JORABAT, April 18 - For patients undergoing cancer treatment, anxiety can heighten the expectancy of pain, other symptoms of distress and sleep disturbances. It can substantially interfere with the quality of life of cancer patients and their families, and should be evaluated and treated, says a city-based doctor laying stress on the patients who are not able to visit the hospital for medical consultation due to the lockdown.
Taking serious note of the issue, Sanjeevani � Life Beyond Cancer, a cancer care organisation working for the underprivileged at the national level, has come up with a unique initiative to extend a helping hand during the nationwide lockdown.
Through the initiative, various therapists, nutritionists, yogis, doctors and other specialists are providing free online sessions through tele-counselling every day to the patients at home. This will help in enhancing the patient�s immunity through correct nutrition, psychological support, yoga and other therapies, an official from Sanjeevani�s Guwahati unit informed.
�This session amid the nationwide lockdown is helping patients from the North East and all over India immensely to deal with anxiety and stress by getting the right advice from a doctor. We are also providing counselling to the patients to stay safe from the corona pandemic,� Ruby Ahluwalia, founder of the organisation said through a video message.
Ahluwalia further extended helpline numbers 8691000800/8691000801 for patients who need counselling. The initiative that was launched on April 6, will continue till the lockdown is lifted.