Update on oncology programme held in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/23/2019 11:45:29 AM IST

Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) in collaboration with Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati had organised a CME on the topic “An update in oncology’” on November 22 at Hotel Japfii, Kohima. 

The programme was attended by four guest speakers, department of surgical oncology, BBCI Gaurav Das who spoke on the topic “Management of gastric cancer” where he stated that the incidence rates were highest in the country with number of 50.2/100,000 in Papumpare district, 43.9 / 100,000 in Aizawl, 26.2/100,000 in Nagaland and 14.1/100,000 in Kamrup Urban. He pointed out that the main risk factors acquired are in diets like high salts, nitrates, low vitamin A and C, smoked and salt cured food, lack of refrigeration, occupational like rubber and coal workers, cigarette smoking, H. pylori prior gastric surgery for benign disease EBV, radiation exposure. Other modifiable risk factors are alcohol, excess consumption of salted fish, pickled vegetables and cured meat. 

Department of radiation oncology, BBCI Partha Pratim Medhi also spoke on management of nasopharyngeal cancer and update on oncology where he mentioned that according to Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) data from the National Cancer Registry Programme of India, between 2012-2014, Nagaland recorded the highest Age Adjusted Incidence Rates (AARs) for NPC in both males and females. The top 10 cancer registries recording highest AARs for NPC are from the North Eastern states of India. 

A high incidence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma has been reported from Nagaland, wherein a matched case-control study using neighbourhood controls was conducted, with 47 cases, and 2 apparently healthy neighbourhood controls were matched for age, sex and ethnicity. 

Department of medical oncology, BCCI Rakesh Mishra also spoke on the topic “Approach to management of advanced lung cancer” and department of palliative medicine BBCI Kabindra Bhagabati spoke on “The use of opioids in cancer pain management and insight into palliative care”.

Principal director DH & FW, Nagaland Vikeyie Losu in his welcome address mentioned that he was very grateful to B. Borooah Cancer Institute, one of the oldest cancer hospital in Northeast which had been helping the Naga cancer patients in the past years.

NHAK medical superintendent Visasie-ü Kire gave the introductory note earlier and managing director (NHAK) Thorhusie Katiry gave the vote of thanks.

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