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Cervical cancer and treatment discussed

ABOUT FIVE lakh women develop cancer of cervix worldwide every year and more than one lakh new patients are diagnosed in India itself and surgical treatment is the best available modality to cure this cancer.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 14:57 IST

ABOUT FIVE lakh women develop cancer of cervix worldwide every year and more than one lakh new patients are diagnosed in India itself and surgical treatment is the best available modality to cure this cancer.

This was the subject of discussion at a one-day continuing medical education (CME) programme on gynae oncology organised for the first time at Bombay Hospital here in association with Indore Obstetrics and Gynecological Society recently.

The CME was attended by about 150 delegates from Indore and nearby places. CME secretary and consultant gynae oncology Dr Namrata Kachchra said that it was a long awaited sub-specialty of gynecology and this meet was needed to discuss this kind of problems in females. There was main discussion on cancer of cervix, which has got the highest incidence and killing disease in females of reproductive age if patient comes in the late stage of disease.

Apart from its treatment, its early diagnosis by regular check up and colposcopy is most important to prevent this disease from becoming untreatable end stage disease since cancer of cervix has a long latent life of 7-10 years. Hence the need for regular checkup of asymptomatic women with specialist who can pick and can treat with a small operation of 5 minutes.

Uterine & ovarian cancers were among the other causes of sufferings in females and these cancers too are on increase in our country. Dr H Tongaonkar from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, and Dr S Chhabra, Director of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Tongaonkar and Dr Namrata Kachhara spoke about the need of refinement in surgery, ways to reduce complications, to conserve ovaries and preserve fertility even in presence of cancer. At the outset Dr Chhabra gave an overview and incidence of gynecological cancers.

Dr Namrata Kachhara, who is a regular faculty for International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon in France, is planning to start a training course for early detection of female cancer including breast cancer at Bombay Hospital, which has got the facility of colposcopy available for early diagnosis of these cancers.

First Published: Apr 05, 2006 14:57 IST