Chandigarh, February 4
The Department of Radiotherapy, PGIMER, Chandigarh proposes to hold an Open House for college students on World Cancer Day – 4th February 2020. Students from the city can visit the Department to get first hand information on various modes of treatment available for cancer. Volunteers from the department will guide the students and answer their questions. Students can book their time slots between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. by contacting the office (0172-2756391).
World Cancer Day is observed every year on 4th of February, led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The aim is to raise awareness of cancer for prevention, detection and treatment. The primary goal is to significantly reduced illness and death caused by cancer. Multiple initiatives are run by all United Nations members around the world. The Department of Radiotherapy, as a Regional Cancer Centre, observes this day by holding awareness camps, exhibitions, public lectures and seminars. This year, the ‘Open House’ is organized to raise awareness, target misinformation and reduce stigma. The theme is ‘I am and I will’.
It would be pertinent to know that PGIMER has been treating cancer patients for more than half a century. An independent Department of Radiotherapy was established in 1971. The Department practices Clinical Oncology and has been upgraded to a Regional Cancer Centre in 2005. Cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy in this department. An independent Medical Oncology OPD is functioning since 2018. The number of patients registered and treated is steadily increasing. Along with providing effective treatment, the department continues to perform its role in cancer control by emphasizing on primary and secondary prevention.