Bengaluru , 19 July 2022 : With the mission to spread awareness about positive living after cancer treatment , Apollo Cancer Centres ( ACC ) , ranked as the best private cancer hospitals in India and one of the best in the world , celebrates ‘ Life after Cancer ‘ with its recent initiative ‘ Peak to Peak – Winning over Cancer ‘ a 5 – day trek with cancer survivors and caregivers . The initiative , which was flagged off from Dehradun in June 2022 , was centralized around to address negative associations attached to any patient who undergoes cancer therapy . Eight cancer survivors from different parts of the country embarked on a memorable journey from Dehradun to Dayara Bugyal in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand , traversing along the luscious green meadows and rich landscape to scale the height of 11,830 ft . Dr Rani Akhil Bhat , Lead Surgeon Consultant – Gynec Oncology , Apollo Cancer Centres and Archana Hosangadi ( 50 – year – old ) , one of the cancer survivors from Bengaluru who scaled a height of 11,830 ft . in Uttarakhand , were a part of the initiative . ” We , at the Apollo Cancer Centers , believe treating cancer is only a part of the journey ; we want to address the overlooked needs of our survivors . We wanted our cancer survivors to realize that they can still lead a normal life after cancer treatment , thus ‘ Peak to Peak ‘ was born . We had eight cancer survivors who trekked to Dayara Bugyal which is situated at 11,840 ft in Uttarakhand and successfully completed it . The event was a symbol of CELEBRATION for those who have survived , an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed , a gathering of SUPPORT for families , and an OUTREACH to the community , ” said Dr. Bhat . Dr. Jayanti Thumsi , Lead Surgeon – Breast Oncology , Apollo Cancer Centres , who treated Archana , pointed out that there has been an immense advancement in the treatment of Breast Cancer . She said , ” Not only is the treatment planning important but also the quality of life after cancer treatment . She ( Archana ) had a disease that was restricted only to her breast and , considering various other factors , we planned a Breast Conservation Surgery with Sentinel Node Biopsy and Local Oncoplastic Surgery . She recovered well from the surgery and her final Histopathology report suggested it to be a Stage 2 , Triple Negative Breast Cancer ( TNBC ) . ” TNBC tends to be an aggressive type , hence , the medical team planned to give her eight cycles of chemotherapy at three weekly intervals . This was followed by 25 sittings of radiation therapy . Commenting on the initiative , Dr Manish Mattoo , Chief Executive Officer , Karnataka Region , said , ” In this age of technical advancement , cancer can be treated with the right knowledge of experts if the condition is diagnosed at the right time .
It is imperative that we educate our patients and their families to help them understand the issue and solution better . ” Sharing her journey , Archana Hosangadi , said , ” I was diagnosed with Triple – negative breast cancer , 2nd stage in May 2019. Thereafter , I went through surgery , very intense chemotherapy of eight
Ovet cycles and 25 radiations , which although helped me to heal from illness , left me weak and drained all my confidence . I did get back to the gym shortly after my treatment but always felt the confidence lacking . According to her , it was fulfilling to see and experience that all the eight survivors could make it to the top . ” The initiative was aptly called ” Peak to peak ” , considering the conquest of our illness to the conquest of the mountain . I was overwhelmed when I reached the summit and felt triumphant that I had conquered my fear , my confidence is now back and I plan to continue trekking on a regular basis , ” she added . In line with the motto – Winning over Cancer ‘ , ACC aims to bust the myth around cancer and spread positivity by sharing the story of cancer survivors . The core thought is in the belief of winning is not only conquering cancer physically but also mentally .
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