On the eve of Children’s Day, Apollo Cancer Hospital hosted a colourful celebration with Child Cancer Survivors and actress Rakul Preet Singh. The survivor children in costumes of Chota Bheem look alike, presented a theme show, where they defeated the cancer demon. The show sent the strong message of cancer being conquerable, to the audience mostly comprising of children afflicted of cancer and their parents. “These tiny cancer survivors are the real heroes. In the recent years cancer treatment has made enormous advances and the best doctors, technology and hospitals are all available to treat cancer. Therefore anyone with cancer patients and their relatives need not worry. Early detection can facilitate treatment of cancer with ease, she added. I am really moved to hear and see little kids being inflicted of cancer, but there is great hope as childhood cancers are curable,” said Rakul.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. P. Vijay Anand Reddy, Director, Apollo Cancer Hospital pointed that in India, around 45,000 new cases of childhood cancers are diagnosed every year. “Children cope with cancer treatment better than adults and recover much faster than adults. Most cancers in childhood are curable, in fact 80% of all childhood cancers are curable and in contrast only 65 percent of adult cancers are curable,” he added.