Department of Palliative Medicine was established in Oct 2010.
Being a Regional Cancer Center, we have un-interrupted supply of oral Morphine for Cancer patients. Interventional procedures for Pain Management are done in co-ordination with anaesthesiologists. Intravenous, subcutaneous or Epidural Morphine injection is given for difficult cases.
Clinical Activities :
Patients with pain and other symptoms like Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, constipation, Anorexia, Fatigue, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety are referred to us as Out-patients as well as from In-patients. We also provide supportive care to patients undergoing Radio and Chemotherapy and help them tolerate side effects.
We take care of terminally ill patients and counsel their relatives for upcoming event.
We do home visits in afternoon on daily basis for home bound patients and make them comfortable in their own environment.
Patient with maggots in wound, having difficult symptoms, and terminally stage of disease are admitted at Hospice at Vasna Center.
Counseling is the most important part of Palliative Care. Counseling regarding disease, its stage, recurrence and prognosis is part of the care. Patients and their families are provided Social, Spiritual and Psychological support along with medicines.
Academic Activities :
Department is recognized for “Essentials of Palliative Care” a certificate course recognized by IAPC. This course was conducted in June 2013 and December 2013. Total 36 medical and paramedical staff completed this course successfully.
Research Activities :
Sphenopalatine Block for Head & Neck Cancer Pain Management: This is a project supported by Gujarat Cancer Society, started in July 2013. It will be done over a period of two years and 50 patients suffering from Pain due to Head & Neck cancer, will be treated by Radio frequency ablation of Sphenopalative Ganglion and will be followed up. Dr. Priti Sanghavi, Dr. Geeta Joshi and Dr. Dipak Patel, (Neurosurgeon) are investigators for the project.
A dedicated computer system with software for patient records is available for record keeping. Such records will go a long way in providing assistance to Cancer Registry as well. A periodic evaluation of the data helps us in research and further planning of treatment. Jiv Daya Foundation has provided this online software for keeping Patients' record.