Cancer can be cured by 'mental strength', says A V Vaidya

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New Delhi, May 7 (UNI) Cancer has a negative impact on the people leading them to think that it is incurable, but one can fight the disease by mental strength, Air Marshal (retd.) A V Vaidya said here today.

"Obviously advanced medicines are required to cure any disease but I can say by my experience that cancer can be cured by sheer mental strength," Air Marshal Vaidya said at the release of his book in Hindi titled 'Cancer se Na Daro' (Do not be Afraid of Cancer).

Cancer patients need full emotional support and their family members are the "real doctors" who can motivate them to live without fear, he added.

Air Marshal Vaidya, himself a cancer survivor, said, "If cancer is detected in the early stages, there is maximum chance for cure.

However, family support is very important for a cancer patient as the disease breaks the person from inside." "Air Marshal A V Vaidya is a real hero. The spirit he had shown in his career is the same that he showed while fighting cancer," Mrs Zareen Major, wife of Air Chief Marshal F H Major said while releasing the book at the Army's Referral and Research Hospital.

"I appeal to cancer patients to imbibe motivation from him. They should not be afraid the disease and always keep thinking positively," she added.

In his book, Air Marshal Vaidya has described the experience of many soldiers who faced cancer. Some are still struggling while others have been cured. The author was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, when he was posted in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya. The book deals with the psychological aspects of fighting cancer.

The programme was organised by Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFFWA) and a volunteer group of three forces, 'Prerna'.

Prerna provides help to cancer patients through counselling and awareness campaigns. AFFWA will also distribute this book among cancer patients.

Mrs Kirti Kapoor, president of Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) and wife of Gen Deepak Kapoor and Mrs Maria Teressa Mehta, president of Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) and wife of Admiral Sureesh Mehta were also present on the occasion.

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