Bangkok Hospital Phuket, in association with the Thai Breast Disease Society and Vachira Phuket Hospital organised the national Cancer Care Conference from February 21 to 23 at the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket and Bangkok Hospital Phuket.
Prof Dr Tanaphon Maipang, Secretary-General to the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand and Chairman of the Thai body of cancer surgeons, presided over the opening ceremony, while Dr. Kongkiat Kespechara, CEO of Bangkok Hospital Phuket, delivered a welcome speech to all participants.
As to the objectives of this conference, Dr. Kongkiat Kespechara noted that Bangkok Hospital Phuket had accorded the utmost importance to sharpening the medical and nursing body of knowledge through constant research and studies of medical diagnoses and treatments, along with the use of ever-changing technology.
This has given birth to the Cancer Care Conference, which was held in cooperation with a comprehensive subspecialities panel representing the most distinguished universities and hospitals nationwide.
There have been seminars and upbeat exchange of knowledge and experience among those in charge of cancer patient care, along with a live surgery demonstration of breast cancer by a panel of breast and endocrine surgeons from Ramathibodi Hospital, the Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University.
The event aimed to increase academic knowledge about cancer care for those doctors, nurses and related medical professionals for further application in their respective areas in the betterment of cancer patient care. The conference attendance was impressive and amounted to more than one hundred from throughout the country.
Dr Kongkiat added that cancer has become increasingly threatening worldwide, including Thailand. It is a silent health threat common among working-age and senior people, and has been one of the foremost causes of global mortality for over a decade, for instance, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer.
Latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that by 2030 cancer patients will increase to 21.4 million. By then, knowledge and expertise sharing among relevant medical professionals will be of vital importance in more effective screenings, diagnosis and healing for timely cancer treatment and a better quality of life.
Dr Attawut Chuathong, Director of the Oncology Center, Bangkok Hospital Phuket emphasised the full readiness of medical service and technology to provide state-of-the-art cancer screenings and diagnosis, treatment, operations, and chemotherapy through a dedicated multi-disciplinary approach from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and cancer genetics specialists over the course of treatment.
Bangkok Hospital Phuket is part of the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) group, the largest hospital network in Southeast Asia.
It opened in 1995 and has now fully attained a tertiary care level supported by a broad range of medical subspecialities and cutting-edge technology, as well as guaranteed by Thailand’s HA standards and JCI International accreditation from USA.
As one of its key missions, the hospital has continuously promoted medical research and academic activities related to medical and nursing services so that it will eventually become a ‘Medical Center of Choice in the ASEAN Community by 2015’. For more information, visit phukethospital.com