Nagpur: In recent years cancer is proving to be a major killer of our times, higher than heart attacks and diabetes. WHO statistics states that one in every 10 Indian runs the risk of getting cancer before 75 years of age while 7 in every 100 runs the risk of dying from cancer before 75th birthday.
In our body cancers of Head and Neck region account for 30% of the total cancers. Head and Neck cancers include cancers of the tongue, cheek, jaw, palate larynx, thyroid etc. Survival rates for Head & Neck Cancer are about 50%. This means that half the people diagnosed with this disease will die from it within 5 years. Our country holds the dubious distinction of highest number of oral cancers in the world due to tobacco, betel nut chewing.
It is now proven beyond doubt that chewing of tobacco, betel nut, gutkha is closely related to development of oral cancer. Avoiding these habits, prevention and early detection of Head and Neck Cancer is the best bet to tackle this deadly disease. To this effect, Foundation of Head & Neck Oncology of India is an organization that encompasses all the specialities that deal with cancers of this area. It includes General Surgeon, ENT Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologist, Reconstructive Surgeons, Pathologists, and Radiologists. The total membership is about 900. The 15th Annual Conference of FHNO will be held in Nagpur on 10-13th September 2015 at Radisson Blu Hotel.
Around 500 delegates from all over India are expected to attend the conference. On 10th September there will be pre conference workshop in which live demonstration of surgeries of Head and Neck region like Thyroidectomy, Parotidectomy, Laryngectomy and Neck Dissection will be performed. There will be 3-D telecast of these surgeries at Hotel Radisson Blu through satellite.
To popularize the conference and to spread awareness in general public about Head and Neck Cancers, Organising Committee conducted a Public Awareness Rally on Sunday 23rd August 2015. The rally was a great success.
The Organizers conveyed the following important messages to the public
Head and Neck Cancers are Preventable
Head and Neck Cancers are Treatable
If detected early, Head and Neck Cancers Curable
Formal inauguration of the conference will be on 11th Friday evening at the hands of Nitin Gadkari Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India.
On 11th, 12th and 13th there will be scientific deliberations in the form of orations, invited talks, instructional videos, panel discussions and paper presentation by juniors.
The Prestigious Orations are as follows
RM Tiwari Oration
by Professor Fredrico Biglioli-
Head of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, S. Paolo Hospital of Milan
Professor at the University of Milan
LH Hiranandani Oration-
By Professor Cherie-Ann-Nathan –
MD, FACS, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at LSU-Health in Shreveport
Director of Head and Neck Oncologic
PA Shah Oration-
by Professor Roberto Puxeddu-
Professor and Chairman of Otorhinolaryngology and Director of the School of Specialization in Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Cagliari School of Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria, University of Cagliari, Italy.
by Dr. Madan Kapre– FRCS DLO ( Lon)
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
Director Neeti Clinics, Nagpur.
Past President FHNO.
The academic sessions will aim to standardize the care to be given to Head & Neck Cancer patients and to update all delegates with the recent advances in this field.
The Conference is being hosted by VSHNO ( Vidarbha Society of Head and Neck Oncology) On the lines of FHNO, VSHNO encompasses all the specialities dealing with Head and Neck Cancer patients. The objective is to have a unified approach towards the treatment, as it is a team effort.
This annual Conference is being held for the first time in Nagpur. Dr. Madan Kapre who is President VSHNO, Past President FHNO and Chairman for the Conference is of the view that this will help bring Vidarbha region on the National and International map. He feels that because majority of the cancers are being treated outside the premier established cancer centers, it is important that standard of care should be raised in these peripheral regions. It also gives an opportunity for specialists in Vidarbha to show case the local skill, talent and equipment available here which is second to none.
Taking advantage of the presence of stalwarts in Head & Neck Oncology being present at the Conference, a public outreach programme has been organized on Sunday 13th between 3-5 pm.
Citizens from cross section of society will be able to ask FAQs to eminent faculty.
Dr. Jyoti Dabholkar, President FHNO, Prof ENT & Head & Neck Surgery KEM Hosp, Mumbai.
Dr. Alok Thakkar Hon Secretary FHNO, Prof. ENT & Head & Neck Surgery AIIMS Delhi.
Dr. Madan Kapre Chairman Organizing Committee
Dr. R.B.Deshmukh Hon Secretary Organizing Committee
Dr. Vinay Hazare Dean, Govt Dental College Nagpur
Dr. Pankaj Chaudhari Director RST Regional Cancer Center
Dr. Krishna Kamble Prof Radiation Oncology GMC Nagpur
Dr. Amol Dongre Medical Oncologist
Dr. Abhishek Vaidya Head & Neck Cancer Surgeon
Registration for this programme is free and available at Neeti Clinics, Neeti Gaurav Complex Ramdaspeth, Dept. of ENT GMC, IGGMC and Lata Mangeshkar Medical College.