Bengaluru– Aster CMI Hospital, a leading healthcare provider in the community, hosted a public gathering on February 2nd, 2023 to celebrate World Cancer Day and raise awareness about the disease. The event was held at the hospital and featured the actress Ms. Samyukta Hornad as the guest of honor. Asha Workers, NGOs, RWAs, Students, Social Workers, Women’s Club were amongst the attendees. They also inaugurated the International Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery & Stoma Care Clinic. This event provided an opportunity for individuals to learn about cancer, the importance of early detection, and the resources available to those affected by the disease.
The public gathering was free and open to the public. It featured several guest speakers including cancer survivors, medical professionals, and advocates who shared their experiences and knowledge about the disease. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in interactive activities and engage with educational resources.
“Cancer is a global health issue that affects millions of people every year,” said Dr. Nitish Shetty, Regional Director – Aster Hospitals, Karnataka & Maharashtra, “We believe it’s our responsibility to educate and raise awareness about this disease in our community, and what better way to do that than to bring people together on World Cancer Day.”
Ms. Samyukta Hornad, Indian actress, said “Cancer is not just a physical battle, it’s a mental one too. There are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease, but the truth is, early self-screening, diagnosis, and proper treatment can increase the chances of a cure. Don’t let fear and misinformation hold you back from taking control of your health. Your life is worth fighting for.”
Speaking on the importance of cancer awareness, Prof. Dr. Somashekhar S P, Chairman – Medical Advisory Board, Aster DM Healthcare – GCC & India, Global Director – Aster International Institute of Oncology – GCC & India, Lead Consultant – Surgical & Gynaecological Oncology & Robotic Surgeon, HIPEC & PIPAC Super-specialist, Aster CMI Hospital said “Bridging the cancer care gap is one of the biggest challenges in our field. But with advancements in technology and the availability of all super specialities and expertise under one roof, we are now able to provide comprehensive and personalized care to our patients. We believe that every patient deserves access to the best possible treatment and our goal is to make that a reality. The future of cancer care is constantly evolving, and we are proud to be at the forefront of these advancements.”
Commenting on the event, Dr. C N Patil, HOD and Lead Consultant – Medical Oncology & Haemato-Oncology, Aster CMI Hospital said “Chemotherapy has come a long way since its inception. In the past, it was seen as a one-size-fits-all approach to cancer treatment, but now we understand that every patient and every cancer is unique. With the advent of personalized medicine and targeted therapies, we are able to tailor treatment plans specifically for each patient, leading to improved outcomes and a better quality of life.”
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Ramesh Kumar S, CEO of Aster CMI Hospital said “Today marks a significant milestone for our hospital as we launch our initiative to provide advanced treatment and care under the AIIO umbrella in the Bangalore cluster. Our goal is to support the people in this community by offering the latest in medical technology and treatments, combined with a compassionate and patient-centered approach. We are proud to be a leader in healthcare and are committed to improving the lives of those in need.”