World Cancer Day: Life after cancer is as important as life during the treatment: Dr Nikunj Vithalani
World Cancer Day is celebrated all over the world on 4 February every year to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. This year the theme for cancer campaign is ‘Close the care gap.’ It is all about identifying and addressing the barriers that exist for many people around the world in access the care they need. Multiple initiatives are run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer.
One of city’s well-known Oncologist Dr Nikunj Vithalani is a renowned Oncosurgeon of South Gujarat, with more than 11 years of experience. He is serving at Basil Oncocare and is teaching as a professor in Bharat Cancer Research Institute for DNB in Surgical Oncology. DrNikunj Vithalani has done his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Baroda. He has done DNB in Surgical Oncology from University of Pune. He has a vast experience of treating a number of cancer types for several years. He gives an insight into how the society can help the cancer patients regain a normal life.
Almost all cancer survivors will face psychological and emotional issues that can show up many years after treatment. Some of the most common psychosocial issues are faced by cancer survivor include fear of recurrence that their cancer will come back at some point. Cancer survivors who have experienced amputations, disfigurement or a major change in physical function can suffer from a lack of self-esteem or even from depression. Moreover, people with cancer often find themselves in a state of isolation due to denial and avoidance by society. Says Dr Nikunj, “Life after cancer is as important as life during the treatment. Emotional support can be a powerful tool for both cancer survivors and their families. So as a society, we should help cancer survivors to regain normalcy as soon as possible.”
However, there are many social stigma and negative perceptions regarding cancer, particularly in our country. This not only affects cancer care and treatment but also puts a strain on prevention efforts. The family and the community in association with the health system can play a crucial role to minimize the stigma in cancer. Honesty and open communication with loved ones can minimize negative feelings. Support groups and counseling services can help improve the quality of life of a cancer survivor. A cancer survivor should be allowed to work and regain his previous job and be treated just like other staff,
Nevertheless, we need to make attempts to make the lives of cancer diagnosed patients more livable by reducing all forms of the stigma associated with it.
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