Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Delhi, with the aim of providing information and awareness amongst the cancer survivors about the preventable nature of these conditions and the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles, organized “Celebrating Life” today.
This get together, was organized with the aim to provide the Childhood Cancer Survivors with an opportunity to meet, celebrate & share their experiences with each other. Parents of childhood cancer survivors very much want to protect their children from harm on issues related to psychosocial aspects of survivorship. These protective feelings can increase usual tensions between parents and teenagers over issues related to growing independence specially in matters related to health. Other teens who have had cancer develop feelings of invincibility making them indulge in risky behavior. Hence interacting with other people with similar problems help them achieve the balance that they very much need.
Dr. Gauri Kapoor, Director – Pediatric Hematology Oncology, RGCI & RC, informed that Childhood cancers constitute 3% of the total cancer burden, however have high cure rates if diagnosed early and treated appropriately. Prior to the early 1970s, most children with cancer did not survive. With significant advances in radiation and chemotherapy, the 1980s and 1990s was a time when many children were successfully treated for their cancer and became long-term survivors. Much has been learned since this first wave of cancer survivors were treated and cured.
Newer therapies are based on improved understanding of the potential treatment complications of those earlier therapies, and continued research in this area is critical.
A significant proportion of these cancer survivors may face social, psychological and chronic health problems. It is important for survivors to realize that many of these chronic health issues can be diagnosed early and more easily treated, or sometimes even prevented. For instance, many late effects can be avoided or minimized by eating a healthy diet, being physically active, and choosing not to smoke.
The Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, is committed to providing holistic care for its patients.