Showing posts with label cancer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cancer. Show all posts

Friday, 21 February 2014

Family Physician- How to choose one for better health

The famous saying, “Health is Wealth” will never need an explanation. Unfortunately most of us will realize the importance of health when we fall ill, rather it should be otherwise i,e following footsteps of prevention is better than cure.

Mostly major diseases are prevented when found in early stages. For e,g Cancer, when diagnosed at early stages, one can be cured completely.

This article gives you a clear insight about family physician, a.k.a family doctor, who is determined to serve us and can cure from major ailments when approached in time. 

Helping Hand:

Whether you are a part of joint or nuclear family. Having family physician is must.
When we(any of family members) fall ill we rush to hospitals or clinics which are near our residence or offices. Once we are healthy, we rarely think of doctors, hospitals or clinics. Keeping a check on these things may not be helpful in our professional career, they are certainly will be a helping hand for our family.Sometimes, visiting corporate hospitals will prove costly even for a small treatment kind or diagnosis. Its not a fault with you or with hospitals. It’s the corporate hospitals DNA which makes you to spend good amount of money for any treatment,whether its a minor or major one.

Choose one family physician, with good academic and work credentials, and make sure you and your family visit firstly, for any health issues.

Keeping informed him about your family health history, is must. This will help him to provide better treatment and can alarm you from major health issues which can be faced in mere future.

Money Less(wisely) Spent : The consultation charges of family physician are lesser, when compared with corporate hospitals. It is advisable to choose your family physician for any day care treatments.
Its fact, that your health insurance comes into action only when the insurer is hospitalized for minimum of 24 hours. Health insurance should be used for critical diseases diagnosis only, for rest visit family physician clinics. These are also called retail health clinics.

Pre and Post medical care:
Say for e.g if a family member has undergone operational treatment from a hospital, after being referred by your family physician. The post-operational treatment will be carried out from residence itself. This is the time where family physician will be more helpful. He guides, motivates and suggests to improve faster from ill-health. He acts as a Psychological support besides your family members support for a patient.

Say for eg. A person has met with an accident and he has undergone with major and critical surgery. Just experience how much trauma he and his family members would have gone through. Thanks to doctors effort, the patient is out of danger and he will be all set to lead normal life say,after four to six months of bed rest. Once patient resides at home, this creates a tough time for family members to carry out post medical treatment. Right, from keeping patient body fresh to feeding him proper food and giving him medicines on time. At this point , having family physician can help you to come out of this tough time. He can appoint a family nurse who can take care of keeping patient body fresh,and feeding food on time. Family doctor can also appoint family phsiotherapits, who can help patient to carry out his trainings suchas, walking with out support of chair or stick, as suggested by consultant doctor(s).

Health Records:

Keeping a list of family physicians prescriptions is must for every one. These prescriptions will be helpful in framing your own family health history. As like, corporate hospitals ,family physicians often will keep any computer based records.Its our responsibility to take care of these. Make sure, for every visit to your family physician you will carry prescription file/record. Although one may not face same health issues, all time. Keeping a record history will keep you check, on your health as whole. This will help you in framing a better healthy life.

Self Treatment Vs. Family Physician Treatment:

Say a big “NO” for any self treatment, may be its smaller one and can be cured with your knowledge. Fewer times, a look like smaller diseases,when not cured with proper diagnosis will turn to be costly in future when this should be fixed with high end technology equipments.

A Tip to carry your own treatment analysis is,  Keep a record of medical prescriptions written by your family physician. On top or backside of prescription do write for what disease the medicines are given for and also re-write the medicines name (as, doctors handwritten prescriptions are tougher to read and understand). With this activity you and your family members are kept well-informed about the diseases and its treatment.
Make sure you keep a word with your family physician in re-ordering the suggested medicines through earlier prescriptions.

Wishing every one, to have one good family physician and a healthy, wealthy life. 

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment Bikaner

Establishment of RCC, Bikaner Treatment of cancer patients in Bikaner has a very old and distinguished history. Even earlier than 1940, in the whole North-West India, Bikaner was the only place to provide Radiation Therapy by the deep and superficial X-ray to cancer patients.  In pre independent era, cancer treatment by Radium was made available here.

The building of the Institute has been constructed by the Acharya Tulsi Shanti Pratisthan, Bikaner and was donated for its use. The staff and doctors are arranged by the Govt. of Rajasthan.

Various equipments have been procured from the aid of Central Government for better treatment of cancer patients. 

Contact Address:

Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment & Research Institute
                  P.B.M. Hospital Campus,
                  S.P. Medical College,
                  Bikaner (Raj. 334003)

Telefax(RCC): 0151-2226329

Hospital(PBX): 0151-2226334,35,36,37,38

Following are the links to articles which are published in leading portals, featuring on Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment & Research Institute. ,with various titles/headlines . 

These articles showcase, the  true picture of  continuity in genuine treatment for cancer to humankind. If you feel any links to be added related to the post, please send across to me.


                                   A train ride to cancer care


                                   Train No.399 :India’s Cancer Train

Note: Please do post your valuable insights,if you have any, on this blog post, which indeed will be a valuable referral source for needy people who are looking for cancer treatment.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Living With Cancer

American essayist Susan Sontag called cancer the disease “that doesn’t knock before it enters”. But as cancer cases are rising, to a large extent because of increased longevity, people are learning to anticipate this knock.

