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World Cancer Day: yoga, ayurveda as alternative treatments?

The country's largest cancer treatment hospital has two ongoing studies — one on ayurvedic drugs and their impact on ovarian cancer patients and the other on the benefits of yoga for breast cancer patients.

World Cancer Day: yoga, ayurveda as alternative treatments?
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On the occasion of World Cancer Day, Tata Memorial Hospital announced that it will soon be looking out for two new alternatives for treating cancer. The country's largest cancer treatment hospital has two ongoing studies — one on ayurvedic drugs and their impact on ovarian cancer patients and the other on the benefits of yoga for breast cancer patients.

The doctors are having regular meetings with the officials from the Ministry of Ayush with regards to using ayurvedic medicines to treat cancer. According to Gupta, ayurvedic medicines can help cancer patients from relapse and side effects after chemotherapy.

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According to the Indian Council of Medical Research's National Institute, the number of cancer cases across the country has increased by 15 per cent. The most prominent cancer being breast cancer with 1,62,500 cases across India. It is followed by oral cancer and cervical cancer with 1,20,000 and 97,000 cases respectively. Other common types of cancer are lung, stomach and colorectal cancer. 

Notably, Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel is the national comprehensive cancer centre for the prevention, treatment, education and research in cancer and is recognized as one of the leading cancer centres in this part of the world. It is an autonomous body funded and controlled by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India which also oversees the administration of institute since 1962.

The Tata Memorial Hospital was initially commissioned by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust on February 28, 1941. It started with a mission to be known as a centre with enduring value for the Indian people. The current Director of the hospital is Dr. Rajendra A Badwe. 

According to experts, the best way to prevent cancer would be by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding tobacco. They further suggest getting regular medical check-ups done. 

Also Read: Scientists from IIT-Bombay have developed a cheaper technology to cure cancer


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