A three-day international
conference 'Apollo Cancer Conclave' (ACC) 2015, aimed at improving cancer
management in India and abroad began in Hyderabad on Friday.
Dr P Vijay Anand Reddy, Director, Apollo Cancer Hospital said the Conclave
provides a platform to deliberate on cancer management through panel
discussions, interactive sessions and debates, all organised with a view to
encourage a multi-modality approach towards raising the bar in cancer care.
"The Conclave will bring together the best minds in oncology both from
India and overseas to deliberate on the rapid advances in the fields of
surgical, medical, radiation oncology, hematology and robotic surgery and its
practical application," he said.
Briefing on robotic surgery, Mr. Reddy said robotic surgeries in last two years
have transformed cancer treatment, they enabled smaller incisions, more precise
treatment, less blood loss, minimal scar, healing and recovery is faster
besides it has brought down morbidity levels.
The World Health Organisation recommends one cancer centre for every 1 million
population. However, in India, with a population of 1.25 billion, there are
only 400 units.
This means both, private sector and the government must work together to set up
more than 2000 centres if we have to strengthen the country's competency and
capacity to manage the disease, say experts.