National cancer conclave at SUM hospital on Nov 8

Bhubaneswar, November 5: Experts on cancer treatment will be
converging at the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital (IMSSH), the
faculty of medicine of SOA University here, on November 8 to discuss the latest
trends in cancer therapy. 
“The first
National Sum Cancer Conclave, being organized by the hospital, was a step
towards strengthening the battle against the dreaded disease by empowering
doctors at the peripheral level who were on many occasions required to treat
cancer patients,” Prof. D.K.Ray, acting Vice-Chancellor of SOA University, told
newsmen here on Wednesday.
is a curable disease if the diagnosis is made early and three
treatments—surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy— were available for the
doctors,” he said, adding that the Sum Hospital would soon procure a
radiotherapy unit to make the whole gamut of cancer treatment available under
the same roof.
already have onco-surgery and chemotherapy and developing Sum Hospital into a
full-fledged cancer treatment centre,” Dr. Ray, who is also Medical Director of
IMSSH, said.
Sunil Agrawala, head of the department of Oncology at Sum Hospital and
organizing secretary of the conference, said a large number of doctors from
different disciplines would be attending the conclave.
including Dr. R.A.Kerkar from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. Vinay
Deshmane from Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. Sanjay Sharma from Bombay Hospital,
Mumbai, Dr. Sumit Goyal from Jaypee Hospital, Dr. G.V.Rao from the Asian
Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad and Dr. Ravi Kannan and Dr. Ritesh
Tapkire from Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Silchar would be
attending the conference.
P.K. Mohanty, Medical Superintendent of Sum Hospital, said most of the
discussions at the conference would centre around the four most common cancers
found in eastern India, particularly Odisha, which affected the breast, head
and neck, colorectal region and ovary.
would also provide guidelines for treatment of cancers specific to Odisha,” he
The Sum
Hospital was also providing cancer treatment to people who were either BPL card
or Biju Krushak Yojana (BKY) card holders free of cost as the government was
reimbursing the cost of treatment to the tune of Rs 3 lakh per patient under
the Odisha Swasthya Seva Yojana, he said. 

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