Howrah Hospital’s seminar on World Head and Neck Cancer Day


Kolkata: On the inaugural World Head and Neck cancer day observed on July 27, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah organized a multi disciplinary seminar to mark the day. The day has been designated by the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies (IFHNOS) and is being observed worldwide. At present, 51 Head & Neck Oncology societies of 53 countries of the world, including India have recognized this date. The emerging evidence and clinical practice in Head and Neck Cancer were discussed in this seminar.

The seminar was attended by noted doctors in the field of head and neck cancer from around the country with a participation of around 70 doctors. Along with head and neck oncologists, there were specialists from other related fields like onco surgeons, medical oncology,radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine and plastic surgeons to ensure that a holistic perspective on head and neck cancer was discussed.  Eminent panelists present from the hospital included Dr. Suman Mallik, Consultant, Radiation Oncology, Dr. Sourav Datta,Consultant, Head & Neck Surgery – Oncology, Dr. Rajdeep P Guha, ,Consultant, Head & Neck Surgery – Oncology,Dr. Arunansu Kar, Consultant, Medical Oncology, Dr. Jyotirup Goswami, Consultant, Radiation Oncology,amongst others. Dr Vikram Kekatpure, Senior Consultant – Head and Neck Oncology, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, one of the noted head and neck oncologists of the country was also present.

During the seminar, insights on various interesting case studies on oral and thyroid cancer treated in the hospital were shared. Apart from that emerging evidence on the causes of head and neck cancer was elaborated upon. Other interesting debates like voice preservation while treating laryngeal cancer, or the importance of plastic reconstruction in post operative head and neck surgery were part of the enlightening sessions.

This is the first year this day is being observed with the aim of drawing the world’s attention to the effective care and control of head and neck cancers. The objective is to prioritize cancers of oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, nasopharynx and larynx. Commenting on this initiative, Mr. Rakesh Verma, Facility Director, Naryana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrahsaid, “There is a glaring need for advocacy for strengthening health care system including introduction of community-based approaches for awareness, risks, prevention and early detection of head and neck cancer. This seminar is a drive towards the same along with an effort to enhance expertise of physicians by upgrading their knowledge and skills.”

Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah is an upcoming cancer institute in East aiming to provide comprehensive cancer care to patients across the Eastern region of India. The hospital believes that a cancer centre cannot simply focus on treatment, but should also target community awareness, health promotion, early diagnosis and specialist education. This effort is a part of their ongoing endeavor to inform and educate the public, as well as the medical fraternity about the latest advances in head-neck cancer prevention, detection and treatment.