SHILLONG, June 27: Traditional methods can cure Cancer but there is a need for awareness among the people regarding the disease, opined Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, J S R Marak at a â€˜Survivor Meet of Cancer Patientsâ€™ organized by State Cancer Society of Meghalaya (SCSM) and Joint Director of Health and Services (DHS) in collaboration with Civil Hospital, here on Wednesday.
Marak, who himself is a cancer patient, said, â€œThere is need to spread awareness among the people regarding the disease.â€
â€œIt is our fear and ignorance that lead to misconception of the disease and people thinks that is incurable,â€ Marak said adding â€œI myself was suffering from this chronic disease. I did a surgery in Civil hospital itself and now I am cancer free. Itâ€™s not only through scientific methods that the disease can be cured but also through traditional methods.â€
The program was aimed and organized to felicitate the entire cancer survivor patients and also provide a helping hand to the cancer patients who are still fighting with the disease.
Joint Director of Health and Services, Dr. A Marwein informed that cancer is a killer disease and most of the people who were suffering from the chronic disease have already passed away.
â€œNow the patients who are suffering from cancer should not panic or lose hope as cancer now is totally curable and there are medicals experts who can bring a change,â€ Marwein said.
She also said that this being a first of its kind initiative from the department, more and more awareness would be spread in the future regarding the disease.
Cancer patients present in the meet shared their feelings regarding the disease and its fear psychosis.
One patient said â€œat first I was very scared but I never lost hope.â€ â€œOne should believe in oneself and think positive and move ahead,â€ She said.
Another patient said that he was affected from the disease for the past 4 years. â€œI did my treatment in Civil Hospital, Shillong and now I am free from this disease although I still come for treatment till dateâ€ he added.
The program was attended by doctors and staff of Civil Hospital, cancer survivors, patients and people from different walks of life.