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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.

“Cancer 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.

“We 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.

Dr. 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.

Experts 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.

Dr. 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.

“They would also provide guidelines for treatment of cancers specific to Odisha,” he said.

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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