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Apollo hosts myeloma awareness campaign

Posted on Feb 04 2014 | IBNS

Kolkata, Feb 3 : Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, in order to mark the upcoming World Cancer Day on Tuesday, recently conducted an enriching and informative two-day 'Myeloma Meet', here.

Myeloma is a cancer that affects cells within the bone marrow called plasma cells.

The session, which highlighted the causes, symptoms and subsequent treatment of Myeloma was conducted by a team of specialized doctors comprising Dr. Soumya Bhattacharya, Dr. Indranil Ghosh, Dr. Saibal Mukherjee and Dr. Shilpa Bharti.

Moreover, the officials further informed that Apollo Gleneagles Cancer Hospital has recently taken a lead in combating blood cancer in Eastern India.

The Apollo Gleneagles Cancer Hospital assembled a team of brilliant specialist consultants, transfusionists, pathologists, nurses and junior doctors to achieve their objective.

Almost every relevant and significant research is being undertaken at their state of the art laboratory.

The department of Transfusion Medicine has been extensively upgraded and is freely providing Single donor Platelets and NAT tested blood, the officials said.

Apollo Gleneagles Cancer Hospital has all facilities for Myeloma treatment including BMT Unit.

Additionally, they have the priceless backing of a Multi-Specialty Hospital where consultants of almost every discipline are ready to share their expertise for any complication that a blood cancer patient may have, the officials said.

The diseases that are being successfully treated at the Oncology department are Leukaemia, Lymphomas, Myelomas, Thalassemia, Aplastic Anaemias, Platelets Disorders and Hemophilias.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals said, "Blood Cancer consists of a spectrum of dreaded disorders. Once invariably fatal, many of these cancers are now treatable and even curable with modern chemotherapy."

Basu said, "We at Apollo are continuously working to evolve procedures for treating this disease. All radiation needs are being catered to by a team of dedicated Radiation Oncologists who are backed by the Novalis Tx Machine."

"This machine is also being used for irradiating blood products. We are grateful to all the doctors who are present here today for their guidance and support towards the cause," she added.

Myeloma is a medical term which refers to cancer in the bone marrow.

As the cancerous plasma cells fill the bone marrow, the person is not able to make enough normal blood cells. This can lead to anaemia, bleeding problems and infections.

Other symptoms include bone pain, fractures due to bone damage, and kidney damage.

In many cases, treatment with chemotherapy and other treatments can control the disease, ease symptoms and prolong survival for a number of years.

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