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Quantum Leaps in Nuclear Oncology – Towards Precision Medicine

Over the last few years, the field of nuclear oncology has witnessed several advancements based on continued research. Progress in nuclear medicine is leading to better outcomes in treating several cancers. Especially in cases of thyroid cancer, prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumours, nuclear medicine has offered a lot of hope, said Dr. P. S. Choudhury, Director of the Nuclear Medicine Department, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre (RGCIRC) and the Organising Chairperson of the annu... Read More

HPV Vaccination in India : New Progress and the way forward

In a promising advance in its fight against cervical cancer, India recently launched its first locally produced version of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine “Cervavac”. Currently, India lacks a national immunization program for carcinoma cervix eradication. Inclusion of Cervavac into the national immunization schedule wil... Read More

Healthy Dying and Good Death

There are different ways people die. The first is the sudden death. The other is the long death, which is what most of us will likely experience. “The reality is death from cancer, where you actually know it’s going to happen, and you can say goodbye”. It was 18th March 2004, I received a call from my friend. He had lung cancer with hepatic and brain metastasis. Disease had progressed relentlessly despite surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He wa... Read More

Onco-Anesthesiologist : A Silent Companion in Cancer Care

‘Cancer is a disease in which some of the cells become abnormal, grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.’ (National Cancer Institute, USA) Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, accounting for one in six deaths, with an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. In India, one in nine persons is likely to develop cancer in his / her lifetime. Some have equated can... Read More

When Doctor Becomes a Patient ?

When I became a House surgeon, I was quite arrogant, disciplinarian, tough with patients and their relations. People used to run out of the ward whenever I entered the big hall ward. One day senior staff nurse told me “please don’t scold attendants of patients. Do you know they call you “MCD ki Committee aa gayi”. You want to earn that reputation. After few days I my self lay on a trolley in the emergency department of big Govt. Hospital feeling extremely unwell. A young doctor clerked me in. He did not introduce himself by na... Read More

Oligometastatic Cancer Cervix – A Missed Opportunity ? Role of Radiotherapy

Cancer of the cervix is one of the commonest causes of female cancer-related deaths among women all over the world. Most of them are treated with Surgery or Concomitant Chemoradiation, with a disease-free survival (DFS) in Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics FIGO stage IIB-IV of 61-76 per cent, suggesting that many patients will present with recurrence. The recurrence rates of cervical cancer are 11% to 22% and 28% to 64% in (FIGO) stage IB-IIA and IIB-IVA diseas... Read More

Low Dose, Low Cost Immunotherapy In Head And Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers are very common in India due to frequent habit of chewing tobacco and betel quids. The outcome of advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is particularly poor and these patients are usually recommended expensive targeted therapies and immunotherapies which are standard of care in today’s practice. Financial hardship caused by cancer care is far more common than we think. There is growing evidence of financial problems among people with cancer. Read More

Doctor ! When Do You Want To Retire ?

I have had a very successful, very satisfying and very busy academic career. I have been asked how long I would continue to practice. My answer is “As long as it’s fun.” “No tiring, no retiring. Age is not a number but a state of mind. What is the right time for a doctor to retire? This is an oft-asked question. In any job, corporate or otherwise, it is mandatory to retire at a certain age. I think the wisdom of that is that you have a certain level of mental and physical fitness to function wel... Read More

Development of Inpatient and Outpatient Palliative Care Services at RGCIRC, Niti Bagh, South Delhi – An Exciting and Enriching Experience

Palliative Care in simple words means specialized medical care for patients suffering from life limiting illness. Our journey of establishing this field at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Niti Bagh started in 2017 with a thought to help those in need and a mission to make people understand regarding this emerging branch of medicine. It was started with certain goals in mind: To spread awareness amongst patients and their family members on how integration of early pa... Read More

Extrasensory Perception – ESP

S.B. one of my colleagues was a fighter, survivor of colon cancer. In February 2022 he told me that something bad is going to happen to him at the end of this year, may be recurrent or metastatic cancer. He remained well till November when he was admitted in hospital with abdominal pain. When he left home, he told his family that he will never comeback. He was investigated in hospital for his abdominal pain. Everyone assured him that it is not recurrent cancer. But next day his conditio... Read More

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