25 June, 2021

“Need To Control Cancer As Much As Cure It”

Eminent oncologist, Dr V.P. Gangadharan on the need for prevention, early screening and detection to stem the surge of the ­disease in India.

Photograph by Sumesh Sivan
“Need To Control Cancer As Much As Cure It”
outlookindia.com
2016-10-21T16:30:00+05:30

Dr V.P. Gangadharan established the first medical oncology department in Kerala at the Regional Cancer Centre at Thiruvananthapuram and the first blood stem cell transplantation units in both government and private sectors in the state. He is 62 and holds postgraduate medical degrees in radiotherapy, internal medicine and medical oncology. He is the head of department of medical and paediatric oncology at the VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi. A prodigious writer of numerous articles in both ­national and international journals, he has also ­authored several chapters for medical textbooks. He has a keen interest in breast and gynaecological ­mal­­­i­gnancies and has ­received several awards for his work in oncology and in these areas. He speaks to Minu Ittyipe on the need for prevention, early screening and detection to stem the surge of the ­disease in India.

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