TRICHY: Though the top government hospital in the city lacks an oncology department to provide treatment to cancer patients, a group of medical personnel on Sunday launched a body named Breast Cancer Society to address issues faced by breast cancer patients. The aim of the society is to educate these patients about treatment considering the increasing number of cases in the city.
Financial constraints, fear of mastectomy and treatment-related hair loss discourage some from treating breast cancer. The society plans to utilize the services of people who had cure for the disease. They will share their experience with breast cancer patients so that unnecessary fear is eliminated.
A study conducted by Onco Club found that around 600 new breast cancer patients are diagnosed every year in Trichy and Thanjavur districts. “The actual number of breast cancer patients would be around 2,000 in Trichy.
However, some don’t come forward for breast screening due to unnecessary fear. The society would try to allay such fear among people,” said oncologist Dr Arun Seshachalam, Trichy.
The society, which is the first of its kind in the city, has assured to provide even financial assistance to cancer patients for treatment. “The state and central governments have a lot of schemes for cancer treatment. But people are not aware of them. The society will help them get assistance for treatment,” said Dr Arun.
Dr K S Devanathan, president of Indian Medical Association ( IMA), said right and timely treatment would cure cancer.
“Breast cancer is a common disease among women. But they need not be worried about it because there are a lot of patients who got cured through proper treatment. Nowadays, many people are aware of the treatment facilities and come forward for treatment,” said Devanathan.
It may be noted that Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Trichy, a premier government hospital has been running without an oncology department. Though they have facilities for screening tests, mammography, an important facility to diagnose breast cancer, is not available. Hence, patients have to rely on private hospitals.