By Health In Five Writer
Zen Multi Speciality Hospital has introduced Zen Oncocare, a 11 bedded state-of-the-art oncology departments to offer quality care for people fighting this deadly disease. The Covid pandemic has led to innumerable challenges for cancer patients across the country disrupting usual services leading to delayed treatment and care.
India is home to millions of cancer patients. The number is increasing at an alarming rate during the pandemic. Once considered an old age disease, cancer is now a growing matter of concern among the youth and children. Certain factors such as age, family history, tobacco, alcohol, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and pollution contribute to the increase in cancers. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), there will be an estimated 12 % rise in cancer cases in India in the next five years. But, a majority of people do not have access to quality diagnosis and care.
Dr Roy Patankar, Director, Zen Multi Speciality Hospital, Chembur said, “Covid has affected oncology care in India and across the world. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are key in tackling cancer. Diagnosis can be delayed as screening programs have been decreased or suspended. So, the hospital has come up with a first-of-its-kind of 11 bedded dedicated oncology department to deal with small and rarest malignancies via cutting-edge technology and skilled experts. The aim is to provide safe and precision-oriented care through the patient-centric approach. We have state-of-the-art technology right from dedicated and well-trained specialized staff for chemotherapy with specialized cabinets to prepare chemotherapy drugs.”
“Our chemotherapy daycare centre conducts approximately 300 procedures per month including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. But, now we can able to offer treatment to 550 to 600 patients per month by having a full-fledged department. The chemotherapy nurses are trained and experienced and use a Biosafety Cabinet with a laminar flow system for the safe and sterile preparation of cytotoxic medicines. Through our partners, we offer comprehensive onco pathology and histopathology, and molecular studies which help in prognostication and guide the treatment of cancer. We give appropriate dietary counseling, psychological counseling, and patient support groups to help patients through the treatment. The aim is to provide uninterrupted services and comprehensive care in diagnosing and treating patients,” averred Dr. Patankar.
The department was launched by actor, director and producer Mahesh Manjrekar who is himself a cancer survivor, in the presence of Dr Roy Patankar, Director, Zen Multi Speciality Hospital, Dr Nilesh Lokeshwar, Medical Oncologist, Dr Adwait Gore, Medical Oncologist, Dr Vaishali Roy Patankar, and Dr Tanveer Abdul Majeed, Surgical Oncologist.