The Delhi Supportive Care Oncology Group (DSCOG) had organized a grand meeting on Friday, 27 May, 2022, to advocate for the integration of Palliative Medicine in oncology. The meeting was aptly themed ‘Integrating Palliative Medicine improves quality of life’.
The evening began with a role play ‘Nukkad Naatak‘ on how the integration of palliative medicine improves the quality of life of patients. This role play was presented by the talented residents of palliative medicine from Dr B.R.A IRCH, AIIMS New Delhi.
This was followed by two panel discussions with eminent faculty members.
The first panel discussion was titled ‘Oncologists se Vichaar-Vimarsh‘, while the second panel discussion was titled ‘Can a palliative medicine physician help you? Palliative Managemnt of difficult situations: a panel discussion with Oncologists and Palliative Medicine physicians‘. These interactive sessions included discussions on end of life care, open and honest communication, care of the caregivers, and discussions on difficult scenarios in oncology including refractory symptoms, breathlessness, and the role of interventional pain management.
The evening concluded with a lecture on ‘Malignant spinal cord compression – multi disciplinary management‘ for post graduates in oncology, and was appreciated by all oncologists including radiation oncologists and ortho-oncologists.
Several senior oncologists from Delhi-NCR representing Max Institute of Cancer Care (Saket, Vaishali, Patparganj), AIIMS, NewDelhi, Safdurjung Hospital, Sri Gangaram Hospital, Dharamshala-Naryana Super Speciality Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital, and CanSupport attended the meeting organised by Dr Megha Pruthi and Dr Gaurav Chanana, both Senior Consultants’ in Pain & Palliative Medicine from Max Institute of Cancer Care, and Dr Raajit Chanana, Consultant, Medical Oncology, Dharamshala-Naryana Super Speciality Hospital.
The meeting organisers shared that, “These meetings create an oppurtunity to exchange ideas and improve the integration of palliative medicine into various super specialities, which ultimately results in standardising and improving the quality of care provided to patients“.
The DSCOG was conceptualized and founded in 2018, by Dr Sushma Bhatnagar and Dr Harit Chaturvedi.