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Hope for cancer patients

PARTICIPATING IN the Cancer Detection Programme organised by city-based Indore Cancer Foundation (ICF) at Guna has proved lucky for a three-year-old girl having kidney tumour, as she is now likely to be referred to the ICF for specialised treatment giving her a renewed chance to lead a normal life.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2006 15:32 IST

PARTICIPATING IN the Cancer Detection Programme organised by city-based Indore Cancer Foundation (ICF) at Guna has proved lucky for a three-year-old girl having kidney tumour, as she is now likely to be referred to the ICF for specialised treatment giving her a renewed chance to lead a normal life.

In all 320 persons were examined by a specialised team of doctors lead by Dr Digpal Dharkar at the two-day camp organised by ICF at Guna as part of its continued anti-cancer activities across the state. The camp programme included cancer detection training of doctors and seminar on public education on November 21 and 22.

About 30 suspected cases of cancer, including the three-year-old Neha with the kidney tumour, are likely to be referred to the ICF, which is recognised by the state government for treatment of its employees and also patients below poverty line (BPL).

“The camp could not have been possible with out the active participation of the local administration and the health authorities there. Guna Collector Dr G K Saraswat took personal interest,” Dr Amit Joshi, who coordinates rural activities at the ICF, said.

“The whole infrastructure arrangements were taken by the administration and they actively campaigned for the camp in the district. Publicity campaign also included announcements on PA system round the town in an auto-rickshaw, small boards on the back of vehicles and big hoardings at prominent places,” Dr Joshi said.

The cancer detection training for doctors and para-medical staff was held at the Red Cross Bhawan on November 21, the public education seminar was held at Zila Panchayat on November 22 while the cancer detection camp for the masses was held for the whole day on November 22 at the District Hospital.

At the public education programme, Dr Saraswat appealed to the elected representatives of Panchayat and district level doctors and paramedics to help in detection of cancer at early stage. Dr Joshi, Dr Anil Singhvi and Dr Amit Jatwar pleaded for scientific treatment of the disease and asked the participants to spread word about not going to quacks.

Local doctors including Dr Ramvir Raghuvanshi, Dr V K Agrawal, Dr Y S Raghuvanshi and staff of Guna District Hospital actively helped for the successful camp, Dr Joshi said.

The ICF has already carried out more than 175 such camps in which nearly two lakh high risk population have been examined. All patients referred by the state government are operated free of charge by ICF’s honorary secretary Dr Dharkar, who set up the Foundation with an aim to reach out to the last person in the society.