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Published May 14, 2022
~ Bladder cancer is the 9th most common cancer in the world ~
New Dilli : This month, Bladder Cancer Awareness, Medica Group of Hospitals, the largest private hospital chain in East India, announced on Friday, May 13, the establishment of a “Bladder Cancer Support Group” for bladder cancer survivors at Superspecial Medica Hospital. At the event Dr. Abhay Kumar, head of urology, surgical oncology and robotic surgery at Medica Superspecialty Hospital, highlighted some myths and facts along with symptoms that could indicate bladder cancer. The event also witnessed some real-life heroes who fought cancer, resisted all obstacles, including social pressures and economic adversity, and still did not end. Following the announcement, the cancer survivors organized a cultural program for the participants.
The hour-long event and interactive sections took the audience through clinically oriented topics, from defining the symptoms of this cancer to the technical aspects of managing it for well-being.
Why raise awareness for bladder cancer? 1. West Bengal is one of the leading countries with bladder cancer in India 2. Invasive bladder cancer affects 430,000 individuals annually 3. Approximately 2.7 million people worldwide now have bladder cancer 4. History of tobacco smoking , industrial exposure to potential carcinogens such as aromatic amines and carbon black dust and prolonged drinking of arsenic-contaminated or chlorinated water exposes individuals to a higher risk
On this occasion, Dr. Abhay Kumar, head of urology, surgical oncology, robotic surgery, Medica Superspecialty Hospital, said: “Don’t go to the doctor, this is the theme of this year’s bladder cancer awareness, which aims to overcome the shame in our lives. We are often too uncomfortable to discuss or seek professional help because the symptoms are similar to a urinary tract infection. Due to a lack of information, India alone reports almost 20,000 new cases each year. If these types of cancer are detected early, they are treatable, but there is a risk of recurrence of the tumor, which requires regular monitoring. “
He added: “Bladder cancer is a common cancer and treatment requires long-term monitoring, which causes a lot of anxiety for people and families, which increases stress. In order for caregivers to have a perceived mental state of the patient, they must provide great support. As a result, there is a need for a support group that does not exist very well in East India. As a result, we set up this support group in honor of the month of bladder cancer awareness to help patients and caregivers understand the disease, treatment and outcomes. It will seek to create a forum for bladder cancer survivors where they can gather and share their stories and concerns, giving them the feeling that they are not alone. ”
While Medica, the fastest growing medical group in East India, plans to set up a world-class cancer facility in Kolkata with excellent doctors, it also believes that simply acquiring cutting-edge technologies will not provide 360-degree access to care. That’s why Medica has included a “Bladder Cancer Support Group” in its cancer care. As a show of solidarity with those who fought and defeated cancer, Medica proudly introduced more than thirty patients who survived bladder cancer and organized a cultural program for them and for them.
Mr. Devprasad GhoshA 76-year-old former official of the West Bengal Electricity Council has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Examination revealed that one of his kidneys was not working properly. A radical cystectomy was performed to remove his bladder, as well as a left nephrectomy, a left kidney, and a small hole in the abdomen to replace the bag in which the urine came from and stored (stoma or ileal conduit in the medical language). The operations and the recovery period were extremely successful. He now lives a healthy lifestyle without complications.
Mr. Biswanath Dey, a resident of Howrah, was first diagnosed with hematuria, or blood in his urine. However, the examination also revealed that he had a bladder tumor for which he underwent endoscopic treatment with transurethral resection of the bladder tumor (TURBT). After receiving the biopsy results, he was found to have bladder cancer, due to which Dr. Abhay Kumar and his team performed a reconstruction of the Neoblader, a surgical procedure to build a new bladder. Now he has recovered and is doing well in life.
Mr. Kartik Chandra Ghosh, a police officer, had 15 years of bladder cancer. He was treated from 2003 to 2009. Then, in 2016, bladder cancer returned. He was destroyed. He was then subjected to cystoscopy and TURBT surgery. (Turboscopy and cystoscopy) After four years of regular check-ups, he is now completely fit and healthy.
Mr. Romen Mukherjee was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent ileal conduit surgery by radical cystectomy (removal of the bladder and implantation of the bladder outside the abdomen). He is now fully recovering after chemotherapy and regular follow-up.
The survivors shared their experiences at Medica and highlighted the equipment the hospital provides to alleviate the already stressful cancer treatment experience. Lively performances were prepared to entertain the guests, which appealed to both staff and patients. Medica employees are aware of the value of community and support, and the success of the event has been largely due to this promising support group, which has found a new zest for life.