.2019)



Development of an analytics algorithm to predict clinical outcomes of Head and Neck cancer using Clinical features and Radiomics

Philips Innovation Campus, Bangalore

Mr. Tarun Gangil






Impact of COVID-19 on cancer care in India: a cohort study.  The Lancet Oncology, 2021;22(7):970–976.


Distress Screening in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Planned for Cancer-Directed Radiotherapy. Laryngoscope 2021.

ZNF471 modulates EMT and functions as methylation regulated tumor suppressor with diagnostic and prognostic significance in cervical cancer. Cell Biology and Toxicology, 2021


Swallowing outcomes post volumetric modulated arc therapy for head and neck cancer patients using MD Anderson dysphagia inventory: An institutional experience. International Journal of Cancer Management 2020;13(4):e97922.


Prognostic role of 14q32.31 miRNA cluster in various carcinomas: a systematic review and meta-analysis: Clinical and Experimental Metastasis, 2020;37(1):31–46.





The department was awarded the Shastri Indo-Canadian grant for conduct of online lecture series, and conducted a Lecture series on “Practice of Oncology beyond the pandemic: what can be adapted, and what cannot,” in collaboration with the researchers from Cancer Care Manitoba, Canada, on 20-21 February 2021.


Dr. Shirley Salins was awarded the AROI fellowship for the year 2018-19 in the age group of 30-35 years.

Dr. Shirley Salins was selected for Clinical Research fellowship in GI and Lung cancer at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Canada for a period of one year from May 01, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

Dr.Nijo Jose & Dr. Patil Nikunj Rajiv, postgraduates, won first prize in Quiz competition at the CME on Colorectal Cancers organized by Dept.Of Surgical Oncology, KMC, Manipal held on 20th March 2021.

Dr. Nijo Jose won the second prize for poster presentation at the 9th Annual Conference of Indian Brachytherapy society IBSCON at Father Muller Hoospital, Mangalore.





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Contact Us

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Email                : radiotherapy.kmc@manipal.edu

Phone number  : +91- 820- 2922456