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Kolkata gets to host prestigious global head-and-neck cancer meet

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The world’s best brains in head-and-neck oncology treatment will congregate in the city this Friday for the three-day International Federation of head-and-neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) world tour. It is one of the most important oncology events globally. It provides a platform for exchange of ideas on the latest treatment options, evidence-based guideline on treatment procedures and preventive oncology.

“There will be around 500 delegates from across the globe. The meet will have activities such as exchange of information, panel discussions and talks on latest treatment procedures in head-and-neck cancer,” said Gautam Mukhopadhyay, chief patron of the Foundation for head-andneck Oncology (FHNO) organizing committee.

Organised by the West Bengal head-and-neck Society (WBHNS), the world tour — that will feature the 18th national meet of FHNO — will have speakers discussing various types of cancers of the headand-neck, advanced radiotherapy and latest surgical procedures.

“I am happy that the city is going to host such an important international meet. I believe doctors in the city will gain a lot from their international counterparts,” said Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state for health West Bengal. She will be the chief guest at the meet.

WBHNS was set up in July this year by doctors from government and private sectorsto bring about a proper structure in the treatment of headand-neck cancers and work on their prevention. “The most predominant cancers of men in the state are of the headand-neck regions. Experts at the meet can help shed light on better methods of treatments,” said Sourav Datta, organizing secretary, FHNO and IFHNOS.

Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), Kolkata, records about 1,000 new head-and-neck cancer cases every year. The state, however, lacks a proper registry to bring forth the actual burden. “The rise in such cases is a cause for concern. We need a concerted effort to tackle this menace. This conference should help us in this direction,” said Dr Aniruddha Dam from head-and-neck cancer department at CNCI.

Source: Times of India

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