Message From President
My dear follow Members of the ISMPO,
At the onset, please accept my deepest gratitude for considering me for this hugehonour.I am truly
humbled and grateful.
This is our society - the only organization of Medical Oncologist's in the country.Please join hands with us
on the executive committee to strengthen the society,unite all medical oncologists and make the organization a force to reckon with.
This is truly exciting times for oncology in general and medical oncology in particularwith new discoveries happening, both at the lab level as well as in theclinical space at an amazing pace. It becomes the responsibility of ourorganization to keep our members updated on this progress, which we willactively plan to do as a priority.
Also,considering the fact that our country is going to have an increasing numbers of older cancer patients, one of the areas which I think needs strengthening is Geriatric Oncology. This will be one of my focus areas.
Another issue which I think should concern each one of us is the rising cost of cancertreatment. Today, we have available to us regimens which cost up to INR 2 laces per course! Whether such regimens are cost-effective in an emerging economicregion like ours, it indeed a matter of deep though, debate and discussion.With the "Ayushman Bharat" and similar government schemes for the management of cancer patients on the anvil, we need to seriously introspect on the cost-benefit of our treatment choices especially in our context.
All-in-all,we are a phase where medical oncology is advancing and developing at a phenomenal pace and is truly going places. Let us all get together under thebanner of the ISMPO and gear up to meet these new challenges. It is my earnestrequest to each one of you to contribute to the society, make more and more new members and be an active member of the same.
Look forwards to keeping in touch with each one of you and to serving the society to maximum.
Dr. Hemant Malhotra,
MD, FRCP (London), FRCP(Edinburgh), FACP (USA), ECMO, MNAMS, FUICC, FICP, FIMSA
President, IndianSociety of Medical & Pediatric Oncology (ISMPO) &
Senior Professor, Department of Medicine &
Head, Division of Medical Oncology,
RK Birla Cancer Center, SMS Medical College Hospital, Jaipur.
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