Experts Worried About Rising Liver Cancer Mortality – The New Indian Express
CUTTACK: Even though liver cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is becoming a serious public health problem in the country, detecting the cancer at an advanced stage makes treatment difficult and many lives are lost in the process.
Health experts, who gathered at a two-day conference on “Guidelines for the Management of HCC in India”, organized by the Indian National Association for the Study of the Liver (INASL) in Puri , have expressed their concern over the increase in liver cancer mortality in the country.
“Over 80% of liver cancer patients typically present for treatment at intermediate and advanced stages. If cancer is detected at an early stage, there are ways to manage it effectively. With majority reports in advanced stages, it is important to formulate strategies for their management, and thus save lives,” said Prof SP Singh, HCC Task Force Leader.
Attending the conference, Prof. Dr. Vinod K Paul, a member of NITI Aayog, expressed concern over the rising mortality rate due to chronic liver diseases. “Sufficient health infrastructure has been created by the central government. Despite this, around 2.72 million people die every year in India from cirrhosis of the liver,” Paul said, calling on experts to find ways to reduce deaths and advise the government on what needs to be done. made to improve the condition of patients with liver cancer. in the intermediate and advanced stages.
Many new drugs and therapeutic interventions have emerged to treat liver cancer. It should be a combined effort of physicians (hepatologist), radiation oncologist, liver surgeon, transplant surgeon, medical oncologist and nuclear medicine, said Professor Singh, and added that the aim of the meeting was to formulate standardized guidelines for the treatment and management of HCC. .
No less than 35 experts from across the country participated in the meeting chaired by the Chairman of the HCC Task Force, Dr. Subrat Kumar Acharya. A member of the task force, Dr. Manoj Kumar Sahu of Apollo Hospital coordinated the conference.