FRANCE AND SERBIA IN THE BATTLE AGAINST CANCER
Belgrade, 17 May 2007 - In honour of the visit of Professor
David Khayat, one of the most eminent oncologists in the world, Their Royal
Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine organized today a press
conference in the White Palace
Speakers at the press conference included Prof. David Khayat,
President of the National Oncology Institute of France, Prof. Maurice Soustiel,
Director for International Cooperation of the National Oncology Institute of
France, Dr. Dragana Jovanovic, Director of the Institute for Lung Deseases of
the Clinical Centre of Serbia, and HRH Crown Prince Alexander II.
Professor Khayat said that during his visit to the Institute
of Oncology in Sremska Kamenica, the Institute for Lung Deseases of the Clinical
Centre of Serbia, and the Institute of Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, he had
met excellent doctors, but that the basic problem is the lack of adequate
equipment to treat the patients. Having that in mind, a decision has been
reached to organize a donation in the near futue, of the equipment that is
lacking in the hospitals, and to secure scholarships for the specialization of
young doctors in Serbia, for their improvement, and research work in France.
„This year, the French Government had secured scholarships
for 70 doctors from Serbia with a goal to help the doctors of Serbia improve, so
that they can combat cancer more effectively“ – said Dr. Khayat.
Prof. Soustiel, delighted by the staff and coleagues he had
come in contact with during his stay in Serbia, said that cooperation with
Serbia should be deepened via the Serbian embassy in France and the French
Dr. Jovanovic said that we will get aid in forming the
National (Serbian) Plan for the battle against cancer, which would include
activities on a better preventive programme, so that the high mortality rate
could be reduced, as the data are very alarming.
Crown Prince Alexander thanked the guests for coming to
Serbia, at the initiative of the humanitarian Foundation of his wife, Princess
Katherine, with a good will to help us fight this mean illness. His Royal
Highness wished the doctors a lot of success in their research and cooperation
which they will establish in the field of oncology.
The National Oncology
Institute of France was founded at the initiative of Dr. Khayat, who
proposed the idea to the then French President, Jacques Chirac, with whom he
remains a close friend today. In the last five years, that Institute had
achieved impressive results in reducing the mortality rate of cancer patients in