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INDIA, Rishikesh, March 26th, 2017 
March Clinic

In its tenth year of operation, the Ganga Prem Hospice monthly cancer clinic in Rishikesh continues to offer exceptional medical care free of charge to the people of Uttarkhand.  Since September 2007 over 9500 patients have received free consultations, medicines and more.

The March 26, 2017 clinic was attended by 106 patients who were given oncological, gynaecological and palliative care consultations, medicines, massages and nursing care. Of the 106 patients, fifty-seven were malignancy cases. Amongst these, there were eight terminally ill individuals who required immediate attention. A soft palate cancer patient from Rishikesh was exceedingly weak from starvation and dehydration. Surgical oncologist Dr AK Dewan recommended an immediate entereal feed for him. A gravity feeding bag was procured and the patient was fed by this means for the next three hours.



TICP receives entereal feed at the clinic
TICP receives entereal feed at the clinic
Dr Aditi speaks with a patient
Dr Aditi speaks with a patient

 

 


A female lung cancer patient was brought to the clinic from Dehradun by her son. She clearly required regular palliative care and was added to the home care roster by the Ganga Prem Hospice team. Another terminally ill home care patient's wife was counselled by Dr Aditi Chaturvedi. Dr. Aditi gently explained to the wife that her husband was now grievously ill and that his prognosis was not optimistic. The patient's wife was naturally saddened by this news, but comforted by the sincere care and consideration of the counsellor.


GPH team give supplements to a patient
GPH team give supplements to a patient
GPH Manager and volunteer at Registration
GPH Manager and volunteer at Registration

 

 


While oncologists Dr AK Dewan and Dr SK Sharma examined the fifty-seven cancer patients, gynaecologists Dr Rupali Dewan and Dr Rajesh Saxena saw female patients. An Ayurvedacharya assisted the doctors, while a volunteer homeopathy practitioner assisted the counsellor in making assessments, taking down patients' details, and in explaining their medication to them. A masseuse gave the sick patients hand and foot massages. One patient shyly asked her not to take the trouble, to which she cheerfully replied that that was her job. Herbal supplements donated by Organic India were also distributed to patients according to their needs.

There were a staggering eleven cases of breast cancer alone among the malignancies, followed by six cases of pyriform fossa, and four cases of lung cancer.

Experienced volunteers supported the clinic as always - calling patients into the consultation rooms, assisting at the registration desk and scanning prescriptions. The Rajasthani Mishthaan Bhandaar supplied fruits for distribution to the patients and served tea at the clinic, as well as providing snacks for the hospice team.


 


INDIA, Dehradun, March 19th, 2017  
GPH and Elderly Volunteers

Dr Aditi Chaturvedi and volunteer Saurabha Todariya addressed a group of eighty elderly people in Dehradun in a talk entitled 'Palliative Care and Elderly Volunteers'. After the talk many members of the audience were eager to help in GPH work.



 


INDIA, Dehradun, March 8th, 2017 
Cancer Awareness on International Women’s Day

On the 8th of March Ganga Prem Hospice, Jascap Foundation and Doon Government Hospital (Dehradun) hosted a breast and cervical cancer awareness talk in honor of Women’s Day.

Around forty people – hospital patients and their relatives – attended the educational presentation which focused on cancer prevention and introduced the topic of palliative care.

In India, as many as 70% of cancer deaths occur because of late diagnosis. Dr. Navneet Jain, surgical oncologist of Doon Hospital, encouraged women to speak up immediately if they notice any female health abnormalities so that potential cancers can receive timely treatment.



Dr Aditi answering questions at the event
Dr Aditi answering questions at the event
Doctors participate in the presentation
Doctors participate in the presentation

 

 


GPH doctors, Dr. Chitra Rajendran and Dr. Aditi Chaturvedi answered women’s health questions and explained the meaning of palliative and hospice care in the context of their work with Ganga Prem Hospice.

After the talk, the doctors met together to discuss ways to expand palliative care in the region. The GPH team conveyed their willingness to provide hospice home care services to patients referred by Doon Hospital, while also encouraging the government doctors to begin palliative care in the hospital itself. GPH would like to thank Mr. Ravi Kant from Jascap foundation for organizing this event for Women’s Day.




 
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