Mangaluru: The fifth anniversary celebrations of Mangalore Institute of Oncology, a speciality cancer hospital was held on May 17.The programme commenced with the welcoming of dignitaries Dr. Suresh Rao, Director, MIO; Sri Ananthakrishna, former chairman, Karnataka Bank; Dr. Jallaluddin Akbar, Surgical Oncology, MIO and Dr. Sanath Kumar Hegde, Radiation Oncology, MIO on stage. The welcome speech was given by Bhaskar, Media co-ordinator, MIO.
The evening began with the unveiling and welcoming of Sri Ananthakrishna as the Honorary President of Mangalore Institute of Oncology. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Suresh Rao, Director, MIO said the Mangalore Institute of Oncology was a super speciality cancer hospital built to provide awareness, educate, manage and research about cancer for the coastal region of Karnataka and around it. It is the second largest hospital dedicated to the treatment of cancer in Karnataka.
"Earlier, people from Mangalore had to travel long distances for treatment of cancer. Since the opening of Mangalore Institute of Oncology, with its expertise and technology, nearly 18,000 patients have been treated in a short time," said Dr. Suresh Rao. He went on to say that with approximately 3500 cases having been treated last year, the hospital today is one of the leading hospitals in Karnataka.
Speaking about cancer treatment, he said that proper diagnosis was required and the treatment fully depended on it. Recognising this, MIO installed a state of the art PET-CT, the most confirmatory non-invasive imaging system in 2014. In addition to this LINAC (Linear Accelerator Arc) Machine which helps in radiation treatment was installed in MIO which was the second of its type in India. Speaking about their speciality, today, MIO is the only hospital in Karnataka to use stereotactic radio surgery and body radiation therapy and cure advanced lung, brain and pancreatic cancer. Ending his talk, he thanked all the doctors, nursing, technologists and the overall team at MIO for their dedicated service to bring the institute to this level and their continued support.
Sri Ananthakrishna, speaking on MIO noted how the hospital had been a huge help for patients in and around Mangalore and all of India. He said that there were 18 lakh cancer patients in India according to a recent survey, but it is expected to come down in the coming years.
Talking about taking up the post of Honorary President, he said that he had recently retired from the post of the chairman at Karnataka Bank and while he was at home was thinking how he could help the society, Dr. Suresh Rao and his committee members approached him to take up the post and guide them.
This was followed by some questions by the audience which was answered by the doctors present.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Sanath Kumar Hegde.