India’s Moon Man, Vande Bharat Innovator to deliver Inaugural Illuminate Address, Joint Initiative by L&T Technology Services and The National Institute of Engineering

Bangalore, February 8, 2023: Illuminate, a joint initiative by L&T Technology Services (LTTS) and The National Institute of Engineering (NIE), is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the Karnataka State Open University Convocation Hall from 10.30 AM onwards. The event, a first-of-its-kind initiative by the leading global ER&D major and the premier engineering institute in Mysuru, will focus on nurturing engineering excellence among young students, engineering professionals, and the wider audience.

Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai, Padma Shri awardee popularly known as the ‘Moon Man of India,’ and Shri Sudhanshu Mani, the innovator of the Vande Bharat Express, are scheduled to be the lead speakers at the inaugural edition. Illuminate will focus on shedding new light on exciting engineering scenarios, and is visualized as a shared platform for gathering, highlighting, and showcasing technical insights from some of the leading practitioners who are reshaping the global engineering landscape.

The National Institute of Engineering is ranked amongst the top engineering colleges in India. It has established 14 Centres of Excellence (CoE) in collaboration with the industry and alumni to enrich research and consultancy activities to make the course curriculum more meaningful with contemporary teaching methods. In its inaugural edition, Illuminate will be a collaboration between LTTS, a bellwether in engineering services, and NIE to foster the spirit of excellence that seeks to bring forth modern engineering advancements and provide a perspective from the industry and academia. This is a joint platform for sharing technical know-how, and expertise from some of the leading practitioners who are reshaping the global engineering landscape.

Abhishek Sinha, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, L&T Technology Services said, “India has been redefining the global landscape with big-ticket infrastructure and development initiatives for the welfare of its citizens. Engineering is a key enabler for these transformative initiatives. Through our Illuminate series, we aim to draw home inspiring stories of grit and brilliance from the best engineering minds in India”.

Dr. Ganesh Prasad, Vice Principal, NIE commented, “Aspiring engineers need to gain exposure in form of such knowledge series from industry stalwarts. The Illuminate series, in association with LTTS, helps establish direct industry-academia connections and ensures knowledge transfer in an informal setting. It is an honor to host Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai and Sudhanshu Mani, and we look forward to more similar opportunities in the future.”

Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai is engaged with Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST) as Vice President. He is credited with driving Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan, India’s venture to the Moon and Mars, respectively. He is an internationally acclaimed scientist with a career spanning over 36 years.

Sudhanshu Mani, the designing brain behind the recently rolled out Vande Bharat Express, was instrumental in ensuring delivery within a short duration of about 18 months. He has had an illustrious career of 38 years with Indian Railways.

Illuminate will be attended in person by a large section of people including scientists, engineers, industry leaders, government officials, academia, students, and journalists.

Shell Lubricants launches Shell Helix HX8 0W-20 in collaboration with MARVEL Heroes Unite

India, February 08, 2023 – Shell, the world leader in finished lubricants, has announced the newest addition to its passenger car motor oils portfolio – Shell Helix SP HX8 0W-20. This fully synthetic, BS VI-compliant, engine oil designed for modern turbocharged engines is being launched in an exciting collaboration between Shell and MARVEL Heroes Unite.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Amit Ghugre, Automotive Sales and Marketing Manager, at Shell Lubricants India, said, “As the world’s leading lubricant supplier, we create future-ready products and solutions. We expect the Helix SP HX8 0W-20 segment to become consumers’ primary choice in the next few years, based on both OEM recommendations and a need for more fuel-efficient lubricants. With this product launch, we are strategically investing in future demand creation, while bringing an exciting consumer brand collaboration with Marvel to the consumers”.

Driven by the need of fuel economy, lower emissions, and changes in engine design, modern cars need exceptional engine oil. Shell Helix HX8 SP 0W-20 is formulated with Flexi Molecule Technology that continuously adapts to engine conditions, to ensure more protection. Shell Helix HX8 SP 0W-20 is specially designed for modern turbocharged petrol direct injection (TGDI) engines to protect against damaging low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI).

