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RFP Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Volume  3, Issue 2, July-December 2018, Pages 47-50

Review Article

Importance of Palliative Care in Cancer: Indian Scenarioq

Sachin Narwadiya1, Gulshan Karhade2

1Scientist C, Vigyan Prasar, A50 Institutional Area, Sector 62, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201309, India. 2Laboratory Technician, Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Mother and Child Health, Near Gharkul Parisar, N.I.T.Complex, Nandanwan, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440009, India.

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 The cancer treatment is at present based on chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Both these treatments have lots of side effects including severe pain to the patients. Thus, importance of palliative care to the cancer patients is more needed for management of cancer. As per the World Health Organization definition the Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Some of the objectives of Palliative care are provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms; affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; intends neither to hasten or postpone death; integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care; offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death; help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own betterment. The review study reveals that there is need for increase of palliative care in India. The palliative care at present is about 1-2% of total patients suffering from cancer which need to be increased to maximum patients. A case study did by Ankit Chandra (2016) stated that the palliative care can be increased by awareness among the public. Here role of Institution engaged in Science Communication and Healthcare like ICMR, Vigyan Prasar, NISCAIR-CSIR become more important for carrying out mass awareness towards this social issue of palliative care.

Keywords: Palliative Care; Treatment; Cancer; India.

Corresponding Author : Gulshan Karhade