ISBN 9789381770016,Face To Face With Cancer

Face To Face With Cancer



Fortytwo Bookz Galaxy

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789381770016

ISBN-10 9381770018


Language (English)

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Anagha discovered her cancer by chance which she successfully fought thanks to hope and help from everyone around. While recuperating, she began to explore facts about cancer. Having been trained and practiced as a social development specialist for over 25 years of her life, her interest in various psycho - social issues surrounding cancer survivors was but natural. Her interactions with a good number of fellow patients as well as careful research impressed on her the paucity of medical facilities and services as well as other basic psycho social concerns related to cancer care in India compared to developed countries. This book thus is more than just a personal story. Interweaving her personal experiences with available relevant resources the book tries to bring forth some relevant issues in the cancer care scenario of India that need attention sooner rather than later. The book begins by sharing author?s vivid insights into her personal experiences of diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy presenting a rainbow of human emotions during those agonizing times. It then goes on to describe what all she went through while coping with life after cancer - the moments of feeling low and picking herself up and how this crucial time impregnated the seed of this book. She provides information right from screenings to positive attitude to various techniques of visualization, meditation, yoga etc based on her learning which may be of great help for people going through similar issues. She also tries to impress upon the reader as to how it could be possible not to make cancer the dreaded BIG C ? at a personal, family and societal level. Her primary caregivers consisting of her husband and two daughters contribute their experiences and insights which the author utilizes as a base for discussing in depth various psychosocial issues faced by caregivers and offers some tips for caring for cancer patients. The basic premise coming across is - ?This is my life, I will make the most of it here and now by loving it and not living it in fear?- that every human being should know and follow in their lives- irrespective of cancer. The book then transcends from personal level into the analysis of current cancer care scenario in India by putting forth some basic factual information about cancer care such as trends and incidence of cancer in India; existing govt. programs for cancer control etc. and then goes on to discuss some pertinent issues regarding cancer care in a developing country like India. Well supported with appropriate studies, it takes an overview of cancer care strategy from prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment to palliative care examining the gaps in great details - such as how existing technological advances benefit a few privileged patients in metropolitan cities while a vast majority of cancer patients in rural and semi -urban areas remain deprived or how the current focus on the bi-medical model of cancer falls short to respond to various psycho social needs of the patient as well as their family members. The discussion on psycho-social rehabilitation of cancer patients elaborates in details the need, the gaps and the possible solutions as well as argues about enhancing oncology social work for the benefit of cancer patients in India and argues about the important issue of advocacy and how the lack of it has been detrimental to cancer care scenario in India. The discussion on stigma and discrimination highlights the fact that while most of the developed countries include cancer under the Disability Act and provide for appropriate rehabilitation facilities and human resources; we in India are yet to even initiate a debate on such issues. It also points out with examples as to how stigma and discrimination remains very much associated with this disease, how human rights of cancer patients are violated, especially at workplace and proposes what could be done in this regard. The appendix provide some vital information on selected lists of hospitals, NGOs, support groups, concession forms for railway and air travel, visualization for healing etc. that would be of great help to cancer patients and their families. The concluding chapters give a peep into her current life status and the cheer with which the author looks forward to future. Written in a very simple and easy to understand language, the book comes straight from the author?s heart and expects to touch readers? hearts with a powerful message of hope and help. While Maj. Gen Cardozo, the Chairman Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi has written the foreword; Dr. Koppiker, well known Cancer Surgeon and Founder of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission, Pune has written the introduction. Besides, the book has been appreciated by various experts from the field across India. Dr. A. K. Mukherjee, Director General of Indian Spinal Injury Center, New Delhi is pleased to note that ?the book contains a range of human emotions intermingled with scientific knowledge about cancer.? Mr. Hari Mundra, Jt. Managing Trustee of Indian Cancer Society, Mumbai ?welcomes this book as a beacon of hope and determination for anyone touched by the disease? Ms. Harmala Gupta, Founder President of CanSupport, New Delhi feels that ?this book is undoubtedly one more important step in the fight to remove the stigma that is still attached to cancer in India.? Mr. Parimal Ghosh, Founder and General Secretary of Cancer Care India finds it ? wonderful and down to earth book with rich insights? whereas ?impressed by Anagha?s lucid articulation?, Mr Sumit Roy, Clinical Psychologist and Founder Director of Digdarshika, Bhopal feels the book is ?a must read for all persons and families going through the anguish and agony of cancer?. The book has been published by the 42bookz Galaxy, Mumbai who appreciated the cause and have been instrumental in showing this highly readable, informative and inspiring book the light of the day.