Well-known oncologists and researchers from PD Hinduja Hospital & MRC and King’s College, London recently came together to deliberate the growing incidences of oncology, cost burden and the future of effective cancer treatment at a three-day conference in Mumbai.
Themed ‘New Frontiers in Breast and Thoracic Malignancies’, the symposium was organised on April 23 with the purpose of enhancing India’s efforts towards effective cancer management and providing higher standards of medical support in breast, lung and esophagus cancers.
The symposium witnessed close to 40 experts who provided novel insights through a knowledge and expertise sharing session and was attended by over 150 practicing oncologists and post graduate students in medical, surgical and radiation oncology.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr V Shanta, a prominent cancer specialist, Chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai and the winner of several awards including the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan – the second highest civilian award by Government of India.
During the inauguration, Dr Shanta, said, “Our mission is and continues to be the prevention of preventable cancers, reducing the gap between state of the art treatment, research and its clinical application. It has been a matter of great hope and joy, and at the same time anguish, that we have done so little, and so much more is to be done in the field of oncology care. I believe that meetings like this will help us go forward.”
Highlighting the importance of the collaboration with Kings College London, Vinoo S. Hinduja, Executive Trustee, PD Hinduja Hospital, said, “’Partnership for growth’ has been one of our guiding principles laid by our founder PD Hinduja. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution made by Indu Shahni, a globally recognised dynamic leader in the field of education, in bringing together PD Hinduja Hospital and Kings College.”
“Kings College over the years has shown some exemplary work in the field of cancer care. This association will help both institutions explore core strengths to find better solutions by making critical knowledge available through a unified platform. We intend to inspire medical professionals and create global awareness on the current standing of cancer treatment and research,” she added.
Gautam Khanna, CEO of PD Hinduja Hospital said, “It has been an honour to host this vital conference with King’s College, London. This only reiterates our vision of engaging and sustaining international collaborations to become world leaders in the field of oncology.”
The conference witnessed sessions addressed by leading King’s College experts, namely, Dr Arnie Purushotham, Dr Ashutosh Kothari, Dr Paul Ross, Dr James Spicer and Dr Vinod Mullassery and leading oncologists from across the country.