‘Let a person die with dignity’, say palliative care experts

Yesteryear’s super hit movie, ‘Anand’ grabbed eyeballs for its portrayal of characters and unique presentation of death- acceptance. Anand, is a cancer patient who doesn’t wish to confine to bed in his final days and wished to die peacefully. That is the kind of life that palliative care tries to advocate, to help the person to be bereft of pain and suffering. However, the experts say that we are poorly prepared, in case of palliative care

‘Let a person die with dignity’, say palliative care expertsFor the 83-year-old, Nitin Kumar (name changed) his family was everything. Like anybody in that age, he had started feeling more breathless and came to the doctors with the complaint of heart ailments. Kumar had a severe heart disease which took a toll on his kidney. Kumar’s family approached the palliative care unit at Hinduja […]

Success: Know how palliative care unit is improving the quality of lives in Jawhar

A team of Patangshah Cottage Hospital Jawhar is running a successful unit of palliative care with an aim of not leaving behind, those who are suffering. As it is imperative to understand and improve the quality of life of those who are affected with life-limiting diseases such as cancer, HIV, sickle cell diseases, drug-resistant TB and other diseases which are not curable

Success: Know how palliative care unit is improving the quality of lives in JawharJawhar is a municipal council in Palghar district of Maharashtra. This taluka mostly consists of the tribal population and it is a topic of discussion for rampant malnutrition. But amongst the adversities, a team of Patangshah Cottage Hospital Jawhar is running a successful unit of palliative care in the Jawhar taluka. This unit was started in 2011 with the guidance of Tata […]

Tata Hospital observes ‘World Hospice and Palliative Care Day’

The Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai, offers a number of services to its patients, among them is home-based palliative service. The world observes ‘The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day’ on second Saturday of October every year. At TMH, the theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017 was ‘Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don't leave those suffering behind’

Tata Hospital observes ‘World Hospice and Palliative Care Day’An 88-year-old Sunanda Sawant, who is seen wearing a paper cap was shaking her leg on some Bollywood tunes played in the auditorium at Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai on October 13.  Sunanda, who lives in Ghatkopar, had a cancerous tumour on the left eye. She has been a registered patient for the palliative care […]

Improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients is Dr Joyita’s mission

Palliative care is still a neglected aspect in our healthcare system. Palliative care intends to provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms to the patient. While our healthcare system still hasn’t embraced the concept of palliative care. Dr Deodhar throws a light upon what can be done to improve its condition

Improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients is Dr Joyita’s missionWhen a person encounters any life-threatening disease (cancer, diabetes, neurological conditions, coronary heart disease, HIV/Aids etc.), a traumatising battle for physical and emotional well-being begins. A life-threatening illness not only takes a toll on the patient but also on the family members. Palliative care is an approach which addresses these issues and tries to improve […]

Primary healthcare needs to improve and gain importance in India, say panellists

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Western Region hosted a panel discussion on ‘Primary Healthcare and Wellness’ on Wednesday at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. The discussion dealt with the need of innovations and practices with regards to primary healthcare

Primary healthcare needs to improve and gain importance in India, say panellistsPrimary healthcare and wellness is a topic of discussion that each of us will look forward too. It is so because accessible quality primary healthcare has been a neglected area in the healthcare sector for more than two decades now. However, there is no denying that there is ample innovation in the sector of medicine […]

We’re Bad at Death. Can We Talk?

Talking about death will never be easy, but it is increasingly necessary. As medical technology advances, there will be more and more we can do — but it’s not always clear there’s more we should do

We’re Bad at Death. Can We Talk?Her last conversation should not have been with me. I’d just arrived for the night shift in the I.C.U. when her breathing quickened. I didn’t know much about the patient, and the little I did know wasn’t good: She had cancer. Her lungs were filled with fluid. As her breathing deteriorated and her oxygen levels […]