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Cancer survivors recount fight against dreaded disease

Posted on Feb 05, 02:48PM | UNI

Bhubaneswar, Feb 4 : Cancer like any other disease will be curable but one needs to fight back with the support of the family, society and the administration.

This view was expressed by speakers, who have survived the lethal blow at a seminar here on 'Steps of Hope: A Celebration of Cancer Survivors' organised by the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and Sum Hospital run by the SOA University here today on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

Once a person is afflicted with cancer, it is not that a cure is not possible. But one has to fight back, eminent film personality Hara Pattanaik, who battled the disease to make a comeback, said.

Actor-Director Pattanaik, who got treated recounted his experience as he grappled with the disease which, he said, could be defeated.

Senior journalist Dilip Satpathy, who was struck by multiple myeloma affecting the plasma cells of the bone marrow over a decade ago, said once a person is afflicted by the disease it not only makes the person depressed but also becomes a psychological and financial burden on the family.

He said cancer drugs available in the market were being sold at a much higher price than they ought to be priced which needed the intervention of the government.

Mr Satpathy advised the Sum Hospital authorities to make the cancer medicines available in the hospital at the proper price and start departments of medical oncology and radiology as well.

Senior government official Sarada Prasanna Mishra, who was also hit by the disease, said those successfully fending off cancer should be described not as survivors but 'cancer conquerors' Prominent music director Manmath Mishra also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Ranjit Kar, Radiologist at the Panda Curie Cancer Hospital pointed out that nearly 40 per cent of all cancers could be prevented while the rest could be detected, treated and cured.

Dr Sunil Agarawal, Surgical Oncologist in the Sum hospital said once a person was hit by cancer, the fear of the disease and increased cost of treatment clouded the mind while the patient did not have a clear idea as to where he should go for treatment.

He said a survey report showed that a person, on an average, spent Rs 14,597 before reaching the proper centre for treatment.

The need of the hour is early detection and the right treatment, he said while adding that the Sum Hospital provided surgery and other treatment to cancer patients at the minimum cost.

Around twenty cancer survivors attended the meet and interacted with the media and medical fraternity about their experiences.

Dr Agarawal said anyone getting afflicted by cancer should not take it to be a 'death sentence' as many believe adding that the disease could be effectively tackled by following the right protocol and strategies.