Dr.Susovana Sujit Nair

Dr.Susovana Sujit Nair

 2019 PBD Award winner ; Social worker ;  Medical Oncologist  working  for Department of Medical Oncology - Kuwait Cancer Control Center;

                                                       

Thump nailDr.Susovana Sujit Nair a Medical Oncologist (Breast Unit) working in Kuwait for Department of Medical Oncology Kuwait Cancer Control Center.

Dr.Susovana was born and brought up in Ranchi, the summer capital of erstwhile Bihar andcurrently Jharkhand in a middle class family. Her father is an advocate by profession and worked for the Indian Railways all1 throughout his life.

Her mother is a homemaker. Her eldest brother is the head of operations at Etisalat, UAE, the second is serving for the Indian Navy and the youngest is a Consultant at TCS, Chennai.

Right from her childhood days, she was inclined to serving the society and was pained by the sorrow of poor people. Her father was her mentor and her source of inspiration. He wanted her to pursue the medical profession, which was in line with her passion of serving the community.

Her  interest in writing, art and music started from  her school days. Music was her passion and moreover, she had formal elementary classical training in music.

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Her mother who herself was an All India Radio performing artist was her source of inspiration. She has received a host of awards for her songs and artistic skills in drawing while in school.

4She has also received various awards for her writing skills during school days including the first Prize by the Government of Bihar awarded by the then Chief Minister Shri Laloo Prasad Yadav for her essay on 'Role and importance of Youth towards national integration’ on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi during her college days.

She was the Class XII state topper in Science from Women’s College, Ranchi and thereafter Cleared the All India Medical Entrance and secured herself a seat in the Government Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences and went on to complete her studies with internship at CMC,Vellore.

She completed her postgraduate studies in clinical oncology from Adyar Cancer Institute and following short stints at JIPMER, Pondicherry and Cancer Institute, Chennai .8

She joined  Kuwait Cancer Control Center in 2010 working for the breast unit.

Dr.Susovana says Cancer is not a dreaded disease as most of us presume; it is a bunch of complexities. It can be classified as a degenerative disease, which is curable, if diagnosed early.

However, this disease can be localized; it can invade and even spread to any part of the human body and most importantly, it can evade the immune system. There are many ways of describing the stage of the disease a person is suffering from. Oncologic books suggest cancer cells are often mutations of normal cells.

7The fact that cancer is not caused by an exogenous factor - a bacteria or virus that could be removed and that cancer cells are very much prevalent inside each one of our chromosomes, waiting for a catalyst to be activated is something that needs to be understood by a common person.

These catalysts can be anything from external or hereditary factors to simply being a human being. These concepts, awareness about the human body and early detection to a perfect cure is what Dr.Susovana, an oncologist with KCCC is trying to drive into the peoples'minds.

She has been actively involved with the Indian Doctors Forum, a consortium of Indian doctors working for the community in Kuwait. She is currently the office bearer and the Joint Community Secretary - Community Services for IDF.

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For her contributions to the society, Dr.Susovana has recently been nominated for the PBD award "She - The Change Nari-Udhyami Awards 2019". The award will be conferred by the eminent dignitaries of the Government of India, on 23rd January 2019, Varanasi, India in the presence of the PM and Minister of External Affairs.

5Right from her early days in Kuwait, she has been actively involved in medical health camps organized by the different associations in Kuwait. She has been instrumental in raising cancer awareness among the masses, more specifically breast cancer.  

She is  Organizing screening camps to screen and educate ladies on the importance of regular check-ups, importance of self- breast examination and driving the message of awareness about cancer within the community.

Involved in frequent lectures and awareness campaigns for schools, voluntary organizations and the under-privileged sections of the society.

Her involvement with NGO's in India in spreading the word of 'Early detection, Better cure' through the various outreach programs is commendable.6

Breaking the news, providing medical, psychological and emotional support to patients diagnosed and going through the pain of treatment is one of the basic things an oncologist should be good at.

She deals with cancer patients of all stages and manages these with perfection. Her initiatives in assisting under-privileged patients with their practical needs of finding the right

treatment resources, getting them adjusted to the disease and taking the right decision is Noteworthy.

She continues her passion of singing and normally ends her cancer talks with a soothing melody. Though weekends are packed with community activities, she loves to spend her free time with her husband and three kids.

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Involved in the everyday management of cancer patients, she closely sees the lives and fates of the many patients some as young as in their teens. These experiences are a small part of her much larger battle against cancer.

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