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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 160-161

A Varanasi experience


Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital; Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission31-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance31-Dec-2019
Date of Web Publication24-Feb-2020

Correspondence Address:
Sujay Srinivas
OPD Room No. 8, Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Old Loco Colony, Varanasi - 221 010, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_125_19

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Srinivas S, Roy S, Mandal TK, Das S. A Varanasi experience. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:160-1

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Srinivas S, Roy S, Mandal TK, Das S. A Varanasi experience. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Apr 3];3:160-1. Available from: http://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2020/3/1/160/279083



The article by Dr. Mounika Boppana and Dr. Chakor S. Vora recently published in the Resident Corner Section of your Journal was an intriguing read,[1] especially for us, because we were the fortunate lot to take over the reins of Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital (HBCH), Varanasi, at the end of their 8-month posting. I say fortunate because, by the time they left, most of the administrative and organizational problems were very well taken care of.

The outpatient department (OPD) crowd management and the token system were already working smoothly. We did tweak some of that though and introduced two tokens – one for patients on intravenous chemotherapy who had day-care appointments and the other for the remaining patients. This was done so that the patients with appointments in day care could be seen early and thus could go home the same day after their chemotherapy. Further, we have learned how to make judicious use of funds available for the needy patients as there was a period when these funds had dried up, especially for curative breast cancer patients eligible for trastuzumab.

The center at Varanasi is growing by leaps and bounds as a reliable, affordable, and comprehensive tertiary center for cancer patients of the region. Although it started as a peripheral center of Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Mumbai, we are pretty sure by now that in the coming years, it will be a 'mother-ship' of its own kind for this region.

Every new institute set-up is bound to face many challenges in its initial few days, and HBCH is gradually but surely crossing those hurdles. The recruitment and training of local staff (doctors, nursing and other paramedical staff included) is a critical step toward achieving the goal of making this a true center of excellence. It has taken TMH more than 75 years to achieve the reputation that it holds today, and we are sure that HBCH too is headed toward a similar level of excellence. The major difference, however, is that HBCH has been set up with the specific goal of reducing the glaring disparity in the availability of services in the rural areas that it caters to as opposed to urban cities. The experiences and inputs from the different directors, senior doctors, departmental heads, and administration staff from Mumbai who continue to visit this institute from time to time are a boon for this young institute.

Overall, it has been an excellent experience for all the residents who have been posted here to date, and we ourselves have grown confident in taking decisions and being responsible physicians. Already, the daily OPD attendance has doubled as compared to what it was when we took over and continues to rise steadily. In addition, since our posting here, autologous transplants are being done which too is another commendable and a proud achievement.[2] We hope to keep contributing in whatever little way we can toward the growth of this institute. The fun of exploring this holy city and Ghats of Ganges obviously is an added bonus.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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Boppana M, Vora CS. Posting in Varanasi: A blessing in disguise. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2019;2:209-11.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Nayak L. Cancer care in India's spiritual city. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:162-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
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