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The department was inaugurated in the presence of Shri. N Santosh Hegde, Former Supreme Court Judge and Lokayukta of State of Karnataka and Dr. Sharat Damodar, Clinical Director–Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center & Sr. Consultant Hematologist & Head – Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Narayana Health City.
Speaking about the facility, Dr. Sharat Damodar, Clinical Director – Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center and Sr. Consultant Hematologist & Head – Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Narayana Health City, said, ‘Apart from timely diagnosis, cancer care in India is mired with accessibility. With our newly launched department, we hope to bridge this gap and provide easy access to comprehensive quality cancer care to the residents in the peripheral areas of the city.”
“The department is also equipped with a tumor board wherein doctors of different specialties come together and identify the best possible treatment plan for each individual patient. The facility helps to provide patients with holistic care as well as better treatment outcome.” added Dr. Sharat.
The dedicated department will offer medical Oncology, surgical Oncology and haematological facilities for all types of cancer. The special wing will have specialist doctors for Medical Oncology, Musculo Skeletal Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Onco- Gynaecology, Oncology Breast & Oncoplastic and Oncology- Head & Neck Surgery.
The occasion also witnessed the launch of cancer screening package and free mobile mammogram campaign. The free mammogram will be help women residents in the area to check for breast cancer. The free screening will be held in the hospital premises from 11th January to 12th January 2019.
The number of cancer cases in India is increasing every year. According to WHO’s Cancer Report, in India, lung, oral, lip, throat and neck cancers are the most common among men while women suffer more from cervix, breast and ovarian cancers. In the elderly, the most commonly occurring cancers are kidney, intestine and prostate cancer.