Support Group for Breast Cancer Patients
Dr. S. G. Deshpande recalls how he had witnessed a marathon organized in several cities of the US in which breast cancer patients as well as health care providers who worked among them participated. The runners were provided with slogan spangled T–shirts (see image). “Awareness about breast cancer has certainly increased. This is borne out by the fact that there has been a reduction in deaths due to the disease thanks mainly to early detection and treatment”, reveals Dr. Deshpande. He adds, “A support group for breast cancer can bring about plenty of awareness about new methods of treatment and drugs used to treat breast cancer among patients. They can also share their mental trauma with fellow patients. The support group can bridge the gap between doctors and patients with medical social workers acting as a viable conduit”.
Dr. Deshmukh emphasized the need for financial support. He opined, “The support group is not directly affiliated to the Indian Cancer Society as of now. Basically, it is meant to provide information about the latest advances in breast cancer research. Moreover, patients can dwell on the side effects experienced by them in the presence of doctors”.