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Narayana Hospital organizes screening of “Kontho”, a movie based on Laryngectomy cancer

UNI May 15, 2019

Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah on May 12 organized a special screening of the Bengali Movie “Kontho” for Cancer Survivors and announced the launch of Laryngectomy Club at INOX, Metropolis.

The full house screening was preceded by an exclusive interaction with Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Head Neck Cancer Surgeon and Deputy Director, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai; Dr. Sourav Datta, Consultant Head and Neck Onco Surgery, NSH Howrah; Dr. Harsh Dhar, Consultant Head and Neck Onco Surgery, NSH Howrah; Dr. Ashok Kumar Das, HOD, Head and Neck Onco Surgery, B Barooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati along with Shiboprasad Mukherjee, Nandita Roy, the directors duo and the movie star cast of Paoli Dam and Jaya Ahsan of Kontho.

R. Venkatesh, Regional Director, Narayana Health (East) and Subhasis Bhattacharya, Facility Director, NH Howrah were also present to address the Media. NSH, Howrah is one of the leading tertiary care hospitals for Oncology (Cancer) in the east was involved with the movie for overall guidance regarding the clinical aspect of the treatment, which has been showcased in the movie journey. The State-of-the art facilities required for such treatment from surgery to rehabilitation are available at NSH hence making the location was ideal for shooting the movie on larynges cancer patient.

The film ‘Kantho’ is a joint venture of Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy, inspired by the life of Bibhuti Chakraborty, who survived Laryngectomy cancer. Based on his survival, who not only defeats death, but also starts new life almost immediately changed his fate.
Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Deputy Director Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai said, “The initiative of marking a movie on the struggles & hope of a Laryngetomy cancer patient by Windows production and collaboration of Narayana Superspeciality Hospital will go a long way in raising the awareness of the ills of tobacco and also strengthen our cause of fighting against Tobacco. We are happy that so many cancer survivors have come for the special screening, which will instill new hope in their life.”

Dr. Harsh Dhar, Consultant Head & Onco Surgery, NSH Howrah said, “Cancer caused for tobacco has taken a toll on many patients and they are still struggling to find their footing. With the Launch of Laryngectomy club we hope to help the patients find hope and give them a new voice to live a normal life. In the club patients will be helping patients along with experts specialized in the treatment of Laryngectomy patients. The service can be availed by all on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month to regain their ability to speak."

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