Apollo Hospitals, Delhi, organized an event, ‘Celebrating Life’, to commemorate ‘Cancer Survivor’s Day’. More than 50 cancer patients attended the event held at the hospital premises. ‘Celebrating Life’ acknowledged the never-say-die spirit of cancer patients who have survived the disease against all odds.
Dr Harsh Dua, Sr Consultant Oncology at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals said: “Due to the latest advances in cancer research, cancer is looked upon without dread just like any other disease. We want society to realize this fact and integrate this positive approach towards life in interactions with cancer patients, thereby improving the mental, physical and qualitative aspects of patients’ lives.” Living with cancer has a number of important aspects. The disease affects the finances, relationships, emotional state and even the daily routine of patients. Despite all this, it’s not necessary that everyone who gets cancer will die from it. There are many people with cancer who have undergone treatment successfully. For such patients, their cancer is an ongoing health problem that can be controlled by strictly following the treatment regimen.
During the two-hour long event, patients spoke about their single-minded journey from despair to hope after their cancer was diagnosed. As a wave of spreading positivity a Hasya Kavi Sammelan was organized where noted humourist Surinder Sharma and others participated. All the cancer survivors were felicitated for their irrepressible passion for life that ensured they did not lose hope. Highlighting the magic that science has performed in the field of oncology or cancer treatment, a magic show was also part of the event.