On February 23, 2018 at the Activity Lawn and OPD Ward, 1st Floor, Kalayanivatananusorn Building, Faculty of Medicine, an event was held on the 71th “World Cholangiocarcinoma Day 2018. The event featured a special talk under the topic, “Free from Cholangiocarcinoma and a happy life” by Prof. Dr. Puangrat Yongvanit, President of Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation; screening for Cholangiocarcinoma by Ultrasound in 12 rooms for Faculty’s staff; and an exhibition on Cholangiocarcinoma. The opening ceremony was chaired by Assoc. Prof. Apichat Jirawutthipong, Director of Srinagarind Hospital.
Prof. Dr. Puangrat Yongvanit, President of Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation explained that the activities for the World Cholangiocarcinoma Day 2018 or the month of Cholangiocarcinoma campaign were organized from February 4 to February 23, 2018. For instance, the 3rd Cholangiocarcinoma Charity Golf was organized to support the operation of Cholangiocarcinoma patients; Walking Campaign for World CCA Day 2018 around Srinagarind Hospital; projects to strengthen surgeons who operate on liver, pancreas and bile with the team from the National Cancer Institute at Sappasitthiprasong Hospital Ubon Ratchathani; and KhonKaen CCA Day 2018: An update and experience sharing. The event on February 23 marked the end activity of Cholangiocarcinoma campaign.
Assoc. Prof. Apichat Jirawutthipong, Director of Srinagarind Hospital said that Cholangiocarcinoma is still a threatening health problem of Thai people, especially in the Northeast. Therefore, Faculty of Medicine as the major institution in the region, has performed research and development of bodies of knowledge for screening patients with Cholangiocarcinoma and treating. This can be seen from the successful development of the first liver fluke detecting kit from antigen in urine in the world. Then the Excellent Center of Cholangiocarcinoma was established where there is the world’s first Cholangiocarcinoma Ward (8C) to accommodate treatment and care of patients with Cholangiocarcinoma. Srinagarind Hospital has also been certified of the standard of Cholangiocarcinoma treatment from the Healthcare Accreditation Institute (Public Organization). This justifies the potential and readiness of Faculty of Medicine to treat, care, and increase quality of life of patients with Cholangiocarcinoma.
The activities on the 23rd was part of the provocation done for the patients, relatives and staff members of Faculty of Medicine so that they are aware of the danger from this disease, understand the practices that will keep Cholangiocarcinoma away.