Cancer Support Group

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About Prerana Support Group for Cancer

About Prerana Support Group for Cancer
“Prerna” was started in the year 1994 by the Oncology and Social Service Department of the K.E.M Hospital. It was formed by Anuradha Sowni and Rajashree Kasote with a soul intension to help cancer afflicted children and their families in coping up with the disease and its related disorders and confusions. Such kind of help was not possible in the daily bed to bed round of the doctors and the social workers. Just a few broad questions could be answered and patient could be helped in a very limited way with regards to counseling and other kinds of help in the daily rounds. Treatment and medicine could be carried on well in the wards, rooms and Intensive Care Units, but much of the problems of the patients and their families remained unsolved. Thus came into existence our “Prerana”– A Support Group of Parents of Children Afflicted with Cancer, to tackle these unsolved problems.

Cancer in its initial stages can be well treated and a person though having some limitations after the treatment and the surgery can very well carry life like a normal person if he is guided and well informed through counseling about the disease and it’s after effects. Though cancer can be totally cured now in the initial stages with the advance of medicines and technologies, yet the urban, and the illiterate village people feel that cancer means death. When a child is afflicted with cancer, its not only he patient who is in pains but the whole of the family is in agony and pains. The fear and anxiety of the parents and the fearful state of mind of the relatives of the child patient needs to be erased through good counseling and exact information related to the disease. Often the matter is not as serious as taken by the family members due to fear of the dreaded disease – Cancer. So with this aim in mind “Prerna” was formed to counsel, guide, inform and help the patient and his family in many ways.

Prerna organizes regular meetings for the parents of the cancer afflicted children, so that the parents have a common platform to share their problems and experiences. The social workers guide and help the parents in interacting with each other and also help them to verbalize their fears and anxieties so that they can be mitigated. The support group provides an opportunity to ventilate one’s emotions. A feeling of belonging is aroused among the group members as their problems are universalized.

Cancer survival commandments
Our support group works on the line of the following commandments
  • Cancer is just a word, nothing more nothing less.
  • Begin to respect and understand your chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.
  • You should not regard cancer as the sum total of your life, but merely a part of life.
  • You should learn all the details of your disease, its diagnosis, its prognosis and its treatment. This way you will learn to cooperate with your doctors intelligently and knowledgably.
  • You should give comfort in every possible way to each other
  • Do not surrender to cancer.
  • Express your feelings openly to your loved ones, as they too need comforting and re-assurance.
  • Maintain your sense of humor and laughter, as it lightens the heart and hastens your recovery.
  • Face your fear, it will disappear.
  • Be a Prerana for positive cancer treatment.


Photo Gallery

Banner of Prerana Support Group
Jyoti Pillay, Medical Social Coordinator addressing cancer patients and their families
Celebration of International Rose day
Banner of Prerana Support Group Jyoti Pillay, Medical Social Coordinator addressing cancer patients and their families Celebration of International Rose day
Prerana Support Group arranged games for Cancer Children
Tree plantation done by Cancer Children
Puppet show organized by Prerana for Cancer Children
Prerana Support Group arranged games for Cancer Children Tree plantation done by Cancer Children Puppet show organized by Prerana for Cancer Children
Picnic arranged by Prerana for Cancer Children
Games like Musical Chair arranged for Cancer Children
Meeting conducted by Prerana for Cancer Children & their Parents
Picnic arranged by Prerana for Cancer Children Games like Musical Chair arranged for Cancer Children Meeting conducted by Prerana for Cancer Children & their Parents

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