Lifeline Express: A real lifeline to cancer patients in need

The oral cancer screening done by the dentists at Lifeline Express found 36 patients suffering from oral cancers and 180 with pre-cancerous lesions. This is one of the highest burdens of oral cancer ever detected in any of the camps held so far. Docs claim that this is the world’s first cancer facility on train. It is currently stationed at Mirzapur

Lifeline Express: A real lifeline to cancer patients in need

Cancer surgeries were performed on the Lifeline Express on September 09, 2017 it is a train that is stationed at Mirzapur station. The purpose of Lifeline Express is obvious, it helps cancer patients get a new life and it also is the only lifeline that can help save them here.

The surgeries carried out on this train were completely free of cost, keeping in mind the poor people of the region suffering from very advanced cancers.

The cancer surgery at life line express is being led by Prof Pankaj Chaturvedi of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

The Tata Memorial Centre is supporting the efforts of Impact India Foundation for accessible cancer services through Lifeline Express.

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi Anti-Tobacco Activist and Professor and Surgeon, Tata Memorial Hospital said, “It is personally most rewarding experience to offer state of art cancer surgery to poorest people at their native town without any cost to them. It is a great experience that hundreds of oncologists have agreed to offer their services voluntarily. Though the cancer service started only 7 months back, it is evolving very well.”

In continuation there was a Continuous Medical Education Programme organised to sensitise and train the local doctors to screen and diagnose the cancer patient in early stages.

The oral cancer screening done by the dentists at Lifeline Express found 36 patients suffering from oral cancers and 180 with pre-cancerous lesions.

This is one of the highest burdens of oral cancer ever detected in any of the camps held so far.

This is due to very high level of tobacco chewing in this population. Breast cancer is also very common cancer that we found.

Until now, the Lifeline Express project at Mirzapur, which is sponsored by Hans Foundation and Taiki Sha have helped thousands of patients benefit from it and their work is still being carried out.

With regards to cancer, the statistics is as follows:

Short Summary of Patients:

  • Pintoo, 24 years, Oral Cancer from Gopalpur. He is a labourer with monthly income of 3000
  • Bharatlal, 55 years, stage 4 oral cancer from Lokapur. He is a farmer without any income
  • Lal Bahadur, 58 years, stage 4 oral cancer from Kamapur Kala. He is a labourer
  • Anil Kumar , 32 years, Stage 3 Tongue Cancer from Bhujwar Chowki, daily wages employee

On December 08, 2016 Lifeline express have been added with two additional coaches to introduce Oral, Breast and Cervical cancer prevention and control programme.

It was a crucial day as the first ever cancer surgery has been performed in an operation theatre of the Lifeline Express Hospital train for oral cancer.

The objective of adding cancer services in lifeline express is to create cancer awareness, simplify screening & diagnostic methods and provide treatment to initial stage cancer patients.

On September 09, a cancer awareness workshop was held with help and support of Indian Medical Association along with the district health officials led by District Magistrate and CMO Vimal Kumar Dubey.

Prof Pankaj Chaturvedi made presentation on prevention and early detection of cancers. Vimal Kumar Dubey promised to do his best to improve the cancer prevention and screening program of the district. He expressed his happiness with performance of the Lifeline express for the poor and needy population.