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Taking Away Pain of Fighting Cancer

Times of India
26 June 2011
Guwahati, India

The number of people suffering from cancer in the northeast is increasing by the day and every year hundreds of patients go to other states for advanced treatment.

Though the cancer treatment facilities in the state have improved to a great extent, cancer cure goes beyond just medical treatment to other problems as well, including decreasing the extent of physical pain faced by patients undergoing the treatment.

Keeping this need of cancer patients in view, a group of experts from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, are working towards creating awareness on pain management.

The awareness drive is being spearheaded by Aftab Ali Ahmed, an onco-surgeon working with the Tata Memorial Hospitals, who is currently associated with the department of surgery at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Ahmed said, "Whenever we talk about diseases, we talk about traditional methods of treatment, but people do not pay heed to the need to addressing issues like how does a patient undergoing the treatment tackle the pain. This issue is not addressed at all, so we are trying to bring about awareness on how to manage the pain that is a part of the treatment process."

He added that in the first phase, several surveys were done on the status of cancer treatment in states like Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram. The surveys revealed that issues like pain management are not addressed at all.

So, special workshops were conducted in various civil hospitals, where doctors were sensitized about the issue.

"We are conducting a special workshop on pain management in various hospitals. The project is being supported by the departments of preventive oncology and pain management at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai," he said.

He added the team is also trying for a tie up with NRHM and other local NGOs. "Apart from cancer, we would also deal with other kind of diseases," said Ahmed.

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