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,
I feel honoured to take over as President of IASO for the year 2022-23.
IASO has become a very strong association since 1991 when I became the life member. IASO has currently close to 1800 members and is still growing.
Last two years were very difficult for all of us due to the Pandemic and it was not possible to meet physically for any of the IASO meetings.
But we adapted to the new normal by having online educational meetings in form of Master Class and even NATCON 2021 at Delhi.
We even conducted our online elections successfully with your support.
With improvement in the COVID situation and no travel restrictions we are again trying to be back on track as before.
We have planned a MIDTERM Conference at Shillong on 25th to 27th March 2022, a North Zone Conference of IASO at Pahalgam on 13th & 14th May 2022 and a NATCON on 6th to 9th October 2022 at Madurai.
I am sure you all will participate actively in all the above meetings. Apart from the above meetings we are also planning to have a Zonal Conference at Indore & Punjab / Haryana and the dates will be announced soon.
This year we have started out reach CMEs conducted by our EC Members at Medical Colleges to benefit the post graduates and trainees.
Dr. Vijaykumar has taken over as the Chief Editor of IJSO and I welcome him and wish him all the best.
I thank Dr. S. Rao under whose supervision the Academic Council is conducting IASO Master Class activity for the benefit of Post Graduates. Our past presidents are a guiding force to conduct such activities.
We have a new look website and we are trying to make it more informative, interactive and member friendly.
We have strengthened our relationships with SSO, ESSO, BSSO and planning to have collaborations with neighbouring SARC countries Surgical Oncology Associations.
I would request all M.Ch/DNB teachers and guides to encourage their students and trainees to become IASO Members for their benefit.
I am sure you will all support me whole heartedly during my tenure as president of IASO and help to take IASO to greater heights.
With warm regards,
Dr. Rajendra Toprani, President - IASO
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.