BANGALORE: A number of programmes were organised in the city to mark the World Cancer Day on Saturday. While some hospitals organised walkathons to create awareness on cancer and demonstrated the technological advancement to fight the disease, others announced various schemes to arrest the development of cancer among patients.
Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre and Mallya Institute also organised a walkathon which was flagged off by Governor H R Bhardwaj.
A scheme called ‘Women and V’ which aims to provide enterprising solution to the common breast cancer in women was also launched.
SBF Healthcare and Research Centre Pvt Ltd Founder Wing Commander Dr V G Vasishta, also a former head of the Department of Radio Diagnosis, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Indian Air Force, Bangalore, spoke on the benefits of Sequentially Programmed Magnetic Field (SPMFTM) Therapy, a technology which produces highly complex sequentially programmed magnetic fields, which are computer controlled and precisely focused on the target tissues with the help of laser guides. These are non-thermal, non-ionising and have no known side effects.
There are different pre-programmed treatment protocols which the doctor decides for each patient based on the location and grade of the tumour and the stage of the disease, he said.
Dr Vasishta conducted a cancer trial at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Indian Air Force, Bangalore. In this trial, all patients had undergone the regular treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
They were on palliative care and had volunteered for the treatment.
Over 60 per cent of the patients, who were given time from a few weeks to a few months to survive by their oncologists, survived for longer periods and even resumed their routine work, he claimed.
HCG Ltd hospiatls, in association with The Art of Living, organised a walkathon, to create awareness on the disease.
Smoke-free Zones in City Hotels
Bruhat Bangalore Hotel Owners Association announced a customer-friendly initiative to introduce smoking restrictions in hotels and restaurants. Part of the initiative by the association, ‘Smoke-Free Zones’ would be created in city hotels to protect non-smokers from getting affected by the ill effects of tobacco consumption. The creation of these zones would start in Bangalore and gradually expanded to other parts of the State.
The association president Vasudeva Adiga, said that the guidelines of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) would informed to the customers. “We will put placards and sign boards in prominent spaces of the hotels and restaurants in this regard.
There will be smoking zones, which is an area separated and well ventilated, so that the smoke doesn’t enter the Smoke-Free zone,” he said.
Ashish Kothari, President of the Association of Bars and Restaurants said that the COTPA rules would also be introduced in bars and pubs also and preparations would begin soon.
Manoranjan Hegde, DHO, BBMP, said that in January 2012 alone, the civic body has collected `70,000 as fine from those smoking in public places.