September 10, 2016
KG Foundation here today conferred the ‘Dynamic Doctor of Excellence of the Decade Award’ on Dr. Manish Agarwal, Consultant Orthopaedic Oncologist of P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai.
The Foundation chairman Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam handed over the citation to Dr. Agarwal, who has been identified as the exemplary personality to be honored with the award and excelled in the little known but evolving medical field called “orthopedic oncology.”
In his address, Dr. Agarwal said that most people had never heard of bone cancer and because of its rarity not much attention was paid to the serious health issue. “Mostly young people in the age group of 10 to 25 years develop sarcoma which generally grows faster in the knee area. Before the invention of modern implants, the only cure offered was amputation of the affected limb,” he said adding that his focus was on salvaging the limbs and not amputation.
As the imported implants were costing a fortune and priced at about Rs. 4 lakh, he along with engineers worked on manufacturing indigenised implants with the locally available technology, he said.
With government funding he could succeed in evolving indigenised implants that cost about Rs.1 lakh, thus making it affordable and improving the quality of life of patients, Dr. Agarwal added.