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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The humanity in Palliative Care

The humanity in palliative care: a physical therapist’s perspective – Ms. Gehna, Rishikesh “Every life is precious and it’s worth cannot be measured”, was something I heard repeatedly during my childhood. This inspired and motivated me to choose the medical profession and become a physiotherapist. As I began working in the field, I started to…

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Palliative Care: A Care that is misunderstood!

Palliative Care: A Care that is misunderstood! – Ms. Vandana Mahajan, Mumbai A 72-year-old lady diagnosed with lung carcinoma, has ‘palliative care’ written in her treatment plan. The patient’s daughter is in tears and says “My mother is active and healthy. Why palliative care? Is she dying?” I gently respond, “Palliative care does not mean…

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