Cancer treatment will be a little more affordable from 2019 as India’s biggest cyclotron facility will be situated in Kolkata. A Cyclone-30 machine will be here too, which has an export potential for germanium-68 and palladium-103 isotopes; it will be used to diagnose breast cancer and treat prostate cancer. It will be situated in Kolkata at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
This facility will make the radioisotopes more affordable and available for the cancer patients across the country. Radioisotopes are imported to India presently and some are produced at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) situated in Mumbai. The facility in Kolkata will be fully operational from 2019.