If we all come together then we can make a New World or Society, where no one can feel self alone, and we can do it by a little bit ways, to sacrifice for others, make a proud society. The God has given us a beautiful world, its our duties to maintain it safe clear.
So, Lets come together to help them, whom really need.
Cancer Can be Beaten
With Awareness, Palliative Care
"How can I have cancer, Doctor? I don't smoke, I exercise every day, I eat the right food and I get annual
health check-ups." Bewildered and shocked patients, often say this to me.
The reality - no matter how many "Do's and Don'ts" we follow, fossil
fuel pollution, food made from pesticide-laden agri-produce and stressful work lives are here
to stay. These causes of cancer are beyond individual control and short of
staying in a bubble, they can't be avoided.
Preventive health check-ups are good, they
serve a purpose, but awareness and alertness is equally important. If a cell
goes rogue, a day after the health check, it will get detected at the next
check-up, which in most cases is 365 days later, by when it could have spread
to other body parts. We know of a family member, a very dear friend or a work
colleague who has suffered at the hands of this deadly disease. So, early signs
should be heeded to and if any known symptoms show-up a visit to a qualified
Medical Oncologist is warranted.
To put it in perspective, every year nearly
1.1 million new cases of cancer are reported. In all, the disease affects about
3.3 million people in India at any given point in time. Cancer incidence
increases with age and as the geriatric population rises, so will the incidence
Thanks to the internet, we are quick to read
up on cancer and have conversations on Facebook and Twitter.
While most of us are no longer ignorant about cancer, it instills a morbid
fear. Science is looking for newer options to prevent, detect and treat cancer.
A mammography test, earlier recommended once a year, is now being
recommended once in two or three years. Even the age for mammography has moved
from early forties to early fifties. The symptoms and signs
that should be watched out for include mild to high pain in the
affected area, sudden, unexplained weight loss, unusual
lump or growth, unexplained bleeding, breathlessness, appetite
loss, fever and extreme tiredness.
Contrary to popular belief, many treatment
options are available for cancer, depending on the age of the patient, intensity and and
its spread. But only experienced and skillful medical oncologists can assess
how the patient is likely to respond and react to the treatment. An
individualized treatment tailored to each patient can and does offer long term
survival of the patient.
Science is making it possible to detect an
individual patient's cancer causing genes and share a considered prognosis --
whether it will go away, recur or respond to treatment at all. Oncologists can
not only treat cancer by modifying genes but also by strengthening the immune
system, so that the body can fight cells that behave abnormally.
While researchers look for a surer cure for cancer and medicine wages a war against it, the patients'
quality of life has to be ensured. A part of the job is to see that a patient's
pain reduces, he eats and sleeps well and continues to live a dignified life.
It is said that once diagnosed with cancer, a
typical patient is either in active phase, treatment phase or in follow up
phase. Irrespective of the stage, a patient needs support till the very end.
A cured person needs to go through regular
health check-ups, and the one fighting this disease needs palliative care to go
through the ailment with less pain, anxiety and hardship to the caregivers at home. The
anxiety stems mainly from the questions like "Who will attend to me, if my
mobility goes down a wee bit more", or "With so much vomiting I shall
have to go to the hospital in the middle of the night. Who will take me to the
There is a crying need for a better tertiary
healthcare system that can de-centralize the treatment, so for simple
procedures like injecting saline water, caregivers don't have to rush to the
nearest cancer hospital. India also needs to evolve a robust homecare medical
service that can administer palliative care in the comfort of the patient's
home while reducing the financial burden on the caregivers. A few companies
have taken a step in the right direction.
Nurses and attendants in some of these
companies are trained in providing palliative cancer care and are familiar with
processes such as Tracheostomy Management, Stoma Care, Onco Emergency
Recognition etc. and can be deployed at the patient's home on a 24x7 basis for
providing high quality patient care.