Associate Professor Apichat Jiravuttipong, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, and Associate Professor Songsak Kiatchoosakun, Director of Srinagarind Hospital, attended the “Shine Light on Cholangiocarcinoma” campaign event on February 11, 2021. Also attending were medical staff and researchers from the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation of Thailand, Cholangiocarcinoma Excellence Center, Srinagarind Hospital, and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center, Khon Kaen University.
Associate Professor Narong Khuntikeo, Director of the Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center said that “12 February of every year is a designated World Cholangiocarcinoma Day”. Cholangiocarcinoma associated organizations around the world come out to promote the danger of Cholangiocarcinoma to the public. The event aims to prevent possible damage from Cholangiocarcinoma which kills more than 20,000 people in the northeast of Thailand each year. This causes a massive cost to the Thai workforce and heavily affects the economy and development of the country. The solution to the problem requires the combined help from citizens, government and private sectors. The solution involves making sure raw fish meals are clean and parasite free, adequate sanitary systems, improvement in education and basic knowledge of the disease, and efficient screening and treatment for Cholangiocarcinoma. . The Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center continues working with others to get rid Thailand of Cholangiocarcinoma and prevent the loss of our loved ones to this disease.”
Written by: Natakon Naowarojna
International Relations Office, Research and International Relations Affairs
Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University