Eighty-seven patients were seen at the clinic, out of which a staggering sixty-one patients (70%) suffered from cancer. Another three patients were found to have symptoms that pointed towards possible malignancy, and needed diagnostic tests as follow-ups.
Not only were cancer patients in majority, but it was patients from outside of Rishikesh who out-numbered local patients. Fifty-one patients came to the clinic from towns other than Rishikesh, many of them from western Uttar Pradesh, the state that borders Uttarakhand. Some of the more financially secure patients turned into donors as they saw the service that was being provided by the Hospice team.
With two oncologists seeing patients, and two other senior doctors providing support in consultation, the waiting time for patients was cut down, even though the clinic footfall was heavy. Patients were also given counselling support, medicines and refreshments, and were offered home care and inpatient care, wherever needed.