Eye Cancer can be fatal too
Kolkata, 1st February 2018: Cancer a real threat to modern healthcare is coming up with new challenges. World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. Sankara Nethralaya understands the need of the hour is creating awareness more and more. So to commemorate this day Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya organised a panel discussion on Ocular Oncology and its treatment. To spread awareness and minimise mortality from Eye cancer this initiative was taken.
The panel discussion was attended by Mr. Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Celebrated Actor; Dr. V. Ramanam, Deputy Medical Director, Tata Medical Centre; Dr. Bikramjit Pal, Ocular Oncology Expert, Sankara Nethralaya; Dr. Suchetana Mukherjee, Deputy Medical Director, Sankara Nethralaya Kolkata. While addressing the function Dr. Mukherjee said, “Cancer in Eye? A common question people asks with utter exclamation! Yes just like any other part of the body, eye can also develop cancer. So to combat Eye Cancer it is important that we should make ourselves aware. The Ocular Oncology Department at Sankara Nethralaya is a highly specialized and niche facility offering expert care in the treatment various cancerous tumours of the eye and surrounding structures. Children to elderly ones can develop eye cancer. On rare occasions eye can provide clues to cancers present in other parts of the body. When detected eye cancers can have variable results or prognosis , depending on how early its has been diagnosed. Prompt diagnosis can not only save the eye but can also save lives.”
On this occasion Dr. Bikramjit Pal said, “The most common eye cancer in children is called Retinoblastoma, occurring in children less than 5 years; although it can occur even in a new born. Common signs are an eye having a white appearing area inside the centre (pupil) or eyes not appearing straight (squint). Early recognition is important as this cancer spreads fast to other parts of the body leading to death. If it is diagnosed in early stages patient can be cured and lead a healthy life too. Unfortunately in our country due to lack of awareness most of the cases are diagnosed in advanced stage, in that case the eye may have to be removed to save the life. An artificial eye (with no vision) is then put which helps in a near normal appearing eye. Various treatments available are surgery, laser and chemotherapy.”
Adults and elderly patients can also have eye cancer. The most common eye cancer affecting elderly is called Metastasis: that is cancer which is present in other parts of body and has spread to the eye. Another most common cancer in elderly is called Melanoma. Both of these can be treated when diagnosed early. In some rare occasions, eye can provide clue to cancers present in other parts of the body.
“In India there are very few dedicated eye cancer treatment centres are exists, most of them in Southern part of India. Till date patients from Eastern India had to travel long distances for treatment, while lot of people could not afford it. Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya has set up a dedicated Ocular Oncology unit in the New Town hospital which has been treating eye cancer since April 2017. Till date many children and adults alike have been treated with various eye cancers. Aim of this unit has been to create awareness and provide quality care comparable to those available in our Sankara Nethralaya Chennai branch and worldwide. Treatment has been done irrespective of their financial capabilities with many patients receiving free treatment,” Ms. Akila Ganeshan, Director Administration, Sankara Nethralaya mentioned.
Sankara Nethralaya a pioneer in eye care has been serving quality eye services to people of West Bengal since 2002. With its new branch at New Town Rajarhat, Nethralaya strives to provide ethical and quality eye care to the city of joy.