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, every family in India will have a cancer case; some others believe one in six or eight Indians will have cancer in their lifetime. These are statistics that should keep the public health policy makers up at night. On our part, I think it’s more important that we become aware and informed about the disease and the fact that it’s possible to ‘live’ with cancer, rather than succumb to the idea of ‘dying’, which cancer has come to symbolize.

So when a start-up, Invictus Oncology, decided to bring thought leaders, researchers and practitioners in the field of cancer to brainstorm in Delhi, it appropriately titled the symposium, “Living with Cancer”.

Who better to kick off the evening than Siddhartha Mukherjee, a practicing oncologist from the Columbia University Medical Centre and author of the Pulitzer prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies
Even though most of us came away moved, philosophically and scientifically educated after reading his book (it has sold more than half a million copies and is being translated into 20 languages), watching him sum up the entire history – from 4500 BC to date — in 25 minutes was like an illuminating crash course.
It evoked mixed feelings – of fear, awe, alarm, optimism, and much more. Mukherjee’s lines from his book rang truer: “…We might as well focus on prolonging life rather than eliminating death. This war on cancer may best be won by redefining victory.”
Up until the 1970s, cancer was seen and known as a disease of cells that could be killed by poison (Mukherjee calls chemotherapy drugs as poison). A cancel cell is a perversion of the normal cell. Between 1970 and 1990, as science progressed, a new idea took shape – cancer as a disease of the genes. That every cell has a combination of accelerator and decelerator genes and when normal genes get distorted, cancer invades.

Further advances in genetics and allied technologies, between 1990 and 2000, showed that cancer was a disease of genomes: it was not one gene but many genes that got altered in this disease. How many? We are still figuring that. While there are deep commonalities between cancers, yet each cancer is unique. And the challenge before practitioners is how do you personalize the treatment (or trials) when the complexity is so huge? “How do you categorize a human face?” asks Mukherji.

From 2010 onward,  Mukherjee believes, a new face of cancer is emerging: it’s a disease of the organism. By “organismal”, he means a disease that encompasses much more than cells and genes – physiology, environment and, above all, community. In his book he says: “In writing this book, I started off by imagining my project as a ‘history’ of cancer. But it felt, inescapably, as if I were writing not about something but someone. My subject daily morphed into something that resembled an individual—an enigmatic, if somewhat deranged, image in a mirror.”

This descriptor fits well when you think of the survivors: in battling “an organism”, they need the support of the entire community. We heard two fascinating stories on Friday, of actor-model Lisa Ray and Nobel laureate Roger Tsien.

Tsien’s talk was inspirational for many reasons. A professor of pharmacology at UCSD, he shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry. During two meetings in 2009 and 2010 at Lindau in Germany I had heard him speak about his colourful palette of proteins derived from jelly fish and corals which he has been using to look at hitherto inaccessible cells and tumors. 

Between July 2010 and now, he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, got it treated, and is now back to advancing his work and “delivering talks” around the world! You can hear him talk about his famous green fluorescence protein 
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Full credit to Forbes India Magazine.

Wanna, buy Siddhartha Mukherjee 's book,  The Emperor of All Maladies? -A Biography of Cancer

Friday, 14 September 2012

YOU WE CAN Cancer foundation by cricketer Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF) through its initiative YOUWECAN is here to endeavour that cancer is detected at an early stage, for one and all, and no one has to fight cancer alone.
Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF) will educate people about the benefits of early detection and fighting the stigma attached to it.

He was quoted by Indian Sports News as saying,

“The journey from being a part of the World Cup winning team to fighting for my life has
      indeed been full of emotions. I was faced with the biggest high of witnessing India
 lift the World Cup and the shock of suffering from cancer,
 both at nearly the same time".

YSF, through its initiative YouWeCan, will create consciousness on cancer prevention, early detection & fight against Stigma. YSF is a non-profit organization registered under the Bombay Trust Act 1950.
Yuvraj plans to introduce various initiative though this campaign which includes setting up detection camps through mobile vans, launch permanent detection centres across the country and also a ‘Speak up Campaign’ to establish a base for fighting Stigma against Cancer in association with the Indian Cancer Society.
Check this space,for more update on YOU WE CAN ,cancer initiatives.

Want to be  part of the team YOU WE CAN,  CLICK HERE

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Free treatment for CANCER and AIDS patients

Based on the estimates of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), it is estimated that there are about 28 lakh cancer patients at any point of time (prevalence) in the country. A total of 5.41 lakh AIDS patients were provided free anti-retroviral treatment at 355 Anti Retroviral Treatment centres across the country as on 31st May 2012 under the National AIDS Control Programme by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).

Government of India had launched a comprehensive National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases & Stroke (NPCDCS) in 100 districts across 21 States during 2010-2012 of the 11th Five Year Plan. The district hospitals have been funded to provide chemotherapy drugs required for cancer patients to treat 100 patients per district @ Rs. 1.00 lakh per patient.

The programme also envisages strengthening Government Medical College Hospitals and erstwhile Regional Cancer Centres (RCC) across the country as Tertiary Cancer Centre (TCC) for providing comprehensive Cancer care services. These institutions are eligible for financial assistance upto Rs. 6.00 crore (Rs. 4.80 crore from Central Government and Rs. 1.20 crore from State Government). In the Government health care delivery system, the treatment of diseases is either free or subsidized for the poor and needy patients.

Financial assistance is also provided to the patients who are living below the poverty line and suffering from major life threatening diseases including Cancer and AIDS from the ‘Health Minister’s Discretionary Grants (HMDG)’ and ‘Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN)’

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