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Cancer now a leading cause of death in India

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NEW DELHI: Surgery remains the preferred option in the battle to conquer cancer.

Cancer is fast becoming one of the leading causes of mortality in India and it is important to sensitize the budding surgeons to the magnitude of the problem so that they may develop interest in pursuing work in this field, says Dr NK Shukla, Professor and Head, Department of Cancer Surgery, BRAIRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi.

Dr Shukla was speaking at the first edition of UCMS Surgical Oncology Update-2017 organized on October 9, 2017, by University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, in which leading surgeons and oncologists of the country gathered to discuss the approach to various cancers and strategies to manage them.

The programme aimed at training post graduate residents as well as surgical oncology trainees and saw the attendance of over two hundred participants from across the country.

Dr SVS Deo, Professor at AIIMS Delhi, said that surgery is the quickest, cheapest and effective treatment modality of cancer, compared to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Dr Mahesh Goel. Professor at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, also highlighted the role of surgery in gallbladder cancer which is commonly seen in India.

This year, the UCMS Surgical Oncology Update presented 11 sessions each focusing on a different oncology sub-speciality like head and neck cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer and lung cancer, among others.

Dr. Pankaj Kumar Garg, a cancer surgeon at UCMS and GTB Hospital, said, “The conference raises the level of practice of surgical oncology in the country for better patient care, keeping true to its objective of ‘Conquering Cancer.”

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