13 August 2017
Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, which is managed by Narayana Healthis not only emerging as a major carer of cancer patients but also as an awareness advocate of cancer survivors. The hospital organized yet another women cancer survivors and patient meet, Rubaroo (face-to-face), which has become one of its foremost annual milestones.
Rubaroowas attended by cancer survivors and women cancer patients alike and was coordinated by a team of doctors led by Dr. Kanika Sharma, Senior Consultant, Radiation Oncology and Dr. Satinder Kaur, Senior Consultant, Gynae Oncology.
Like every year, this year’s event alsoaimed at encouraging women cancer patients and their families to redeem self-esteem andconfidence which they often lose in this difficult journey towards recovery. A full day event, Rubaroo is so structured that it attempts to inculcate spirit of life in patients undergoing cancer treatment and also instil further hope in survivors.
Rubaroo has been successful in breaking some myths also and the doctors at Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital are ensuring that right messages go out to general public through them and also through Rubaroo members-turned-volunteers.
Dr. Kanika Sharma, Sr. Consultant, Radiation Oncology, said, “Earlier the myth was that cancer is a non-curable ailment and especially women suffering from breast cancer may not be able to resume normal life. But with the use of radiation oncology, cancer can be cured and in most cases our patients have regained their confidence and are pursuing their dreams”.
Rubaroo members form a task force to spread awareness about cancer by means of skits, nukkad nataks and radio talks.Present on the occasion where some well-know cancer survivors including Ms. Opal Rawat and others were seen boosting the morale of the cancer patients. Rubaroo lets patients showcase their success stories to rest of the members who feel down because of the disease.
Dr. Satinder Kaur, Senior Consultant, Gynae Oncology said,“Cancer is a taboo in our society and due to the negative perception about the disease cancer patients, especially women, are often seen demotivated and hopeless. Rubaroo helps rebuild their confidence”.
To facilitate smooth rehabilitation of cancer survivors, Dharamshila Narayana Super-speciality Hospital established a support group in 2015 which conductsseveral classes addressing lymphedema management, breast reconstruction, and stress management.