Blood cancer survivors meet : Stories of Strength and Hope

After a dark period of Covid Pandemic, at last dawn has come, the world is returning to the natural life. In this hopeful back ground, after 2019, Again ‘Sanjiban-2023’ has been held on world Thalassemia Day at Rotary Sadan Kolkata.
Sanjiban is a meet of blood cancer’s survivor’s & Thalassemia patients; it is the dream program of Dr. Soumyo Bhattarcharya, eminent hematologist and head of the department of hemato-oncology, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital Kolkata. Blood cancer in many cases, is a controllable disease, but most people get afraid about this like other cancer. Besides treatment, counseling is needed. In these circumstances, the idea is to take the patients and their relatives away from the depression, anxiety, fear of a cancer hospital, and expose them to a world of amusement, hope and enjoyment. The overall impression is the victory of the hope and optimism over depression and defeatism. About hundreds of patients have been present to this meet. In the survivor Meet, the patients and their relatives share their experience of war against these diseases. Today many patients conquer the war of these dreaded blood diseases due to advancement of modern medicine and the latest treatment including Chemo Therapy, Targeted Therapy and bone marrow transplantation (BMT). it is indeed possible to cure such patients, prolong survival and return to a good number of blood cancer victims to normal life. In Sanjiban 2022, a cohort of such blood cancer victims would be presented who have faced their struggle, calmly overcome this bad patch and are leading long productive life. They would be felicitated and share their experience.
DR. Soumya Bhattacharya has said that ‘Sanjiban’ is a program that celebrates their fight not only with disease but also with the uncountable social and economic obstacles. Such type of survivor meet inspires the patients and their families to fight against cancer. After this meet, the cultural program has been performed with full of joy.In this gathering the patients and eminent artists, perform at same stage. Dr. Soumya Bhattacharya is also a good singer and a renowned writer.
His new book on Covid has been launched to the program. The program has been organized by a NGO Picnic Garden Lila Seba Society. In this program, the Society bestows Shri Shankarlal Bhattacharys, renowned writer, by ‘Lila Smriti Purashkar’ for his Novel ‘Pateswary’, on the life of Artist Amrita Sher Gil.

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