A Goodbye that eventually wipes the tears

A Goodbye that eventually wipes the tears – Mr. K. V. Ganpathy, Mumbai A diagnosis of cancer uproots normalcy in a child’s or an adolescents’ life; and during this time, parents can work with the health care team, the strongest allies. This act will not only foster the trust between the child and the health…

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How Palliative Care can help a paediatric patient & family

How Palliative Care services can help a paediatric patient and their family: Experiences from an RCC – Dr. Prabha Seshachar, Bengaluru The primary aim of Paediatric Palliative Care is to allow the child to grow and develop through childhood in the face of a serious illness. Pediatric palliative care teams support the child and family…

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Children’s Palliative Care Projects in Maharashtra and Goa

Children’s Palliative Care Projects in Maharashtra and Goa – Dr. Pradnya Talawadekar, Mumbai The Children’s Palliative Care Project (CPC), was launched in Maharashtra, in 2010, with National and International Collaboration and was a major breakthrough in the development of Pediatric Palliative Care Projects in India; especially for non-cancer. This five year project, implemented from April…

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Expanding horizons towards an independent living

Expanding horizons towards an independent living – Ms. Jyothi Jayan Warrier, Kerala At our center, the Pain and Palliative Care Society in Thrissur, we provide Palliative care and supportive care to both cancer and non-cancer patients and their caregivers, through our Out-patient, In-patient, Home care, Hospice, and Physiotherapy and rehabilitation units. On the occasion of…

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A current update on Children’s Palliative Care in India

A current update on Children’s Palliative Care in India – Dr. Mary Ann Muckaden, Mumbai At the outset, let me emphasise that there is a lot of work going on in India for Paediatric Palliative care (PPC) and I may not do justice to it all, so apologies. As with the branch of Paediatrics when…

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Caring for a paediatric patient: A nurse’s perspective

Caring for a paediatric patient: A paediatric palliative care nurse’s perspective – Ms. Anusha Cheekati, Hyderabad It is a well established fact that the patient and the family are considered to be a single unit in palliative care. As a recently practicing paediatric palliative care nurse, I believe that the paediatric palliative care community is…

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We cannot change the outcome, but we can affect the journey!

We cannot change the outcome, but we can affect the journey! – Dr. Krithika S. Rao (Shinde), Manipal What is Paediatric palliative Care? Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) has been identified as a specialized care modality that seeks to improve the quality of life of children living with life-limiting and life-threatening illness, regardless of the stage…

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Communicating with a Child who is Terminally ill

Communicating with a child who is terminally ill The following conversation takes place on a random working day at Tata Medical Center, Kolkata. Shreshta and Soumitra usually have a routine discussion about the overall status of the patients seen, at the end of the day. Soumitra: Shreshta, did you check on Mrs. Ahuja today? How…

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‘SUBHITA’, The Cankids Pediatric Palliative Care Center’s Experience

‘SUBHITA’, The Cankids Pediatric Palliative Care Center’s Experience – Ms. Poonam Bagai, New Delhi Subhita, the Cankids Pediatric Palliative Care Center located in close proximity to AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, is India’s one and only stand-alone Pediatric Palliative Care Center (PPCC) catering to children with childhood cancer malignancies. A vital service of Cankids…

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