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Dr Rupali Dewan,
Shradha Cancer Care Trust
Ganga Prem Hospice
|Dr (Mrs) Rupali
As the consulting gynaecologist
of Ganga Prem Hospice, Dr Rupali Dewan has to
deal with not just medical problems of the Hospice's
patients, but also with psychological fears related
to death that terminally-ill patients often feel.
Dr Rupali has given consultations to patients
at many of the Hospice's monthly cancer clinics.
Her female patients largely suffer from cancers
of the uterus, cervix or breast. "I have
come across many patients who are physically weak
and show psychological traits of fear, agony and
distress," says the doctor who is the senior
gynaecologist and obstetrician at Delhi's
Dr Rupali's work at Ganga Prem Hospice's
cancer clinics in Rishikesh has made her a known
figure around the area. In April 2009, Dr Rupali,
along with Dr Ajay Dewan, represented Ganga Prem
Hospice at a 10-day long health camp in Haridwar,
a neighbouring city of Rishikesh. Dr Rupali checked
30 patients there and the consultations included
advising women on how to screen themselves for
early signs of cancer.
As somebody who has been
closely related to the Hospice since the project's
inception, Dr Rupali understands how important
a Hospice's services are at a time when the
number of cancer patients in India is increasing.
"I do not want that families should forsake
the patients just because a hospice is there to
take care of the dying, but it is true that many
patients would themselves opt for moving into
a Hospice if such a facility were there."
Dr Rupali Dewan has
a busy work schedule everyday as her practice
at the Safdurjung Hospital keeps her away from
home for almost 12-hours a day, but whenever she
gets an opportunity, she spends her time with
her family. Being a doctor herself, Dr Rupali
understands the zeal with which her husband and
oncologist, Dr Ajay Dewan, has been working on
the Ganga Prem Hospice project. With monthly visits
to Rishikesh for the cancer clinics, the senior
gynaecologist has to organise her time even better
to be able to attend to home and work.