Hon'ble Governor Dr (Smt) Tamilisai Soundararajan, inaugurates the Apollo Cancer Conclave!
The four day 5th Apollo Cancer Conclave and 8th Cancer CI-2020, being hosted by Apollo Cancer Institutes and CURE Foundation India and held from February 13th to 16th, 2020, was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr (Smt) Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon'ble Governor of Telangana State; on Friday at HICC. Also present on the occasion were Guests of Honour Shri Etela Rajender, Minister for Medical & Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Telangana; Ms Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals; Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals; Dr Dattatreyudu Nori, International Director - Oncology Services, Apollo Cancer Institutes; Dr P Vijay Anand Reddy, Chairman, Org. Committee, Apollo Cancer Conclave; Dr T Raja, Co-Chairman - Org. Committee, Apollo Cancer Conclave; Dr Stefan Glueck, Medical Oncology, Summit, NJ, USA.
Dr (Smt) Tamilisai Soundararajan said, the message from Apollo Hospitals through this conference to every citizen is that we are there to care for you and the best care for cancer is now possible. It has advanced and latest treatment options and whatever be the stage of cancer, patient can find solace here. Even in this era with advanced care is available for treating cancer, as a gynecologist, I had come across patients with terminal cancer, this despite the extensive awareness created by the oncologists. Despite the advanced care, we see increasing cases of cancer because of the lifestyle changes, obesity, lack of awareness of early symptoms of cancer. Today we see cases of breast cancer even in young people, this is due to lack of awareness. One should be aware and identify the symptoms early to seek care. As doctors are we taking care of our health, are we getting ourselves screened, the stress and pressure we undergo in our profession is tremendous so we should also take care of our health. So my message to people is be aware of the symptoms, pick up the disease at an early stage and get rid of cancer. I also appreciate the Prime Minister for bringing the Ayushman scheme, when a patient is diagnosed of cancer he needs lots of expensive care, which he can't afford, but because of schemes like Ayushman Bharat, which included highest cancer care and patient can get more than Rs 5 lakhs for cancer treatment, even Telangana Government has Arogyasri. Though the Government is taking care of your disease treatment, it is the public which should be aware of healthy lifestyle and disease symptoms.