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PATIENT/CAREGIVER CORNER
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 77

Cancer care is all about decision, care, and guidance


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Date of Submission11-Jan-2021
Date of Decision18-Jan-2021
Date of Acceptance31-Jan-2021
Date of Web Publication26-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
. Shikha Sinha


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DOI: 10.4103/crst.crst_5_21

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How to cite this article:
Sinha S. Cancer care is all about decision, care, and guidance. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:77

How to cite this URL:
Sinha S. Cancer care is all about decision, care, and guidance. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 May 9];4:77. Available from: https://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2021/4/1/77/312109



I still remember the day when I found out that my mother had advanced stage cancer. I had no words; I had just one question, “How can we treat her and keep her with us for as long as possible?” I didn't have the answer, but I had hope.

When I first visited the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Oct 2016, it was very crowded. There were a lot of patients and as many relatives accompanying them; there were many hopeless eyes, but many helpful hands too. After checking my mother's file, the doctors said that she had a maximum of 4 to 5 months to live and that she might not be with us beyond March 2017. I was devastated by this and so were my father and sisters, but we still had hope. With great faith in God and the doctors, my mother underwent radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and all the other procedures that the doctors advised. The doctors advised us to enroll my mother in a clinical trial. It is because of this decision, good care, and best guidance that our mother is still with us in December 2020, and we have faith that she will remain with us for a much longer time.

The decision: We, as a family, decided to follow the doctor's advice and enroll my mother in the clinical trial to get her the best treatment and healthy life.

The care: We took care of her diet, nutrition, hygiene, cleanliness, her overall well-being, and also her mood swings due to the side effects from her medication. We tended to all her needs. There were times when she could not walk or eat properly and would throw up because of her medicines. We tried to keep her happy at all times.

The guidance: The doctors guided us through each and every step of the treatment. All the doctors played a very vital role in her treatment. From her diet to medicines, from her exercise to travel, everything was planned under the expert guidance of the best doctors who greet all the patients with a smile. Despite knowing that their patients might not live long, the doctors remain charged up for the sake of their patients, answer their queries, and respond to the silliest of their questions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when my parents were stranded in Hyderabad, the doctors in Mumbai helped them get the best care and ensured that my mother's doctor in Hyderabad knew all the details of her treatment history.

I, on behalf of my whole family, want to thank all the doctors at TMH who help countless people, cure them and care about each and every caregiver's sentiment for their patient.

Have I ever seen God? Yes, I have. My first Gods are my parents and after my parents, the doctors of TMH along with those who saved my mother.

About the author: I am Shikha Sinha, the youngest daughter of Abha and Arjun Prasad. I am a Software Engineer and I live in Bangalore with my husband Vipul.






 

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