26 February 2019 | Views | By Dr. Gaurav Thukral
Dr. Gaurav Thukral, COO, HealthCare atHOME shares his views on Cancer Care at Home
Dr. Gaurav Thukral, COO, HealthCare atHOME
Uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that destroy the normal tissue of the body with the ability to migrate from their site of origin is called cancer.If diagnosed, early cancer can be treated.However, lack of awareness among masses often results in late diagnosis, which is followed by a bad prognosis. Every cancer is different and making masses aware of each one of them may not practically possible, however, awareness regarding some common warning signs and regular screening can help in early diagnosis and better prognosis.
Prevention is better than cure, a cliché that still holds true. Sadly, there are no guaranteed methods to prevent cancer, however, healthy eating habits, regular exercise, vaccinations against hepatitis B & HPV might reduce the risk.
A cancer diagnosis is challenging for the person as well as his family. The person often goes into denial and questions his destiny. There are high chances of the patient going in depression in lack of emotional support. Support from family and counselling often helps the patients to accept the situation. Once diagnosed, the next step is a selection of the treatment approach. Cancer can be managed surgically, medically or as a combination of both depending on the type and extent of cancer.Non-surgical approaches include chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Care at Home
Technological and medical advancements have made it possible to deliver 70% of hospital care in the comfort of home and cancer management is no exception. Taking a step further Healthcare atHome is providing services like screening breast and cervical cancer at home.Cancer is a disease that carries a fear factor with it and people are often confused about cancer treatment at home; therefore it becomes very important to understand that what can be expected at home. Except for surgical management and radiotherapy, every other aspect of cancer care starting from counselling to chemotherapy can be availed at home.
Why Care at Home?
Cancer treatment is consuming not only physically but also financially.
Future of Cancer Care at Home
Cancer care at home has already become popular because of its economic and emotional advantages. However, it still stays out of the reach of people who depend on government schemes and insurance for their management. Time has come when government and insurance companies should evaluate their stand over cancer management at home.