• Watch your child for addiction; it can cause cancer
    Lifestyle

    Watch your child for addiction; it can cause cancer

    This is one cancer story that no parent would like to hear about but for Dr Raj Nagarkar, managing director and surgical oncologist at HCG Manavata Cancer Centre, Nashik, it has been an eye-opener on how deadly tobacco consumption can be. A ten-year-old boy from Nashik, who picked up the habit of consuming tobacco from his father’s leftover gutka packets, developed cancer after a month of use and died within four years of diagnosis despite best efforts. Dr Nagarkar, who has performed more than 45,000 cancer surgeries in the last 20 years and operates on at least 250 cancer patients every month, was aghast when a cancer survivor (a woman…

  • The Gift of a Question in Cancer Care
    Gifts

    The Gift of a Question in Cancer Care

    Debbie Scoles, RN, has been a source of strength and hope for patients and colleagues alike. We have all weathered the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, and through it all she has always shown courage, grace and good cheer. I would like to share a short anecdote of my interaction with Debbie from a few months ago. However, I would note that this is just one of the many ways I have drawn strength from her as a person and as an oncology caregiver. We had a beautiful patient (let’s call her Ms. Pea) who was devastated about being admitted to the hospital. Debbie was there to comfort our patient,…