Shell Helix HX8 SP 0W-20 has been introduced in India with the latest API engine oil standard for passenger car motor oils that aim to meet the demanding needs of turbocharged petrol direct injection (TGDI) engines, the use of which is increasing because of the need to reduce environmental pollution and fuel use.

The collaboration offers motorists a chance to win exclusive MARVEL prizes* on the purchase of every 3L and 3.5L Shell Helix HX8 0W-20 packs across the nearest Shell branded workshop or retail outlet. Shell Helix HX8 is available nationwide at MRP INR 2730 for a 3.5L pack.

*T&C Apply, please visit – www.shell.in/shellhelixhx8promo to know more.

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IGP.com deploys Unicommerce to manage its growing scale of personalized orders

New Delhi/Mumbai, February 08, 2023:

SaaS platform Unicommerce which provides integrated solutions for post-purchase experience management has announced its association with IGP, India’s largest multi-category gifting company with customers spanning 100+ countries and the capability to deliver gifts to over 150 countries and 1000+ cities in India.

With rapidly growing operations, IGP.com was seeking a state-of-the-art technology solution to strengthen and automate its supply chain and expedite the delivery of gifts to its consumers. This is where Unicommerce stepped in and developed an advanced order management and warehouse management solution to simplify the complex process of managing a wide range of gifting orders, including customised products. Unicommerce has enhanced the capabilities of its SaaS platform to offer a Pigeonhole sorting process to meet the scale and complexity of personalised merchandise businesses. This makes it best suited for companies like IGP with its growing business of customised gifting options.

Given IGP’s expansive collection of personalized gifting options and the company’s plan to be the largest and most preferred destination for all special purchases in the next 3 years, IGP has deployed Unicommerce’s order management and warehouse management solution to simplify its supply chain processes and streamline logistics by implementing a centralised technology system. The company is processing thousands of orders daily through its two warehouses located in Jaipur and Mumbai and several dark stores across India.

Unicommerce’s technology platform has enabled IGP to ensure process automation and a fully paperless operation, leading to increased business efficiencies and error-free deliveries. The company will be able to sort and process each order based on the inputs shared by the consumers, thus offering a distinctive experience to the users as per their preferences. The warehouse management solution helps integrate all warehouses on a single platform and offers custom-based warehouse allocation, with full visibility of stock movement, including returns.

Regarding the partnership, Kapil Makhija, CEO, Unicommerce, said, “As one of India’s largest multi-category gifting companies, IGP presented to us an opportunity to manage both great scale and the immense complexity of managing personalised orders. We are delighted to partner with IGP and provide them with a state-of-the-art SaaS platform to support their growth journey “

Speaking on the partnership, Tarun Joshi, Founder & CEO, of IGP, said, “Being in the business of gifting and festive essentials, we have to ensure on-time error-free deliveries, and we also offer personalised gifting, which requires greater attention to detail that leaves no scope for errors. This required a technology that is suited to handle the scale, diversity, and speed of such operations. We are delighted to have Unicommerce as our supply chain technology partner. Their platform will play an instrumental role in enhancing our supply chain operations and adding to the delight of the millions of customers, who entrust us to deliver their sentiments, thoughts, and emotions around the world every day.”

Unicommerce continues to automate supply chain operations for brands across sectors with a robust product portfolio. The Unicommerce platform comes with 200+ hassle-free integrations, including global marketplaces, website platforms, and logistics providers, making it simpler for companies to streamline their operations.

Entropik, AI-powered Integrated Market Research Platform provider, raises $25 million in Series B funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners and SIG Venture Capital

Mumbai, February 8th, 2023: Entropik, a leading AI Powered Integrated Market Research platform provider, has raised $25 million in Series B funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners and SIG Venture Capital. The round also saw participation from Trifecta Capital, Alteria Capital, and long-time existing investor Bharat Innovation Fund.

