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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 277

An ode to a cancer patient from a plastic surgeon

Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Tata Memorial Centre , Homi Bhabha National Institute , Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission25-Mar-2021
Date of Decision31-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance16-Apr-2021
Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dushyant Jaiswal
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tata Memorial Centre, Room No 1207, Homi Bhabha Building, Dr. E Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/crst.crst_62_21

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How to cite this article:
Jaiswal D. An ode to a cancer patient from a plastic surgeon. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:277

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Jaiswal D. An ode to a cancer patient from a plastic surgeon. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jul 24];4:277. Available from: https://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2021/4/2/277/320153

A patient with cancer must deal with problems many,

Just one of them is glances from strangers for deformities any.

She or he had to undergo surgery for fate's error,

Had a part of the face, breast, or limbs removed to their terror.

Wait, we are still on the way,

Plastic and reconstructive surgery will make you look nearly as good as you were before the surgery day.

We will restore your face and body awesome,

Even when it takes skills extreme, time long, and efforts gruesome.

We can make a jaw as good as new,

Even put teeth in it for you to chew.

We can restore the tongue and food pipe too,

So you can talk and eat as you used to do.

When cancer is big and bad, surgery can be a stormy river,

But we can heal wounds of any complexity with the many arrows in our quiver.

We save some limbs which would have been amputated till of late, even save organs and lives in cases rare.

Patients with breast cancer can walk without staring eyes, body image restored and ready to socialize.

Reconstruction after cancer removal is not a luxury for a select few,

Every patient has a right to it, their deserving due.

We reconstructive surgeons trained for this are are now many around, To do these surgeries , even when on difficult ground.

My final advice to each cancer patient and relative in this fight, Demand the best reconstruction, it's not a favor, but your basic right.

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