Education program on stomach cancers held


Department of surgery Government Medical College Srinagar on Wednesday organized a continuous surgical education program on stomach cancers wherein cancers experts from state gave insights on the latest scenario of the deadly disease in the local context.
Onco-specialists from Kashmir delivered lectures on cancers of stomach and the various treatment and diagnostic approaches available to patients at an illuminating event organized by department of surgery of GMC Srinagar. There was consensus regarding need to rev-up cancer treatment facilities in Valley.
The welcome address was delivered by Prof Mumtaz u Din, head surgical division 2 and session was co-chaired by Prof Mufti Mehmood head surgical division 3 and Prof Ajaz Ahmad Rather head general surgery at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) medical college.
Prof Sanaullah Kuchay head department of radiotherapy at GMC Srinagar highlighted the fourfold increase in the number of patients of stomach cancer in the last one decade stating that over 5000 cases were recorded in the cancer registry in year 2017. Prof Fazal Q Parray head colorectal surgery SKIMS highlighted the various investigations required for diagnosing and staging carcinoma stomach. Dr Syed Naseer (consultant medical oncology GMC Srinagar) made the audience aware about the use of perioperative chemotherapy in making the dreadful disease treatable surgically.
Dr Aabid gave a detailed account of palliative management of advanced gastric cancer. Dr M Zaieem senior registrar surgery elucidated the laparoscopic management of early gastric cancer which is patient friendly procedure and improves the quality of life. Dr M Yaqoob senior registrar surgery deliberated about the complications the patient can face during or after surgery and their management. Dr Aftab Akbar proposed a vote of thanks.
The audience appreciated the efforts of organizing secretary Prof Iqbal Saleem Mir head surgical division 4 at GMC Srinagar for conducting the event on the dreaded disease. It was unanimously agreed that more awareness and screening programs need to be conducted in Kashmir valley so that the disease is diagnosed at early stage and treated with utmost success.

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