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Palliative Care

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Palliative Care

Palliative care as a discipline is an emerging field in cancer care in our country. Most of the cancer patients need palliative care but very few have access to it. Palliative care should start at the time of the cancer diagnosis and should be an integral part of management from the beginning. Awareness and infrastructure building are the focus areas in palliative care. Training of health care personnel in palliative care needs to be scaled up. Initiatives will be taken on the development of a community-based Palliative care model through health and wellness centres. Development of patient navigation programme in major cancer hospitals and RCCs in our country will be undertaken. Yoga and spirituality have a positive impact on improving patient outlook and can be integrated with palliative care.

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