The first ever Workshop on Palliative Care was organized under auspices of American Cancer Society USA by Cancer Aid Society and Dept. of Anesthesiology at Patna Medical College Hospital today which was Inaugurated by The Director & CEO RIIMS Prof. Tulsi Mahato, who appreciated the effort to improve the Palliative Care facilities and offered his full support. Prof. Ajeet Kumar HOD Anesthesia Welcomed the delegates and lauded the efforts of Cancer Aid Society for the humanitarian cause. Medical Supdt. assured full cooperation.
The Keynote Address was presented by Dr. Sukdev Naik Director, RCC Cuttack and Guest Faculty who later conducted the Workshop. WHO’s Perspective was explained by Mr. Piyush Gupta,
Program was facilitated by Prof. Govind Sahai and conducted by Dr. Somil Rastogi.
Cancer Aid Society raised a question to us:
Even the hardcore criminals who are sentenced to death are asked for their last wish which is fulfilled and they are given a painless death. It is indeed very unfortunate that in our country the patients who get a death warrant by Cancer have to suffer for months together in excruciating pain cursing themselves for none of the sins they have committed. Should they not be given freedom from acute pain as they pray for an early death to get rid of the pain. Yes they can ! says WHO by giving Oral Morphine. Then why do they suffer despite
About 1 million people experience excruciating cancer pain in
He further said that “Palliative Care for all individuals in need is an urgent humanitarian responsibility and should be the basic human right. Many states in
Purpose of the workshop is to sensitize others that “there is always something which can be done” even to a terminally ill patient by integrating holistic Palliative Care i.e.:
By incorporating all the above components we intend to improve the “quality of life” of the patients suffering from Cancer. We all know that Palliative Care is the “
Mr. Piyush Gupta informed according to WHO one third of the world’s ten million cancer cases diagnose each year can be prevented and other third can be cured through early detection and treatment. For the remaining one third incurable cases sufferings can be greatly relieved through effective palliative care. By definition WHO refers palliative care as:
l Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
l Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
l Intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
l Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patients care; Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
l Offers a support system to help family cope during the patient’s illness and bereavement;
l Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
l Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.