GUWAHATI, Aug 9 - City-based Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute has taken an initiative to form a BBCI Patient Welfare Group consisting of people from various walks of life willing to volunteer by interacting with patients to help them cope with the present condition and assist them in completing treatment.
�Cancer is usually associated with fear and anxiety, not only for the patients, but for family members as well. However, cancer, if detected and treated early, can be cured to a great extent. The fight against cancer is only complete with the participation of volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to help patients on their long, strenuous journey to recovery. Volunteers form an indispensable part of cancer care and people from all walks of life in the western countries participate in such programmes,� said a BBCI statement.
It added, �Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute has taken a path-breaking initiative to form a BBCI Patient Welfare Group which consists of people from various walks of life willing to volunteer and play a meaningful role by interacting with patients, which will help them cope with the present condition and to assist them in completing treatment with courage and conviction.�
In this regard, an orientation programme on cancer and hospital navigation, including interaction with mediapersons, will be held on August 12 at 11 am in the auditorium of the institute.
�The roles of the volunteers have been defined and they will start rendering their services from the month of August itself,� it said, inviting more people to join as volunteers by sparing one or two hours of their time once in a month at the institute.
�Just a few hours spent by volunteers with the patients could make a big difference. Volunteering is a highly rewarding experience, and the benefits are endless. A senior citizen can share his expertise, pick up new skills and meet new people at the same time. Anyone who has suffered from the disease knows how difficult life can be. But life does not end with it,� the institute said in the statement.