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Speakers highlight reasons to cancer, solutions
Speakers highlight reasons to cancer, solutions

LAHORE: (Friday, January 31, 2020): On the second day of International Conference of Research on Oncology and Cancer Sciences (IC-ROCS)-2020 and Pakistan Cancer Awareness Program (P-CAP), the scientists have highlighted in detail various reasons that cause cancer in human bodies and how various types of cancers can be treated. The opening session was inaugurated by Punjab University Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Saleem Mazhar at University College of Pharmacy, Allama Iqbal Campus. Dean Faculty of Pharmacy and Principal Prof. Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari, Prof. Dr. Khalid Hussain, Prof. Dr. Farooq Afzal, Prof. Dr. Abul- Fazal, Shaikh Zaid Hospital Head of Surgery and President SOS-PK Prof. Dr. Haroon Javed Majeed, MPA Sadia Suhail, Punjab Govt’s focal person Muhammad Madni, Dr Zeeshan Danish, scientists, faculty members and researchers from different institutions participated in the event. Prof. Dr. Farooq Afzal delivered a talk on cancer care and early detection of the disease and warned that if cancer was not detected earlier, it could cause serious life threatening problems for the patients. Prof. Dr. Abul- Fazal talked about red signals of cancer and explained that how different signs and symptoms of the patients highlight this disease and why screening of different body organs was important to prevent it from spreading all over human body. Prof. Dr. Haroon Javed Majeed said that they have regular tumor board meetings at Shaikh Zayed Hospital where cases were presented before multidisciplinary team of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and pharmacists where the best possible strategy was advised to cancer patients. He added that Dr. Zeeshan Danish also became the member the board and we will get maximum benefits from his expertise to diagnose our cancer patients in Shaikh Zaid Hospital. Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar said that pharmacy profession has a great potential to grow and it was the need of the time. He added that such healthy activities and innovative ideas for disease awareness would surely motivate the students to be competent pharmacists in future. He thanked all consultant oncologists/cancer scientists and researchers to be the part of this event and advised young pharmacists to gain maximum learning from the scientists who were presenting their research and shared their experiences. The speakers also lauded efforts of Dr. Danish to bring his idea of P-CAP in reality for spreading awareness among general public at large and cancer patients to save their lives. A fruitful panel discussion was conducted to answer the questions of the participants.