Cancer Journeys

Mental and Physical Wellbeing of Cancer Patients through Dance Therapy

Treating cancer involves much more than just radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery, when necessary. Read more…

Know it, to control it

Hasini Effect and Tumor Metastases

Tumor metastasis is the migration and spread of cancerous cells from the tumor to distant sites in the body, Read more…

Cancer Therapies

Economics of Cancer Treatment in a Developing Country – Part 1

Cancer has become one of the leading causes of death among the human population worldwide.

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Its official – am now a blogger for the cause

As a four year old growing up, C-the third consonant in alphabet meant a furry white animal that we had as a pet. Fast forward 20 years, I am enrolled in a residency programme at the prestigious Post Graduate Institute that bears the prefix of our honorable first Prime Minister of India. Here I learn C- has another connotation – Cancer. I struggle hard in my mind and at times, a sense of helplessness engulfs me as I see advanced stages of this disease with little hope of a complete recovery or cure for the patients attending our outpatients department. The year is 1985 when a few chemotherapeutic agents are available, we do not have a CT – scan, mammography is  emerging as a diagnostic tool, MRI and PET – CT have yet to arrive and we have Cobalt therapy machines in our institute to offer treatment to our cancer patients.

After nearly three decades we are able to pick up cancers as small as 3-4 mm, offer curative and not mutilating surgeries, have a plethora of aids to support the patients through their journey to overcome their disease, multi- leaf collimators and modulated beams have replaced handmade lead blocks to make radiation therapy safer, less torturous and targeted therapies are here. Read more…