On the occasion of World Cancer Day (February 4th), Fortis Cancer Institute undertook a distinctive approach to celebrate cancer survivors and inspire the patients who are recently diagnosed with cancer. A series of activities were held for cancer survivors and their caregivers to address the less discussed issues in cancer at Aasha, a cancer support group initiated by Fortis Cancer Institute, Bangalore.
Aasha, is a place for celebrating the courage and will power of cancer survivors and to inspire those who are recently diagnosed. At Aasha, a 90-minute interactive session is conducted with doctors, support group team and survivors which is followed by yoga session, session on power of healthy eating and concluded by some music therapy. As part of the session, cancer survivors and their caregivers also share their experiences of battling cancer to encourage the recently diagnosed cancer patients. Aasha would be an ongoing monthly activity which will be conducted with different patients each month with Yoga / Music sessions for them.
Dr. Niti Raizada, Director - Medical Oncology and Hemato-Oncology- Fortis Cancer Institute, said "On the occasion of World Cancer Day, we take the opportunity to introduce Aasha an initiative by Fortis Cancer Institute. This Cancer Support group will serve as a platform for cancer survivors as well as the cancer patients to understand the importance of healthy living with the help of yoga session, and a session on healthy eating. While, we also urge cancer survivors to share their journey of fighting cancer that would give hope and courage to the cancer patients and their care givers who are currently undergoing cancer treatment."
Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Mohan Keshavamurthy - Director - Department of Urology - Urology, Uro-oncology, Andrology - Transplant & Robotic Surgery, said, "It gives us immense pleasure to see our patients completely recovered and leading a healthy life. Through Aasha, we are able to meet our patients again and hear their stories of leading a happy and cancer free life. As we are putting the survivors and cancer patients both on the same platform, it will help encourage and motivate the recently diagnosed patients in their cancer journey."
To highlight the importance of therapy like yoga & music will also be a part of the session.
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