Published On : Mon, Sep 14th, 2015

“Shun Tobacco in all forms if you want to be safe from oral cancers”- Experts

FHNO 2015 Concluded on Successful note

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“FHNO2015” The 3 day National Conference of Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology hosted by city and organised  by Vidarbha Society for Head and Neck Oncology, VSNHO concluded on a successful note at Hotel Radisson Blu with a valedictory function followed by Public Forum.

Over 500 delegates from all over India, Neighbouring countries and International faculties exchanged ideas and learnt on current concepts on management of Head and Neck cancers from Masters who deliberated on new Perspectives and methods to improve outcome and reduce the morbidity& death rate in cancer sufferers by a multispecialty team approach. They emphasised early Diagnosis, treatment protocols, preventive measures, public awareness etc.  The conference was formally inaugurated by Hon. Minister of Surface Transport, Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari in august presence of M.P. Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda and Ajay Sancheti MLA Nagpur.  Doing away with bouquet and giving saplings of trees to be transplanted in Melghat Primary Health Centre Chikhaldara later,  Patient centric Invocation by Cancer  survivors, welcome and concluding prayer by Suvarna Mategaokar was highly appreciated.

The salient feature of the conference was Pre conference Surgical workshop with 3 D transmission which was not only relayed from Neeti Clinics O.T. to the conference venue but also through a link on internet watched all over the world first time in the history of the foundation. Not only this the three day proceedings were also beamed and watched live via website absolutely free of cost from any part of the world.  The latest LED Wall technology of finer variety brought clear picture quality and provided watching pleasures without dimming the lights and subduing the ambience.

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Another memorable thing was participation in friendly Cricket match held in flood light at “The Oval” ground of Crazy Castle by Srilankan Giant player Sanath Jaysuria and Indian test player Nilesh Kulkarni who volunteered to participate at their own cost without any royalty to show the solidarity with professionals engaged in cancer care.

Maharashtra Medical Council had accredited the conference and had granted 4 credit hours. The trade and Industrial exhibition also showcased advanced technology for professionals engaged in the care of cancers of Head & Neck.

The public forum was moderated by Dr. B.K.Sharma of RST Regional Cancer Centre and participants included Dr. Madan Kapre, Dr. Rajendra Deshmukh, Dr. Abhishek Vaidy, Dr. Shantanu Kothe, Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gauri Pantvaidya of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. Pankaj Chaudhary Radiation oncologist and Director RST Regional Cancer Centre. Dr. Jyoti Dabholkar of KEM Hospital  and National President of FHNO and Dr. Sajeev Golhar.

They addressed the frequently asked   questions faced as soon as the news of suspicion breaks out to the journey of torturous fight with the cancer of surgery, medicines, chemotherapy and radiations etc. Dr. Kapre said more awareness that oral cancers found highest in our region has tobacco smoking and chewing habits of Vidarbhites, should make people quit tobacco immediately and not fall prey to myth that forefathers never had cancer. Why take the risk of known carcinogenic habits. It is like asking which floor to choose to commit suicide?  World Health Organisation (WHO) findings there are one lakh 30 thousand deaths of oral cancers followed by 1 lakh 5 thousand Breast Cancer and 98000 Cancer Cervix  in India.  Dr. Jyoti Dabholkar informed on ways of physical examinations, investigation, scanning, staging, and then appropriate line of therapy to be adopted. Dr. Krishna Kamble wanted Indians to change the culture of spitting, open defecation, littering, and dirty unhygienic public places. We condemn Public kissing while don’t feel ashamed to defecate in open. The patients also listen to non medical advisers and play with their health. Present on the occasion were students of Dental Colleges, social workers,  patients relartives and media representatives, NGO like Rotary Club, Snehalaya, Dr. Pankaj Chaudhary stressed on effective communication of the message than oral advice Like how much money is wasted at the end of year if you don’t smoke has a strong message than don’t smoke.

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Dr. R.B. Deshmukh wanted not to neglect oral non healing ulcers, white patches, difficulty in opening jaws, hoarseness of voice not responding to treatment of few weeks, breathing difficulty glands in neck etc. A few video clippings on tobacco abuse, smoking prepared by Dental College students were screened. A few patients who survived Head and Neck Cancers also expressed themselves before the public their experience, and role of friends and family support. Present amongst the audience were NGO engaged in terminally ill patients
The programme and Conference concluded with National anthem and more resolve to find answers.