Hyderabad

Telugu version of English book 'I Am A Survivor' released

Actor Rakul Preet Singh, oncologist and director of Apollo Cancer Hospital Vijay Anand Reddy, former Test cricketer S.L. Venkatapathi Raju, and joint MD of Apollo Hospitals Sangeetha Reddy at the book release in the city on Sunday.

Actor Rakul Preet Singh, oncologist and director of Apollo Cancer Hospital Vijay Anand Reddy, former Test cricketer S.L. Venkatapathi Raju, and joint MD of Apollo Hospitals Sangeetha Reddy at the book release in the city on Sunday.  

English version of Telugu book on cancer released

In a symbolic gesture, five-year-old S. Sravani from Eluru, a cancer survivor, graced the occasion when Telugu version of the English book I Am A Survivor, authored by Vijay Anand Reddy, oncologist and director of Apollo Cancer Hospital, was released in the presence of actor Rakul Preet Singh and former Test cricketer S.L. Venkatapathi Raju among others on Sunday.

For the book talks of the stories of 108 of the 156 patients who were successfully treated by a medical team headed by Dr. Vijay Anand.

“I am one of those guys who hate to see a doctor and does not even prefer taking a tablet. So, I can understand the pain and agony of cancer patients. But the way these brave hearts conquered cancer, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Vijay, should be an inspiration to many to not lose hope in their own struggle against the disease,” Mr. Raju said.

Sangeetha Reddy, joint managing director of Apollo Hospitals, appreciated the efforts of Dr. Vijay’s team in bringing out the book which gives hope to thousands of cancer patients across India. “This is where I feel Apollo Hospitals stands apart from the rest as doctors make it a point to be more than a friend with a patient, bringing him or her back to normal life through treatment with a humane touch,” Dr. Sangeetha said.

On the occasion, Dr. Vijay thanked the top brass of Apollo and the publishers and the translator for bringing out the book in a language that helps thousands of cancer patients. “We make a conscious effort to first wipe off the fear factor among patients before we begin the treatment,” he said.

“What cancer cannot do is that it cannot cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, silence courage, invade one’s soul, steal life or conquer one’s spirit,” he said.

Ms. Rakul Preet commended the efforts of the doctors in bringing out a book that would give a fresh lease of life to millions of people.

“The book should be truly inspirational given the kind of journey the patients and the doctors have undergone through those testing times. Essentially, all the cancer patients should be more courageous in facing the challenges after reading this book for there is always life despite this,” she concluded.

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