To commemorate National Cancer Awareness Day today, Medica Superspecialty Hospital launched a specialised clinic for cancer caregivers the Monobina Clinic. A panel discussion on ‘Importance of counselling of Cancer caregivers’ was also held after the launch.
During the discussion, Prof. (Dr) Subir Ganguly, Senior Consultant, Advisor, Radiation Oncology expressed, “It is critical to recognise that cancer does not only affect the body; it also has a profound impact on the mind and spirit of both patients and their dedicated caregivers. Caregivers typically bear the brunt of the responsibility of providing care, working diligently to satisfy the complicated requirements of their loved ones. However, without proper planning and assistance, this responsibility can become overwhelming, resulting in high levels of stress. This stress has an impact not only on caregivers’ psychological well-being, but it can also have an impact on their physical health over time. The consequences of this stress manifest as mental anguish, worry, sadness, feelings of powerlessness, and a lack of control. Caregivers have obstacles in their roles, and this difficulty can have an impact on their overall quality of life. We at Medica place a high value on providing holistic treatment. Monobina clinic is a monument to this commitment. From now onwards, we won’t simply provide treatment and counselling to our patients; we will also support the unsung heroes – the caregivers. Their mental health is crucial for us. We hope this will lessen the emotional load that cancer places on both patients and those who care for them by concentrating on their needs.”
Dr. Sourav Datta, Director, Medica Oncology, Consultant, Head and Neck Oncosurgery, stated, “In a world where cancer rates are on the rise, our dedication goes beyond mere disease treatment. We aim to protect the emotional strength of both patients and their caregivers. The fight against cancer is not solely a physical one; it equally relies on mental resilience. At Monobina Clinic, our primary emphasis lies in creating a specialized space to assist and uplift caregivers, equipping them with the optimism and resilience required to navigate this challenging path. By nurturing their mental well-being, we establish a solid foundation for providing optimal care to our patients, fostering a sense of hope and positivity in the battle against cancer.”
Joint Managing Director of the Medica Group of Hospitals Ayanabh Debhupta shared, “Caregivers are essential part of the care team for every person who has cancer. At Medica we understand that the experience of the caregivers can often be quite difficult & stressful. It is normal to feel tired, overwhelmed or sad during the caregiving journey. At our newly launched Monobina Clinic we want to address such emotional issues of the caregivers and extend guidance, assistance & mental support so that they do not feel alone.”