Int’l conference on cancer to begin at SKICC from Apr 24

Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 23 2018 12:19AM | Updated Date: Apr 23 2018 12:19AM
Int’l conference on cancer to begin at SKICC from Apr 24

A two-day international conference is being organised by Hakim Sanaullah Specialist Hospital & Cancer Centre at SKICC here from 24 April.

The organizers said event is being organized in collaboration with the major educational and cancer care institutions including SKIMS, GMC Srinagar, GMC Jammu and SKIMS Medical College on 24 and 25 of April at SKICC here. It said J & K Tourism Department has supported the event as a part of its Health tourism drive. 

According to program chairman, Prof. Shad Salim Akhtar, medical fraternity from all specialities will be participating in this event. Experts from world-renowned institutions like NIH, NCI, Roswell Park Cancer Centre of USA, UK and leading cancer institutions of India like Tata Memorial Hospital, Apollo, RGCI will share their expertise. 

“We hope the meeting will improve the know-how of the participants. This should result in improvement of cancer care hence the outcome of treatment,” Prof Shad said. 

Elaborating, he said the place of birth is one of the important factors, which determine the outcome of cancer treatment. “The number of cancer cases is on a rise. In 2030, 23.6 million new cancer cases are expected in the world. Countries with limited resources harbour larger proportion of these cases. In addition, the ratio between all cancer cases and cancer deaths is 47% in developed countries and in a limited resources setting it is 66%. In other words, only 1/3rd of all cancer cases diagnosed in poor countries will survive. Financial disparity is a major factor,” he said. 

“On the other hand evidence based guidelines, developed after decades of deliberations can be applied in our setting with ease. We may drop highly expensive investigations and treatment modalities, but the algorithms of diagnosis and management can be followed. Our patients die due to delay in diagnosis, delay in institution of therapy, treatment default, poor nutrition and, of course, financial toxicity of cancer treatment. Prevention, especially smoking prohibition can prevent nearly a third of our cancers. To discuss these and similar issues,” he added.  

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