Why palliative care ?
A desperate need
According to the National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research, there are:
- 2 to 2.5 million cancer patients in the country at any given time
- Less than half percent have access to palliative care treatment
- Seven hundred thousand to nine hundred thousand new cancer cases are detected every year
- 70 percent of the cancer patients in India require palliative care as a majority of the cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, resulting in poor survival and high mortality.
There is a desperate need to broaden awareness about palliative care and extend its reach. With palliative care not yet forming part of medical education, there is also a need to educate and empower medical personnel in this compassionate yet demanding task.
We have been making concerted efforts to not only care for patients but also to spread the knowledge by informing and training professionals and others in palliative care.
Important palliative institutions in and outside India
- Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC)
- Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN)
- International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC)
- Palliative Care Network