Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (JD)
Udupi, Jan 7: Second International global cancer consortium conference hosted by Manipal comprehensive cancer care centre, Kasturba Medical college Manipal and Global cancer consortium was inaugurated by Dr Sushma Bhatnagar head national cancer institute government of India and head institute cancer rotary hospital all India institute of medical sciences New Delhi on Saturday January 7 at Manipal.
Inaugurating the event Dr Sushma Bhatnagar said “Every patient is different and you have to communicate in a different way with each patient. I hope this conference will derive some conclusions on what we should do to concur this. When we were growing cancer was synonymous with death, but within two decades today even the advanced stage patients can be cured. I hope all the young delegates of this conference will work hard and they will strengthen precision medicine. I wish Kasturba hospital cancer care centre should be a stand alone integrated cancer hospital. The culture of Kasturba hospital Manipal will make this one of the best cancer care centres of the country”.
Dr Vivek M Rangnekar, professor associate director of transdisciplinary collaboration Makey cancer centre university of Kentucky was the guest of honor for the programme. In his address to the delegates Dr Vivek M Rangnekar said “This consortium was initiated in 2020. Our projects are based on the philosophy that globalization is impactful because it broadens our perspective. Our projects involve research, community outreach, education, and interdisciplinary collaborations. We have not only treated the cancer patients, but also made sure that we protect them from the side effects”.
Dr Sharath Kumar Rao, pro vice chancellor health sciences MAHE in his address said “Coley’s toxin was the first immunotherapy treatment. Over a period of 20 years there has been a sudden growth in cancer treatment, and today we are talking about personalized cancer treatment. We hope that each cancer patient will have a different treatment. Manipal has all the facilities to do this and our aim is to take precision medicine to a different level and also make it affordable to a common man”.
Presiding over the programme Dr HS Ballal, pro chancellor MAHE said “Our founder Dr TMA Pai is called as creator of new Manipal. Ours was the 29 th medical college to start in this country, we have been consistently ranked among top ten medical colleges for more than two decades. In 2020 our institution received “Institution of eminence” status. We have made a separate comprehensive cancer care centre in 2018, all cancer related subjects are brought under one roof. We are in the process of building new hospice centre care, so that everything will be available in one roof. Every year we organise the Manipal marathon in a different theme. This year's theme is paediatric oncology to give awareness on childhood cancer”.
More than 200 delegates and faculty members participated in this conference, who were mainly from various oncology disciplines across India. The international faculty from Markey Cancer Centre, Mayo Clinic, Lahey Hospital & Medical Centre, and University of Alabama participated as resource persons. The theme of the conference is ‘Futuristic Oncology- Precision medicine in breast, liver, and lung cancer’. The conference focussed on treatment advancements in breast, lung and liver cancer.
Dr Karthik Udupa head, Medical oncology, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and conference chairperson gave an overview of this conference. Dr Ananth Pai- organising secretary; and Dr Shirley Lewis -scientific chairperson were present during the inaugural function. Dr KrIthika Rao was the Master of ceremony for the programme.