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

Colonic Microbiome and Cancers

The human large gut or the colon is a common site for cancer. New cases of colorectal cancer are found

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Cancer Therapies

Carbon Ion Therapy

The clinical success of particle therapies, especially proton therapy being used throughout the world fueled interest in

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The Blessed One

I am a second year resident at the PGI, just after completing my post graduation. There is this young boy, a student of class-X, in our ward, the other sibling being a sister. He had severe bone aches and has been diagnosed to have a type of non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Read more…

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…