Entropik has grown ~7x in the last two years, riding on its patented Emotion AI Technologies and driven by its expansion into the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Its unique integrated research platform brings quantitative surveys, qualitative research, an online panel & patented emotion AI technologies under one umbrella, making it a one-stop solution for marketing & product organizations. Over 150+ global brands across finance, media, consumer goods, food & beverage, and entertainment leverage Entropik’s consumer research stack to make better consumer-centric decisions faster and more efficiently.

Ranjan Kumar, Founder & CEO of Entropik, said, “The world is evolving fast, and brands, whose foundation is understanding its consumer preference & behavior, are failing to deliver meaningful experiences. In our mission to enable brands to achieve a robust understanding of its consumer, we are thrilled to have Bessemer Venture Partners and SIG Venture Capital join this journey. The new round also comes as a testament to the rigor and hard work put in by our global team and the trust put by enterprises in our offerings.”

“We are delighted to partner with Ranjan, Lava, Bharat, and the entire team at Entropik Tech, in their mission to create a globally leading Emotion AI platform. We believe the strength of the platform lies in its multi-modal, cross-functional capabilities. We are excited to see the team extend their early lead in the customer research category while continuing to expand into other categories as well.”, said Anant Puri, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners.

Bhavanipratap Rana, Investment Advisor to SIG Venture Capital, said, “Entropik provides a faster and cheaper alternative for businesses to interact and understand customer feedback. In an increasingly digital world, consumer and user insights become core to businesses’ success in cultivating a loyal customer base. Marketers can now measure more accurately and assess consumer feedback with Entropik’s products, like Affect UX, Labs, and Decode. We are excited to invest and support the team at Entropik as they expand into new markets.”

Ashwin Raguraman, Co-founder and Partner, of Bharat Innovation Fund, said, “There is a special feeling when you have been at the start of what is an incredible journey. Entropik has grown tremendously, powered by its DeepTech solutions and a high-quality, continuously evolving team. In enabling brands to improve their customers’ experiences, they are the engine powering how customers interact with their brands better. Their multimodal platform encompassing brainwave mapping, facial coding, and voice tonality is globally unique. We hopped on the Entropik train a while back and are very happy to keep buying a ticket to extend our journey.”

With this latest round of funding, Entropik will continue to disrupt consumer research for global brands and build world-class products out of India, enabling research, marketing, and product teams to move towards a more collaborative, agile, and scalable way to conduct research. They will also focus on expanding their footprint across the US, Europe, and Asian markets.

ACCA Talent Trends survey reveals accountancy talent crunch in India

The world of work has gone through the biggest transformation for over a generation and a new era has begun: 53% in India expect to move roles in the next 12 months, inflation is fuelling wage demands, concerns over burnout are growing, and the adoption of hybrid working has some way to go.

In one of the largest ever studies across the accountancy profession, ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) new annual Global Talent Trends Survey 2023 provides a unique and vital view of how people feel about their life at work.

Over 8000 professional accountants from 148 countries including India were asked about the concerns they held around work in the future as well as aspirations for their careers. The survey also assessed key workplace issues such as employee engagement, well-being, and attitudes to technology adoption.

Our research highlights a talent crunch for employers as they struggle to retain staff with big career mobility ambitions and an eye on their next role. In India, 53% expect to move to their next roles in the next 12 months, and a further 28% over the next two years. Meanwhile, the biggest worry for employees globally is workplace stress, as well as the impact of inflation on salaries.

