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City doctor honoured at world meet
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 1
The chief of gynaecological oncology at the local Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Dr Veena Jain, has done the city proud by getting travelling scholarship from the International Gynaecology Cancer Society at the 11th biennial conference of the society at Santa Monica, California, in the USA for her contribution in the field of gynae-oncology.

Dr Jain presented her paper on “neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in early stage bulky carcinoma cervix” at the meet. It was highly appreciated by the international faculty. This type of treatment plan of carcinoma cervix, she remarked in her presentation, was a good alternative to traditional management with chemo-radiation, especially in low resource countries with constraints on financial resources and limited availability of radiotherapy equipment.

She also presented papers on “experience with radical hysterectomy in early stage carcinoma cervix at Oswal hospital in Northern India” and “anterior exenteration in urethral adeno-carcinoma in females — a rare clinical entity”, which she had co-authored.

Interacting with mediapersons here today, Dr Jain said gynaecological cancers comprised 40 per cent of all cancers in women. Cancer of the mouth of uterus (cervical cancer) was the most common cancer in developing countries. Approximately five lakh new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed every year globally, with one lakh new cases being diagnosed in India alone. In other words, every fifth woman suffering from cancer uterine cervix was an Indian.

Cervical cancer, she maintained, was a preventable disease and annual PAP smear screening had brought down marked reduction in the occurrence of this cancer in the developed world. With the availability of the HPV vaccine, the focus from early detection had now shifted to prevention of occurrence of the disease.

“The vaccine is commercially available for public use in USA. The target population is adolescent girls prior to onset of sexual activity, where three injections at an interval of six months are recommended.”

According to her, ovarian carcinoma, the dreaded cancer of female genital tract was still a challenge for gynae-oncologists. The major issues, still difficult to manage in this potentially fatal disease, were an early detection of disease, chemotherapy resistance and recurrences. The various screening modalities available for detection of early ovarian cancer at present had low specificity and sensitivity.

These tests were not recommended for screening of general population at present. Though 70-80 per cent of patients responded to primary line of treatment, more than 50 per cent suffered recurrence.

Dr Jain added that the latest research in this field had been directed towards prevention of recurrence by way of consolidation chemotherapy in this group. “Newer drug developments are targeted towards those 20-30 per cent patients, who fail to respond to available primary mode of therapy. Patient participation in clinical trials is an important aspect for development of newer drugs and evaluate their efficacy and toxicity.”



5-kg tumour removed from woman's abdomen
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 1
Doctors at S.A.S. Grewal Superspeciality Hospital here have removed a 5-kg tumour from the abdomen of a woman. The marathon surgery on the woman was conducted by Dr Sarbjit Kaur Grewal, Chief Gynaecologist in the hospital. The patient is recovering and may soon be discharged.

Dr Sarbjit Kaur told Ludhiana Tribune that the 42-year-old woman was complaining of abdominal discomfort and distension for quite some time. She said it was progressively increasing and becoming more and more painful. The patient had consulted several doctors, but had not been diagnosed properly.

Later, a big mass, weighing about 5 kg, was traced near her uterus and ovaries. Ultimately, Dr Sarbjit Kaur decided to conduct a surgery that took about two hours.

Dr Sarbjit Kaur said the patient was feeling quite relieved. She was recovering at a normal rate.



Pulse Polio drive on Nov 12
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 1
The field staff and senior officials of the Health department here are all set for the Pulse Polio drive which is to be held in the district on November 12. More than 5.39 lakh children between the age group of 0-5 years will be vaccinated against the crippling disease.

Stating this here today, Dr Yash Pal Singla, Civil Surgeon, informed that a district-level workshop would be organised here on November 2 to issue necessary directions to the field and supervisory staff. The workshop would be held in two sessions with service providers and respective senior medical officers from five primary health centres taking part in separate groups.

In addition, the workshop will also be attended by all SMOs from subdivisions and representatives of all major private hospitals in the district to ensure the complete success of the polio vaccination campaign. Senior officials from the state health directorate and consultants of WHO will address the workshop.

According to Dr Singla, as many as 2100 polio booths would be set up in the entire district and volunteers were being recruited from other government departments, private health institutions and NGOs for deployment on these booths.



Inter-school hockey meet from November 10
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 1
The eighth Inter-School Divali Hockey Tournament will begin at the Guru Nanak Stadium of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, from November 10. The tournament is organised in memory of late founder president of the college, Dr Ishwar Singh.

According to Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal of the college, Punjab Public School, Rupalon, Government Senior Secondary School, Shahpur (Ludhiana), Government High School, Ghaloti, Nankana Sahib Public School, Rampur, Government Senior Secondary School, Doraha, Nankana Sahib Public School, Kilaraipur, Government Senior Secondary School, Kaddon, Government Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, RS Khalsa High School, Jaspalon, Government Senior Secondary School, Jatana, Malwa Senior Secondary School, Model Gram (Ludhiana), MS Gill Senior Secondary School, Dhamot, Government Senior Secondary School, Payal, Government Senior Secondary School, Rampur, Akal Academy, Dhindsa, and Shakti Public School, Doraha, are expected to participate in the tournament.

Prof R.S. Pali, chairman of the tournament organising committee, said the winner team and the runners-up would be given mementoes and cash prizes of Rs 3,100 and Rs 2,100, respectively.



Cricket tourney starts today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 1
Teams from five zones will take part in the sixth All-India United India Insurance Company Limited Cricket Tournament to be held at Punjab Agricultural University ground here from November 2 to 7.

According to Mr C.S. Tandon, Chief Regional Manager, United India Insurance Company, Mr C.P.R. Verma, Deputy General Manager of the company, will inaugurate the tournament on November 2 at 10.30 am, while Mr S. Sundresan, General Manager, will be the chief guest at the prize distribution function on November 7.



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