The Minister stated that we must emphasize highlighting the solutions that do exist or can be developed from AYUSH systems to help controlling the menace of cancer and which are within our reach and resources. Pointing out that AYUSH systems emphasize more on the preventive aspect of health having a strong hold in lifestyle management, he stated that they may thus contribute in reducing the incidence of cancer. He added that integration of AYUSH with conventional healthcare system is another important area to be explored to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and to prevent the recurrence and metastasis and improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Shri Naik stated that looking at the global scenario of cancer management, it must be understood that stand alone modern medicine may not be sufficient to meet health needs of the society ailing with this dreaded disease.
Also present at the symposium were Shri Nilanjan Sanyal, Secretary AYUSH and other senior officers of the Ministry.