At a time of significant workforce change and a challenging global economic climate, our survey indicates that a career in accountancy remains a smart choice for those seeking long-term career prospects and possibilities to continually acquire new skills. The opportunity to acquire a professional qualification that affords cross-sectoral and international mobility further adds to the perception that choosing accountancy leads to a career with choices and flexibility. Seven key themes that emerged are:

  1.  The inflation crisis continues to fuel wage pressures and creates retention challenges.
  2.  Hybrid working is a ‘work in progress’ in many countries, but India has adapted fast with 42% of respondents citing they have a hybrid working pattern.
  3.  Addressing burnout has to be a priority with 62% of respondents in India wanting more help from their organizations to manage their mental health.
  4.  Job mobility is driving a possible talent crunch for employers – globally 44% expect to move to their next role in 12 months, rising to 69% over the next two years.
  5.  Technology is now seen to be empowering accountants to add value, but worldwide 42% suggest they feel overwhelmed by the sheer pace of change.
  6.  Inclusion measures highly in India with 75% feeling their organisation culture is inclusive but concerns particularly by younger respondents are expressed on social mobility.
  7.  Accountancy provides career security in turbulent times, with younger people prioritising career development, financial reward, and money rather than broader ambitions to address wider social issues through the jobs they perform.

Jamie Lyon, Head of Skills, Sectors and Technology at ACCA said: “Employers are adapting and experimenting with new ways of working across the workforce. Career development and remuneration are the top two attraction factors to an organisation, yet they’re also the two areas which have most influence on employees’ decisions to leave.”

Md. Sajid Khan, Director – India at ACCA said: “Attracting the next generation of talent to the accountancy profession is vital to healthy economies. ACCA’s inaugural annual talent trends survey ensures the voice of those studying and working in the profession in India is heard, and that the profession helps create a working environment where tomorrow’s talent wants to be.”

Muthoottu Royal Gold launches special Coin edition to celebrate Valentine’s Day- named “Love Bits Coins”

Mumbai, February 08, 2023: Muthoottu Royal Gold the new flagship of Muthoottu M Mathew Group, has announced the launch of its special Limited edition 24ct gold coins – “Love Bits Coins”. Gearing up for the season of love the coins are crafted to win hearts this Valentine’s Day. The launch of “Love Bits Coins” symbolising of Valentine’s Day was inaugurated by Mr Mathew Muthoottu- Managing Director, Muthoot Mini Financiers Ltd (MMFL) & Ms Arlin Anna Philip- Founder, Muthoottu Royal Gold (MRG) in the presence of Ms Nizzy Mathew-Chairperson & Wholetime Director (MMFL), Mr PE Mathai- CEO (MMFL) & Mr Jisson Thomas- AVP (MRG).

Muthoottu Royal Gold has also announced a new range of exquisitely crafted jewellery as a part of the Valentine’s collection. The exquisitely crafted jewellery comprises of exceptional artisans’ cut bangles, hand-crafted shimmering rings, radiant & delicate pendants, and stylish & glitzy studs to form symbols of love. Keeping up with the 2023 current trends, the collection provides a variety of finely crafted refreshing design jewellery crafted in 22K gold.

The special Valentine’s Day edition composes of 24ct gold coins put together with a perfect blend of love, a huge heart, a cupid and a love letter carried by 2 love balloons. The limited edition offers pocket-friendly, 0.5 gm and 1 gm 24ct coins that anyone can gift their loved ones, to express their affection this Valentine’s Day.

Ms Arlin Anna Philip, Founder, of Muthoottu Royal Gold said: “Our exquisite range of hand-crafted jewellery is designed to make this Valentine’s Day truly special for everyone. We believe that our beautifully crafted gold coins and jewellery will make a meaningful and lasting impact on loved ones and make this season of love even more memorable.”

Customers can visit any nearest Muthoottu Mini Financiers Branches to book them today.

