Management of Cancer in Countries with Limited Resources, Second Regional Symposium

on September, 2007 at GMC Srinagar

As part of its commitment to bring advanced health care to the people of the region, at a cost they can afford, HSSH & CC, in collaboration with leaders in oncology from South Asia and abroad, conducts an annual symposium to discuss managing cancer in a limited resource setting. The symposium titled- Management of Cancer in Countries with Limited Resources, has been a great success and already several recommendations have been framed. The Second Regional Symposium was attended by national and international faculty who discussed the latest modalities in the management of cancer and simultaneously addressed the proper utilization of these modalities in our setting.
The conference highlighted the increasing incidence of cancer and the lack of resources to tackle it. It also highlighted the importance of rational use of diagnostic modalities and treatment protocols.
Amongst the international faculty were world renowned expert on palliative care, Dr. Tanveer Mir, USA, who highlighted the general principles of palliative care and their application in a resource constrained setting.
Also amongst the international faculty were Dr. Farooq Khan, USA who delivered a special talk on conducting research in developing countries.
Amongst the national speakers were renown oncologists from prominent institutions across India including RGCI, AIIMS, JNMC, Artemis, MAMC New Delhi and others.
The conference ended with an open forum to discuss the means to tackle cancer in a country where cancer control is not a priority. The open forum began with presentations by experts on the scale of the problem in the region, followed by an open discussion on what could be done to tackle the problem.
A report and recommendations of the conference will follow soon.