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.