Ecom Express celebrates its 10th anniversary; launches Ecom Magnum as end-to-end order fulfilment suite

Gurugram, February 8, 2023 – Ecom Express Limited, one of India’s leading technology-enabled full-stack logistics service providers to the e-commerce industry, today announced the launch of its Warehouse Management Solutions (WMS) and Order Management Solutions (OMS), Ecom Magnum as a service offering for sellersaf

This new SaaS offering is suitable for online sellers seeking order and warehouse management solutions to integrate with e-marketplaces. The scalable, cloud-based WMS system is designed to plug-and-play with integration channels, tracking orders and handling large SKUs and tech-led inbound & outbound processes, resulting in high accuracy and cost efficiencies for sellers.

Ecom Magnum

The feature-rich WMS platform complements and integrates into warehousing and shipping stacks of Ecom Express or can be utilised as a stand-alone solution. Online businesses that utilise the platform can access Ecom Express’ robust network of 60+ fulfilment centres and shipping services across 27000+ PIN codes in India. Most of the company’s fulfilment centres are strategically located sites in proximity to urban centers and beyond. Ecom Fulfilment Services (EFS) is powered with automated warehousing, order management and fulfillment center service and the launch of Ecom Magnum will further establish its position as one-partner logistics solution provider to the e-commerce industry.

K. Satyanarayana, Co-founder & Director, Ecom Express Limited said, “As an industry leader, we are constantly working to bring more value to small and medium sellers in a cost-effective manner, and are proud to bring state-of-the-art WMS and OMS system built on usage experience and learnings from 100K+ sellers who engage with us. With this new platform, we are trying to remove the pain points for small sellers in the standard OMS and WMS available in the market by offering a feature-rich ecosystem. In order to fulfil the orders seamlessly, we provide sellers with a one-stop order-to-deliver set-up resulting in scale, efficiency, and control over both their inventory and customer experience.”

Ecom Express has been actively catalysing towards simplifying the SMB e-commerce companies’ journey. The company recently launched ExpressPlus as air dominant multi-modal logistics solution for faster transit time users in D2C and SMB space. Last year, the company announced that it is in an advanced stage of integration with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) and had launched its easy sign up portal, E-zippie thereby, making the sellers’ journey easy, convenient, and rewarding with 30-minutes onboarding.

Denodo Achieves AWS Data and Analytics ISV Competency Status

New Delhi, February 8, 2022 – Denodo, a leader in data management, today announced that it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Data and Analytics ISV Competency status. Attaining this status differentiates Denodo as an AWS Partner that has successfully demonstrated deep expertise in data integration, management, and delivery of distributed data for business intelligence and advanced analytics for enterprise and medium-sized companies using AWS services.

As cloud adoption continues its rapid climb, driven by pandemic-induced changes in data consumption — users can no longer wait for weeks for data to be delivered. Taking advantage of Denodo’s native connectivity to Amazon Redshift, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon EMR, and Amazon Athena, companies can integrate petabyte-scale data in real time to gain a unified view of the business. The Denodo Platform for AWS accelerates time-to-insight and data services with ready-to-use logical data management powered by data virtualization, accelerating the cloud migration journey.

“Denodo is thrilled to achieve the AWS Data and Analytics ISV Competency status,” said Suresh Chandrasekaran, executive vice president at Denodo. “Our AWS footprint is enormous — hundreds of our customers run the Denodo Platform on AWS, access various AWS services through Denodo, and purchase the Denodo Platform in AWS Marketplace. This competency distinction recognizes the work we have done with AWS over several years.”

A complex data landscape, consisting of cloud data lakes, Internet of things (IoT) architectures, NoSQL, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) fuel the needs of modern hybrid cloud analytics, machine language (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI). However, it can be time-consuming, and at times practically impossible, to explore and understand all of the available data within a company, as has been found in Denodo’s Global Cloud Survey 2022. Denodo’s advanced data catalog can easily document existing datasets and quickly surface them to business users in a self-service manner.

As Jim Mellon, head of Architecture at Syngenta points out, “We brought in the Denodo Platform to build a self-service data platform on AWS for our data consumers. With data spread across different geographical boundaries, leveraging Denodo’s data virtualization solution helped us quickly connect multiple disparate sources at least 4x faster than with traditional data integration technologies and centralized data authorization and protection. Across the enterprise, we have seen a 35x jump in the number of users accessing the data platform, leading to wide adoption of data-driven decision-making.”

