It is close to 3 decades now that Surgical Oncology emerged as an important specialty of surgical practice in India. First CME programme in Oncology was held by Tata Memorial Hospital in 1975 attended by 200 surgeons from all over the country. Success of this programme led Dr B Ramamurthy, the then President of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) to invite Dr Ashok Mehta to organize first CME in Oncology at Ahmedabad Conference in December 1975. Dr Ashok Mehta wrote to the ASI for starting Oncology Section of ASI after success of the CME. A resolution was passed and Oncology Section was created at the Annual ASI Conference in Delhi in 1976.Know More
Dear IASO members!
It gives me immense pleasure to put my message here before the esteemed body after being taken over as President of Indian Association of Surgical Oncology at NATCON IASO meeting held at Madurai from 6-9 October 2022. It is now a great and challenging job for me as my predecessor Dr R Toprani, who has already set up a very high level of benchmarks. Under his able leadership, lot of new things have been planned and executed, especially for the youngsters.
This year, I am blessed with a great team with a blend of age groups from young to experienced, fully energetic, dynamic clinicians, academicians & leaders, and we see lot of enthusiasm amongst youngsters. We hope this year also, we look forward to encouraging more to the young and budding oncosurgeons through advanced educational activities and fellowship programmes. We are committed to push our out-reach oncology educational and protocol-based management programmes in under-privileged oncology services areas through our eminent Zonal leaders. Our executive members are happy to take responsibilities for their respective zonal areas. IASO master class activities will go on with new and updated modules under the Leadership of our Chairperson Dr T. Subramanyeswar Rao. We request to all our students to attend and take advantage of on-going DNB MS classes by National Board Examination under the leadership of Dr S P Somashekhar.
We are entering in a new era where our Global relationships with SSO, ESSO, Detroit, BSSO is getting stronger and stronger. We must thank Dr Chandrakanth Are for his continued support and interest.
Let us be positive and join hands together to grow this association to a greater height.
Dr Prafulla K Das
MS, FGCRI, FUICC(Geneva)
President - IASO (2022-2023)
Senior Surgical Oncologist
Dean & Director (Academics)
Utkal Hospital Bhubaneshwar - 751021
Formerly Prof and Head, Surgical Oncology
AHPGIC Cuttack 2020
Past President Odisha Society of Oncology 2021
Department of Surgical Oncology
Cancer is the new epidemic of the millennium. The number of patients diagnosed with cancer in India per year is reaching to almost fifteen lakh and more than half of these patients are dying of cancer sooner or later. One of the main reasons for high mortality from cancer is non-availability of treating facilities across the country. Majority of these cancers are solid cancers, and surgery is an important part of the treatment and contributes significantly to the survival of the patient. For the country at large, proper training in cancer surgery and availability of trained man power in cancer surgery are real needs of the hour.
At present per year nearly 250 new cancer surgeons are getting trained all across India. There are many roadblocks for creation and maintenance of adequately trained manpower. This include issues like inadequate distribution of the training facilities in the country, non-uniformity of training modules across various institutions, lacunae in skill and knowledge updation of the practising surgical oncologists and lack of job security for the freshly passing out cancer surgeons. But our fraternity is blessed with certain privileges as well; so many of our senior peers are top leaders in oncology : many are heading various major institutes, many are members in committees deciding the curriculum of medical education and public health care in the country and many are involved in training a large number of surgeons in Surgical Oncology. I strongly feel that it is the responsibility of IASO is to connect these leaders ,who are also international stalwarts in surgical oncology , to young budding onco-surgeons and use their collective opinions, power and actions to create better environment for the younger onco-surgeons and cancer surgery in the country .
I think IASO now with the vibrant leadership is progressing further, and spreading its wing across India and abroad , by it’s efforts and also collaborating with many national and international associations . I am sure all these attempts are going to brighten the scope of specialty of Surgical Oncology in the country. I am happy that I got the mandate to serve this association in a key role and I assure you that surgical oncology will prevail.
Secretary, IASO, Regional Cancer Centre, Medical College PO, Trivandrum, Kerala 695 011