Specialists deliberate on tech-friendly treatment

Specialists deliberate on tech-friendly treatment
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The national level conference on ‘Cancer of the Larynx (voice box)’, which was hosted by Foundation for Head-Neck Oncology (FHNO) South East Zone and organised by The Apollo Cancer Institute, Hyderabad at the premises of the Hospital concluded on Saturday.

Cancer of Larynx

The national level conference on ‘Cancer of the Larynx (voice box)’, which was hosted by Foundation for Head-Neck Oncology (FHNO) South East Zone and organised by The Apollo Cancer Institute, Hyderabad at the premises of the Hospital concluded on Saturday.

One of the invited guest speakers, Dr Murad Lala, a Head & Neck cancer surgeon from Mumbai, gave a stirring account of his memorable journey to the summit of Mt Everest and enthralled the audience during the Valedictory function of the conference.

Talking about his extra-ordinary accomplishment Dr Lala said, “Trekking the Everest is by no means an easy task. My team and I set out from Kathmandu on April 1, 2013 and set foot at the world's highest peak, at 29,035 feet, on May 19, 2013 at 9.10 am.”

He said that walking through mounds of ice was daunting. Right through it was risky as anything could happen anytime, an avalanche or a boulder of ice could come down rolling. “But on reaching the peak there was no bound to the joy of accomplishing my childhood dream of scaling the Mount Everest,” he added.

“Cancer of the Larynx, referred to as throat cancer in lay-man terms, is one of the common cancers affecting males in the country and comprises nearly 10-15 per cent of all cancers,” informed Dr Umanath Nayak, Head & Neck cancer surgeon, Apollo Cancer Institute.

Nearly 1.2 lakh new throat cancer cases are diagnosed annually in India. “The disease not only presents challenges in treatment, but also in rehabilitation of these patients as there are major effects on speech and swallowing following treatment,” he added.

The Head & Neck department of Apollo Hospitals has been in the forefront in managing and in rehabilitation of these patients through their unique concept of 'The Laryngectomee Society' - a self-help survivor group of throat cancer victims.

In addition, latest treatment modalities such as Laser surgery and Robotic surgery are being used by the doctors in the department to treat early cancers with minimal side-effects.

Over 100 doctors specialising in this area deliberated on the latest technologies and treatment options currently available for managing cancer of the Larynx at the conference.

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