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Cancer Patients To Get Home Service

Times of India
26 June 2010
Lucknow, India

SGPGI Initiative To Provide Palliative Care
Cancer Patients To Get Home Service
Besides the excruciating pain it is the psychological trauma which virtually shatters the life of a cancer patient who needs to be rushed to a nearby hospital for palliative care. But here is some relief for the ones undergoing treatment at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS).

Doctors at the tertiary care institute have started approaching the patients at their home.
Talking to the reporters after the end of a five–day seminar on ‘palliative care given to cancer patients», associate professor (anaesthesia), Dr Shakeel Ahmad said that the doctors would be going to the patients which are registered with the SGPGIMS. This could prove to be a boon for patients as they would also be provided morphine for which the institute is authorised.

The patients, he said, would also be counselled for the psychological trauma they undergo. For this, the institute would be taking help of some non–government organisations likes Cancer Aid Society (CAS) in identifying patients needing immediate attention.

According to statistics available at the SGPGI, around 1.5 million Indians with cancer and several millions with other prolonged debilitating diseases suffer with unrelenting pain. The World Health Organisation defines palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life threatening illness.

‘‘But unfortunately this largely has been forgotten,»» said associated professor, anaesthesiology, SGPGIMS, Dr Sanjay Dheeraj.

Dr Dheeraj claimed of providing the ‘home based services» to at least half–a–dozen patients in the last two months.

In fact, since June 2009 the doctors have attended 813 patients in one year including their follow up. Availability of oral morphine and advanced international procedures have come come in handy for the doctors at the institute.

Caring Hands
  • Doctors at the tertiary care institute have started approaching the patients at their home.
  • This could prove to be a boon for patients as they would also be provided morphine for which the institute is authorised.
  • Doctors claimed of providing the ‘home based services» to at least half–a–dozen patients in the last two months.
  • In fact, since June 2009 the doctors have attended 813 patients in one year including their follow up. Availability of oral morphine and advanced international procedures have come come in handy for the doctors at the institute.


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