Gurugram : As cancer cases are spiralling fast in India, an urgent need for getting act together is called for. Spreading awareness about the disease and early detection are the two targets that need to be set and achieved earnestly. On the day of World Cancer Day, this intent and resolve reverberated in Artemis Hospitals. It was events filled day in hospital campus with all specialists turning up in full force.
Dr. Sunita Godara, Director and Founder Trustee of Health Fitness Trust was the Guest of Honour at the event. She is a 1992 Asian Marathon Champion & 1996 Atlanta Olympics Torch Bearer.
The event witnessed various activities and interactive sessions conducted by the team of Oncology experts of Artemis Hospitals. Dr. Hari Goyal, Chief – Medical Oncology (Unit I), Dr. Pawan K Singh, Head – Haemato Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant – Haemato Oncology, Dr. Deepak Jha, Clinical Lead Breast Surgery & Sr. Consultant Surgical Oncology, Dr. Subodh Chandra Pande, Chief – Radiation Oncology &Co-Chief – Cyberknife Centre, Dr. Ashu Kumar Jain, Head, Pain Medicine & Palliative Care and Dr. Priya Tiwari, Sr. Consultant – Medical Oncology (Unit II) interacted through live webinar sessions on the ‘Myths & Facts about Cancer’. The team of Oncologists highlighted the importance of diagnosis to curtail the needless stress caused due to misconceptions of cancer by analyzing and providing treatment facilities.
Another interactive session threw light on the awareness of spinal deformities and adaptation of regular screening tests as part of their lifestyle.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sunita Godara, the chief guest at the event said: “Fitness is the key to live a healthy and qualitative life. In today’s fast-paced world, people must dedicate some time for fitness and try living healthy life diligently.”
Encouraging the spirit of cancer survivors who battled the gravest disease, the event hosted a symbolic walk with flags. Caregiver journey of cancer survivors and street play was performed to develop attentiveness on breast cancer as a part of a cancer awareness campaign. Other cultural and fun-filled activities like laughter yoga, musical show, and Zumba dance with cancer survivors by the future U were organized. The event also had RWA Representatives Dialogue, Media Interaction, and NGO’s opinion on Cancer care amid Covid -19.
Dr. Hari Goyal, Chief – Medical Oncology (Unit I)said“India requires more preparedness to fight cancer. We require cooperation from govt. to public to make them aware of rising no. of cancer cases. Participation in clinical trials should be encouraged as no drug can be developed without clinical studies.”
Dr. Pawan K Singh, Head – Haemato Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant – Haemato Oncology said “After the US and China, India has the third highest number of hematological cancer patients in the world. BMT is an important part of treatment in many blood cancers and non-cancer blood disorders like Thalassemia. Though the success rate for BMTs in India is on a par with international benchmarks, we really need to create an awareness that It may take as long as a year for the new bone marrow to function normally, but in most patients their quality of life improves after the treatment. And the patients can live normal life thereafter.”
Dr. Priya Tiwari, Sr. Consultant – Medical Oncology (Unit II) said “Cancer is curable in many patients now. With advancements in diagnostics and therapeutics, we have better surgical techniques. With chemotherapy drugs being readily available, we also have many new treatment options to offer to the patients in form of targeted therapies and immunotherapies. Also, with passing time and as more and more research is coming up the emphasis is on personalized care that is individualizing cancer treatments as per patients need and expectation”.
As a part of the awareness campaign, Artemis Hospitals organized Free Mammography, CBC & Free Distribution of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The team urged people to participate in cancer screening tests & free OPD consultations.
One of the Cancer survivors Mr. Pawan Kumar present at the event said “The most important thing you should know about cancer is that it can be defeated. This disease is a battle that you have to fight day-by-day. You should stop worrying about the future and surround yourself with good thoughts and people who give you emotional support. When you are battling this disease, it is important to make sure that each moment counts.”
On a positive note, one of the survivors Mr. Prem Prakash who witnessed the event said “It was scary in the beginning but with firm determination, positive outlook, and extensive care, I defeated it. I have realized that cancer is harsher on the family than the patient, which is why it is important to be each other’s strength during this tough journey. I hope my battle with cancer will encourage others to stay strong, hopeful, positive, and happy.”
Cancer has become one of the primary causes of death in India. As per the report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, one-in-five men and one-in-six women worldwide will develop cancer throughout their lifetime. It also states that one-in-eight men and one-in-eleven women have lost their lives due to Cancer. The report also estimates 19.3 million new cases and 10 million cancer deaths in 2020.