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Advanced technology can effectively deal with cancer: Experts

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1:  Experts on oncology have said that advanced technology and improved treatment methods have opened the door to effectively deal with the scourge of cancer and the condition does not mean certain death anymore.

“Patients with lung cancer who lived barely for a year after detection in the 1990s’ can now be provided effective treatment and many have been leading normal lives. While such patients were expected to live for barely a year earlier, today they live 5 to 6 years more and live the normal life with effective treatment,” Dr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Director, Medical Oncology at the SIMS Institute of Oncology, Chennai, said while addressing a seminar at the SOA University on Sunday.
New technology has made it possible to treat some of the cancers even in advanced stage, he said adding there had been a paradigm shift in the treatment of breast cancer using targeted drugs with less side effects.

Dr. Mohapatra was addressing an orientation program ---Primer in Oncology for Very Young Doctors (PROVE 2016), organized by a team of oncologists to create awareness about the field of oncology among final year medical students, interns and post-interns from all over the state at the IMS and Sum Hospital.

Prof. Surendranath Senapati, Head of department at the Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack, who spoke as the chief guest, said cancer did not spell certain death anymore.

Praising the Oncology department at Sum Hospital as one of the best, he urged upon MBBS students and interns to choose oncology as a career as it could provide them a lot of satisfaction.

“Bright students these days are opting to go for a career in radiology while surgical and medical oncology have great prospect. It will give you a lot of satisfaction,” Dr Senapati said.

“There would be a huge requirement of oncologists in the country in the next few years as the number of cancer patients was growing, he said adding the number of patients visiting the Acharya Harihar cancer centre annually had doubled to 40,000 within the last four years while the paucity of oncologists was distressing. More medical students should opt for oncology as modern technology and treatment methods had made it a satisfactory profession, Dr Senapati added.

Prof. Gangadhar Sahu, Dean of IMS and Sum Hospital and Chairman of the organizing committee, said medical professionals had the responsibility to spread the message that cancer could be fought back successfully while referring to the example of cricketer Yuvraj Singh.

The young medicos rubbed shoulders with doyens in the field of cancer treatment while enhancing their knowledge and medical skills and honing their approach towards cancer care at the day-long program.

While a quiz was held for the participants, the other subjects discussed included screening and preventive oncology, basics of stem cell transplant, treatment options, pediatric oncology,  molecular oncology besides career opportunities in oncology.

Experts who addressed the participants included Prof. Madhabananda Kar, Dr. Sachin Suresh Jadhav, 
Dr. E.Venkat Rao, Dr. Biren Banerjee, Dr. Soumya Surath Panda, Dr. Sunil Agrawal, Dr. Chinmay Kumar Pani, Dr. Dilip Muduli, Dr. Pradyumna Sahu and Dr. Hemalata Das.

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