My Experience with ‘The Platinum Rule’

My Experience with ‘The Platinum Rule’ – Dr. Seema Rao, Bengaluru Nina (name changed) was a feisty 68-year-old lady with metastatic leiomyosarcoma of the uterus. For 16 years, she underwent multiple surgeries followed by sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to get the disease under control. With all disease-directed therapy exhausted, Nina was advised comfort care.…

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The Palliative Care Approach: Integration an Imperative

The Palliative Care Approach: Integration an Imperative – Dr. Ashita Singh, Chinchpada It is a privilege for me to share a few thoughts on this important theme which I believe, is crucial for health care in our country. There are a few questions that present themselves as we consider this for our country: What do we…

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Care, with cure, and beyond…

“Care, with cure, and beyond…” – Dr. Manasi Patil and Dr. Prajakta D. Bhagat, Mumbai The field of Palliative Medicine is one with many challenges, very much so in the context of incurable advanced cancer. The cancer is beyond cure, but not beyond care; which is why it becomes essential for palliative care services to…

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The moment of HOPE: a doctor’s perspective

The moment of HOPE: a doctor’s perspective – Dr. Ruparna Khurana, New Delhi Poised and serene, dignified and eloquent he sat tall and expectant on his favourite recliner number 8, with an intravenous cannula facilitating a continuous gush of cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agent named gemcitabine into his blood stream. I smiled as I realised, I could…

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Perspectives: Palliative Care Home Visit

Perspectives: Palliative Care Home Visit – Col. (Dr.) Nikahat Jahan, Secunderabad After serving twenty years as a specialist in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, I started  training in the field of Palliative care. As a part of my training I, along with three of my colleagues, had the opportunity to join the palliative care team…

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Spreading the essence of empathy: an NGO experience in Patient Navigation

Spreading the essence of empathy: an NGO experience in Patient Navigation – Dr. Anupama Mukherjee, Goa On a rainy evening, during a routine visit to the Medical Oncology ward at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Goa, we chanced upon a weak yet playful boy curled up at his bed by the window-side. The nurses…

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My father’s journey with Brain Cancer: from DGM to GBM

My father’s journey with Brain Cancer: from DGM to GBM – Ms. Krithika S. and Ms. Sharanya S., Bengaluru My father, Mr Swaminathan C K, Deputy General Manager (DGM) of BSNL, was a dedicated, humble, loving and caring person. He had built a beautiful family, well nested by his wife and his two daughters. We…

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Happiness and Palliative Care

Happiness and Palliative Care Ms. R. Vijayalakshmi, Chennai In my personal opinion, “Achievements, goals, fame or fortune may not provide one with true happiness. Lasting happiness is wholly and soley provided only in our mind and heart”. Let me expand on this a bit more with the below article. I met Mr. Raghupathy (name changed),…

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The Lonely Patient in the ICU

The Lonely Patient in the ICU – Dr. Seema R. (nee Kunikullaya) Rao, Bengaluru I can see your sufferingI can feel your painAs I find you writhingIn distress yet again I can smell the bileThat rises up your throatSee-through the beguiling smileHear each discordant note I can hear you gaspingEach strenuous gulp of airYour every…

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The More you do, the More you want to do…

The More you do, the More you want to do… – Ms. Prarthana Prateek Kaul, Pune Wow! I never knew that there was a “World NGO Day” that recognizes the inspirational work of NGO’s and the people behind not-for-profit organizations around the world. I transitioned from the Corporate sector to the Social sector in June…

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