The INDIAN CANCER CONGRESS has just concluded. As you know, AROI is a partner in hosting this mega conference. Those of you who have attended must have thoroughly enjoyed multidisciplinary scientific extravaganza. I am given to understand that 5500 delegates have registered for this conference. 1300 abstracts were received more than 100 international delegates participated. Apart from the main 04 oncology organizations 27 affiliated organizations also participated in this program. The participation of the trade was the highest when compared to any previous oncology conferences.
When conducting such gigantic size of the conference for the first time always there will be some glitches. We can take note of these and correct them and improve the performance of the conference in the coming years. Therefore, you are welcome to send your view and suggestions for the next ICC meeting
The AROI general body has chosen KARNATAKA STATE CHAPTER OF AROI as the next host for organizing ICC which is going to be in 2017 in Bangalore. The local organizing committee will be constituted, and they will be communicating to all of you soon.
Thanks again for actively participating in a big way in ICC conference.
Prof. Ramesh S. Bilimagga
Past President - AROI
I thank all the AROI members for electing me unanimously. I thank Dr. Hukku for installing me & assuring him that I will continue his good work & some of the areas which he would not complete during his tenure. My focus on this year would be encourage the various institutions both in Govt & non govt to establish more treatment centers which will help the patients to access the facility nearer to their hometowns. This brings the question, more training facilities with professionals to catch up with advance technology for which AROI should conduct CME/WORKSHOP at regional levels.
To setup various sub committee which will work on various topics of interest such as Liaison with the govt, vendors, statutory bodies (MCI, DNB, AERB) & networking with all the state chapters.
At International level, to continue the relationship already built with ESTRO & ASTRO and enhance the relationship further & also from Asian Society of Radiation Oncology.
To encourage our members working in non academic institutions to develop scientific papers to do their non practical clinical research in their field. To initiate the formation of young radiation oncologists & women radiation oncologists wing to encourage them to discuss issues & participate in the main organisation. Earlier in 1980 the number of new radiotherapy installations which took place was around 8 in number where as in 2011 it was around 198. According to present AERB data (Mar-2012) the total number of machines available in the country is around 473 out of which 237 is of COBALT & 232 is of LINAC facility.