Hyderabad: Director of MNJ Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. N. Jayalatha, said that the cancer treatment in the State is bound to improve in the coming years, if not months, following the introduction of more cancer treatment and diagnosis centres. The Director of the Tertiary Cancer Care Institute told Telangana Today that the new approach will also help in reducing patient pressure on MNJ Cancer Institute.
On present cancer care system
At present, since MNJ is the only tertiary cancer care treatment facility, patients from entire Telangana and even from Andhra Pradesh, places near Maharashtra-Telangana border and Karnataka come to us seeking treatment. A majority of them are referred to us by private hospitals at a very late stage and so we end up losing a lot of patients. There was a need to identify cancer at a very early stage and the proposal to set up exclusive cancer care centres in the districts is in the right direction.
On capacity building of personnel
MNJ Cancer Institute is not just a treatment facility but also a research and cancer training institute. We impart proper training to nurses, paramedics and even healthcare workers interested in learning about palliative care. We have trained nurses, ANMs and even healthcare workers who in turn work at the field level. The personnel trained by us are leading the special cancer screening camps in the districts of Telangana State.
On palliative care
We realised that late stage cancer patients, especially children, need palliative care support and that’s why we have a dedicated facility. We also have 100-bed paediatric ward for children who suffer from cancer. The palliative care facility also has dedicated and highly-trained professionals including clinical psychologists and counsellors. We are pioneers in palliative care and a recognised hospital that has the license to supply morphine for pain relief.