The Denodo Platform for AWS is available in AWS Marketplace, and Denodo offers a free trial of Denodo Professional for AWS, for 30 days.

Radio City & Mid-day launch Season 4 of the prestigious Hitlist OTT Awards

India, 08th February 2023: Radio City, India’s leading radio network, along with Mid-day, Mumbai’s leading daily, is back with Season 4 of the most credible ‘Hitlist OTT Awards’. The objective of Hitlist OTT Awards is to acclaim and recognize the game changers of the OTT industry for their innate talent and content innovation. Hitlist OTT Awards debuted in 2020 and became the first egalitarian OTT awards to reward the stalwarts of the industry. Recognized as the original people’s choice awards, the first three seasons were deemed spectacular owing to the overwhelmingly positive response from the audience who showered millions of votes to choose their favorite talent.

Hitlist OTT 2023

India’s OTT sector has become a true game-changer in the entertainment industry and therefore it became essential that its brilliance be recognized. Season 4 of the Hitlist OTT Awards is an endeavor to commemorate the OTT artists who toil diligently to deliver the world’s finest entertainment. The voting lines for the 4th edition of Hitlist OTT Awards will be live from 5th February until 22nd February for audiences to nominate their favorite talent across 16 categories. The digizens can log on to the URL – https://www.radiocity.in/hitlistott available on Radio City and Mid-day’s social media channels to cast their vote (Janta ka faisla). The award finale is scheduled for March 2023 on a virtual platform in the presence of the nominees and prominent personalities from the OTT entertainment world.

The renowned in-house jury to shortlist the nominees consists of Mayank Shekhar, a well-known film critic & Mid-day’s entertainment editor along with Radio City RJ Salil Acharya, India’s recognized star influencer. The 16 categories include Best New Series, Best New Season, Best Adaptation (Book/Series), Best Direct-to-Web Film, Best Actor (Male): Series, Best Actor (Female): Series, Best Supporting Actor (Male): Series, Best Supporting Actor (Female): Series, Best Actor (Male): Film, Best Actor (Female): Film, Best Supporting Actor (Male): Film, Best Supporting Actor (Female): Film, Best Ensemble Cast (Series), Best Non-Fiction, Best Creator/Showrunner, and Top Internet Sensation.

Speaking on the launch of season 4 of Hitlist OTT awards, Mr. Ashit Kukian, Chief Executive Officer, Radio City said, “Against the backdrop of the pandemic, the growth of the OTT industry has resulted in the establishment of a cutting-edge hub for the consumption of exceptional media. The Indian OTT industry is thriving and has become one of the most premium mediums for content consumption with small, medium and large production houses harping on the popularity of OTT platforms to launch films and series. It, therefore, became the prerogative of Radio City and Mid-day to honour and celebrate the innovative content creators and talented artists from the OTT industry through the original and credible Hitlist OTT Awards. We are elated to launch the 4th season of Hitlist OTT awards as the preceding three editions received massive public support in the form of millions of audience votes. We are confident that the 4th edition will be more glorious and glamourous as Hitlist OTT is the most distinctive and plausible people’s choice award that honors the finest talent and content of the Indian OTT platform.”

Hitlist OTT Awards season 4 is being promoted by Radio City & Mid-day on their respective social media platforms along with cross-promotions from OTT actors sharing shoutout videos on their social media handles. Radio City RJs will also build buzz for the awards with features including interviews with the jury, speeches from industry leaders, quizzes and much more. Listeners will also get an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite OTT performers by participating in various contests. Tinsel town is set to take over radio this time around, with prominent OTT actors giving capsuled bytes to the broadcasts to maintain the adrenaline rush and entice listeners. The popular tabloid will also publish engaging interviews of the nominees who will share their journey, insights about the industry, etc.

