Cancer is still the most dreaded disease. I remember the first time, I witnessed the reaction of a patient’s relatives, when they found out about the possibility of cancer. It is overwhelming for a patient, as also for his relatives, and friends to find out about cancer. Your feelings are a mixture of fear, anxiety, anger, sorrow, and a tinge of hope.
Talk about your feelings. Read about the people who fought cancer, and won. Most of the cancers have a good chance of cure or prolonged survival if detected early. There are many cancer hospitals in Mumbai with state of the art technology, which offer good treatment modalities.
Cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells. Normal cells have a definite life span, and they die at the end of it (by a process called apoptosis). Cancer cells continue to divide without stopping. Cancer can affect any type of body part from skin, and muscles to the vital organs.
Once diagnosed with cancer, you need an oncologist. An oncologist is a medical professional, who specializes in treatment of cancer. Your family doctor might refer you to an oncologist or you can search online for oncologists in Mumbai. Find an oncologist with whom you feel comfortable, and who treats your type of cancer.
There are six types of oncologists:
Medical oncologist: He treats cancer with the help of drugs, i.e. chemotherapy or hormonal therapy.
Surgical oncologist: Focuses on treating cancer with surgical removal of the tumor. He also performs biopsies.
Radiation oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer with radiotherapy.
Pediatric Oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer in children.
Gynecologic Oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer in women with gynecological cancers.
Hematologist Oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer of blood.
The first three oncologists normally work together to treat a person with cancer. Principle treatment modalities include Radiation therapy, Surgery, Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and Hormonal therapy. One or more than one treatment modalities may be used for effective cancer treatment.
When you’re looking for cancer institutes in Mumbai, you have to check the Tata Memorial Centre located in Parel, Mumbai. It is a national comprehensive center for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
It admits cancer patients in two categories: as a general patient, who receives subsidized treatment rates, or a private patient. Online patient registration facility is also available. When the patient is admitted, he is enrolled in a disease management group so that he benefits from the expertise of the specialized doctors of the group.
The main aim of cancer diagnosis, and treatment planning is to cure the cancer and totally eradicate the tumor, or control the tumor growth to prolong the life of the patient, and to improve the quality of life of the cancer survivors.
Facing cancer is one of the hardest thing anyone can do in life. But remember Nikolai Lenin’s words, “the most important thing in illness is never to lose heart”.
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