More than 1,000 cancer survivors recount their success stories.

For those who slip into a state of shock or indefinable fear the moment they were diagnosed of cancer, the cancer survivors said that self-confidence was the prerequisite for winning the battle against cancer.

Narrating their journey and celebrating the new lease of life on the occasion of National Cancer Survivors Day – 2014, hosted by Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (MGCHRI), they said that identifying cancer at an early stage helped bring their lives back on track.

On Sunday, more than 1,000 cancer survivors from different parts of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh assembled at Port Kalavani Auditorium to recount their success stories.

Lauding the efforts taken by the hospital staff, Chairman of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust M.T. Krishna Babu, who was the chief guest, emphasised on how early detection of cancer ensures better quality of life.

“Erasing the misconceptions about cancer and staying in touch with those who spread positive energy play a role in the battle against disease. With the Department of Atomic Energy inching forward with its plan to launch a super speciality cancer hospital in the city and another proposal of Rs.80 crore intensive oncology surgical block in the premises of KGH on the cards, people need not go far for cancer treatment,” the VPT chairman said.

Surgical oncologist and managing director of MGCHRI V. Muralikrishna said the programme was an outcome of six-month-long teamwork. In all probability, the event with a participation of more than 1,000 survivors is likely to find a place in Limca Book of World Records.

Among others, a team of radiation oncologists of MGCHRI, medical director Sitaramaswami and gynaecologist D. Jyoti also participated. Cultural programmes were presented on the occasion.

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