Advanced cyberknife radiation surgery can completely cure spinal tumors without scars

Dr. Aditya GuptaBy Dr. Aditya Gupta, Director, Neurosurgery and Cyberknife Centre, Agrim institute for neurosciences, Artemis Hospital

Tumors of the spinal cord, due to its hard-to-access locations, pose a major threat to life. And as the tumor grows, it affects the spinal cord, gradually. Depending on the location and the type of tumor, the severity may vary from person to person. The usual symptoms include back pain, loss of sensation especially in legs and arms, difficulty in walking, decrease in body immunity and sensitivity to pain, increase in heat and cold sensitivity, loss of bowel movement control, muscle weakness and paralysis of limbs in extreme cases. Back pain is the early and foremost symptom in both cancerous and noncancerous tumors.

Treatment for spinal tumors remains a challenge in India, due to the reason that only limited technology is available, and also the fact that the spine is sensitive. While surgery is the treatment of choice for such tumors and the prognosis is excellent. Patients show signs of recovery very soon and are able to get back to their normal life quite effectively. With the advanced technology that is available and the advent of the latest cyberknife radiation surgery, treating such complicated tumors has become completely safe and highly effective.

Spinal tumor types

It is the growth of tumour that develops within the bones of spine. It can be Benign or malignant.

There are three common types of tumors that may affect the spinal cord.

  1. Intra-medullary Tumors – It develops in cells that are present within the spinal cord. Examples are Astrocytoma and Ependymoma.
  2. Extra-medullary Tumors – It develops within the supporting network of cells that are around the spinal cord. This type of tumor affects spinal cord function. Examples are Meningiomas, Schwannomas, Neurofibromas.
  3. Vertebral Column Tumors

· Primary Tumors – It occurs in the vertebral column and develops either from the bone or disc of spine. Osteogenic Sarcoma is the bone tumour which comes under this category. These are very rare and grow slowly and typically occur from the age group 21-50.

· Metastatic Tumors – This Tumor spread from one area to another area of the body. The pain is worse and is accompanied by other signs of serious illness such as weight loss, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting.

The growth of any kind of spinal tumor can lead to pain, neurological problems and sometimes, it can be life-threatening and can even cause permanent disability.

In women, spinal tumor spread from cancer cells that originate from breasts or lungs whereas in, in case of Men, it spreads from tumor cells that originate from lungs or prostate.

What are the symptoms?

As the tumor grows, it affects the spinal cord, gradually. Depending on the location and the type of tumor, the severity may vary from person to person. The usual symptoms include back pain, loss of sensation especially in legs and arms, difficulty in walking, decrease in body immunity and sensitivity to pain, increase in heat and cold sensitivity, loss of bowel movement control and muscle weakness. Back pain is the early and the foremost symptom in both cancerous and noncancerous tumors.

Why cyberknife is preferred over other methods of treatment?

Though many other treatment methods may be available for treating spinal tumors but due to the advantage of being totally non-invasive and eliminates the requirement of any kind of anesthetics, cyberknife is a very useful tool saving the patient’s time and helping in better and quicker recovery. Cyberknife radiation surgery is a form of radio surgery that uses precisely targeted radiation to destroy tumors. This system is non-invasive and prevents any kind of blood loss eliminating the need for anesthesia.

Cyberknife radiosurgery is typically not useful in intramedullary tumors (the first type mentioned above) as these are located inside the spinal cord. For extramedullary tumor, Cyberknife is a good option for small tumors that are not causing any compression of the spinal cord, including small residual tumors after surgery. Vertebral column tumors, specially cancer deposits can be successfully treated with Cyberknife unless they are very big, very numerous, or cause spinal cord compression or spinal column instability.

The cyberknife system is unique designed robotic system that delivers high-precision surgical procedures and is flexible in producing radiations is one of the best options for treatment of spinal tumor.