Cancer Day Press Meet 2018
On the eve of 4th February World Cancer Day, United Hospital organized a Press Meet in the hospital to discuss Cancer Awareness, Detection & Treatment as a Cumulative Effort in Bangladesh Context. Representatives from press & TV media, eminent social activists, female development organizers and celebrity writers were present in the program.
To commemorate World Cancer Day, United Hospital declared a specially discounted rate of Fifty Thousand Taka for doing PET CT Scan test for early cancer detection & treatment during whole month of February, which is 20thousand taka less than the earlier amount. The hospital also highlighted the special scheme of 50% reduced rate of whole radiotherapy course for financially insolvent patients at as minimum as 70,000 taka; for cancer screening tests the hospital is also offering 20-50% discounted rate package.
United Hospital Cancer Care Centre has the only Medical Cyclotron in Bangladesh to produce FDG, the raw material for PET CT tests which they supply to government and non-government health care centres; saving cost & foreign currency as it was initially imported from neighbouring country India. Further Dr Ashim Sengupta gave a presentation highlighting the unique benefits of the centre which none else in the country has, like True Beam facility, PET CT based planning for radiation and Respiratory Gating for lungs, breast and liver cancer, were also elaborated in the program. In addition to the unique patient friendly and cost saving treatments of United Hospital Cancer Care Centre, it also provides training to the medical physicists of the country to build a stronger knowledgeable workforce to diagnose & treat cancer; in last two years, more than 150 such Medical Physicists and students of Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka University, Savar Gano Bishwabidyalaya, CMH, Military Institute of Science & Technology, have received training.
Dr Shagufa Anwar, Chief of Communication & Business Development, emphasized on the need to be aware of the cancer alert signs so that anyone can seek medical help at the soonest, as early detection can save lives in most of the cancers. Ms Chayanika Chowdhury, eminent TV Drama director & writer urged all in society to be empathetic & compassionate for cancer sufferers. Ms Farzana Brownia, Social Activist & founder of Swarno Kishori foundation, expressed her strong desire to spread awareness among the adolescent girls across the schools in all the Upazilla of the country. Mrs Mahtabun Nesa, President of Dhaka Mohanagar Mohila Parishad, pledged to make the women at grass root level aware of cancer symptoms through her organization.