Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Choosing the Right Hospital

When you know that you are diagnosed with Cancer you need to get the best possible medical treatment. Every patient has a dilemma in choosing a hospital and doctor. This is the most important decision that has to made. There are Hundreds of hospitals hospitals in India, but how to decide which one ?

Here are some suggestions given by the members of  Yoddhas patient support group-

About 80% of the patients agree that the primary aspect should be considered is the doctors of the Hospital.
But, How can one know the doctor is good enough of any specific hospital?
Stay away from doctors who hide facts and avoid questions. Best doctor is one & only preference who can take any bold decision if needed. The doctor should be easy to approach and must have full knowledge about your treatment every time you visit.
The success rate ,reputation and experience of the doctor should also be considered.

Choosing a Good Hospital
It is important that the hospital is equipped with modern and advance technology. The administration and the nursing staff is also a deciding factor.
It is always a good choice to select a hospital which that has experience in treating your type of Cancer. Most big and reputed hospitals have more experience with different kinds of cancer and offer more services to the patient.

The following hospitals are shortlisted based upon the positive reviews given by the patients –

Tata Memorial Hospital
Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital
Medanta Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon
Prince Aly Khan Hospital
Omega Hospitals ,Hyderabad
Christian Medical College & Hospital ,Vellore
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital ,Pune
BLK Super Speciality Hospital
Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Hospital
Apollo Hospital, Bangalore
Fortis S.L. Raheja Hospital, Mumbai
Army Hospital Research & Referral
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi
 Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
 Omega Hospitals
Max Hospital, Saket
Manipal hospital, Bangalore
Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals,Kolkata
Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute
 Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, India
 Indraprastha Apollo Hospital,Newdelhi
Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital , Mumbai
Action Cancer Hospital ,New Delhi
Yashoda hospital . Secunderabad
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital pune
Narayana Healthcity
Max Hospital Patparganj
Cmc Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Jehangir Hospital, Pune
Fortis Hospital, B.G Road, Bangalore
Hinduja Hospital ,Mumbai
Mahaveer cancer and research center,Jaipur
Saifi Hospital,Mumbai
Leelavati Hospital, Mumbai
Nanavati hospital
Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta
Kailash Cancer Hospital Muni Seva Ashram,Gujarat
Fortis Hospital,Gurgaon
Hinduja Hospital
INS Ashwani,Mumbai
Sahyadri Hospital,Pune
Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital
Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Nagpur
Arthemis Hospital ,Gurgaon
Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (ABMH)
Dharamshila Hospital and Research Centre
Yashoda Hospital, Ghaziabad
Appolo Hospital

The above information was extracted based upon the reviews given by the Patients of Yoddhas support community.Please take your choice wisely.

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 Author- Akshith Vijay Kumar

Saturday, December 5, 2015


For many cancer patients, hair loss is the most distressing and feared side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. If you don't want anybody to know you're losing your hair, wigs may be your answer.

Chemo preferentially affects rapidly dividing cells.  Because cancer cells divide more rapidly than normal cells, they will be affected by chemo first.  Many cells like in the hair follicles are also rapidly dividing.  They get affected by chemo as well.  That is why mouth sores and hair loss are so common in chemo patients.
Because the question of hair loss concerns many people facing chemotherapy, there were some attempts made to save the hair on the scalp during chemotherapy by using ice or binding the scalp.  The result was that chemo was not getting to the places it needed to reach to eradicate the cancer.  So avoiding hair loss from chemo can actually lead to leaving cancerous cells in the scalp.
Such attempts were stopped when it was realized that it was detrimental to cancer patients.  The good news is that hair that falls out due to chemo does grow back.  Sometimes it is of different texture, at least initially.

Covering up hair loss due to chemo can range from wigs to hats to bandannas, whatever is most comfortable and least irritating for you.  It is temporary.  Hair usually grows back after chemo is finished.  You don't want anything that will irritate or abrade the skin during chemo as any abrasion or scratch can lead to infection at the time when the body is most vulnerable.

A wide range of factors will influence your choice of wigs: human hair or synthetic; short or long; custom- or machine-made.
  • Synthetic wigs are the most popular choice and most widely recommended type of wig for cancer treatment wearers.Most people prefer synthetic hair. It's easier to maintain and less expensive. Synthetic hair also dries faster than real hair. Well-made synthetic wigs may look real. Major drawback of synthetic hair is they fry when exposed to heat. So no curling irons or blow dryers unless they are specifically designed for wigs. Hot rollers can be used, but only at low settings. And avoid exposing the wig to any intense heat sources such as an oven. The blast of heat will cause frizzing. Synthetic hair wigs that are usually worn are extremely uncomfortable, itchy and expensive. The cost of one such wig is about Rs.25,000 to Rs.30,000.

  • Real hair is human hair. The majority of hair is collected from women in Asia who have long, good quality hair. The hair is then treated and dyed into a range of colours.  Real hair wig needs more care than synthetic hair. As each time it is washed it normally needs blow-drying and styling to look good. Natural hair wigs, meanwhile, come at price of approximately Rs.17,000.

  • Machine-made wigs are the least expensive and most widely available. Wefts of hair are sewn together in a straight line, cut and assembled into a wig. Many look extremely realistic as long as they are not parted, pulled back or otherwise altered. Some people find these wigs more comfortable because the construction creates vents that allow air to circulate to the scalp.

  • Hand-made wigs look the most natural of the prefabricated choices because individual strands are knotted on to a skullcap rather than wefts of hair being sewn together. These wigs can be parted and styled with accessories because there is no chance the vents will be exposed. The hair also falls and moves more naturally.

  • Custom-made wigs are almost indistinguishable from natural hair. They are usually not a viable option for cancer patients, as they are extremely expensive and generally take more than two months to complete. Make sure that you have final approval on the choice of hair and style



Take a look at this little girl who is donating her hair for the sake of the cancer patients:
Emily James is just your typical little 3 year old princess. She loves nail polish, frilly dresses and when she can get her hands on it, mums lipstick. Emily’s parents suggested the idea to Emily to cut her hair and donate it for cancer wigs. They sat down and explained to her that to donate her hair, she would need to cut it fairly short, and that it would be a long time before she had long hair again. They looked at pictures together of little kids with no hair, they looked at pictures of wigs and they also looked at shorter styles - and she still wanted to make the donation.

Places where the cancer patients can find wigs in India are:

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Author- Akshay Shaligram