Bengaluru: Respecting the spirit and the grit of cancer survivors Narayana Health City today organized a cancer survivors meet in the city. An interactive session, the occasion saw children and adults who have successfully fought the battle of cancer coming together and spending a fun-filled day with doctors from Narayana Health City. The meet witnessed around 90 cancer patients along with their families attending the event. The event saw popular actress Ms. Harshika Poonacha launching a Comprehensive Cancer Screening Package.

The occasionwas also graced by Dr. Sharat Damodar, Clinical Director, Senior ConsultantHaematologist and Head of BMT, Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, Narayana HealthCity, Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and Head-Pediatric Hematology, Oncologyand Bone Marrow Transplant, Narayana Health City, Dr. Moni Abraham Kuriakose,Head of Surgical – Oncology and Senior Consultant, Head & NeckOnco-surgeon, Narayana Health City, Dr. Sandeep Jain, HOD & SeniorConsultant Radiation Oncology and Dr. Vivek Shetty, Consultant-Head & NeckOnco-surgeon. 

Aimed atinculcating the spirit of life and instilling hope in patients who areundergoing cancer treatment, the event witnessed adults as well as children whohave successful fought the battle of cancer sharing their experiences. 

“I feelhonored to be a part of this programe. Fighting the cancer battle requires notonly medications but lot of courage. In fact, you all are the true heroes.”said, Ms. Harshika Poonacha, who had lost her aunt to cancer. 

Speakingabout the event, Dr. Sharat Damodar, Clinical Director, Senior ConsultantHaematologist and Head of BMT, Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, Narayana HealthCity, said, “Cancerstill has the myth that it is a non-curable disease and people suffering fromit may not be able to live their life normally. But cancer can be cured. And infact, the rationale behind the cancer survivors meet is not only to appreciatethe courage of the survivors but also to address some of the misconceptionsrelated to cancer.” 

Apart fromthe interactive sessions, the meet also saw recreational activities likestand-up comedy, magic show, caricature art, drawing and quiz competition andcultural performances by the doctors. 

Elaboratingon Pediatric cancer, Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and Head-PediatricHematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Narayana Health City, said, “Although it is estimated that80%-85% of pediatric cancer cases occur in the developing world, according toone of the studies, the rate of cure is as low as 30-40%. One of the mainreasons for the low cure rate is late diagnosis and referral in advanced stagescalling for greater awareness about the need for early diagnosis. Further,setting up of more pediatric cancer units where needy children get access to optimumtreatment can also help in addressing this growing health concern.” 

Cancer is avery dangerous disease that can lead to mortality. There are many types ofcancers like Skin Cancer, Blood Cancer, Throat Cancer, Lungs Cancer and manymore. People suffering from these types of Cancer are very necessary to getproper treatment from the doctors. However, Cancer is a taboo in our societyand due to the negative perception about the disease; cancer patients are oftenfelt dejected and hopeless. Hence, this becomes a prime motive for people tocome forward to break such taboos and help rebuild the confidence of the cancerpatients.

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