About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Majority of Cancer Patients in India Consult Doctor at Terminal Stage

by Bidita Debnath on February 4, 2017 at 11:37 PM
Font : A-A+

 Majority of Cancer Patients in India Consult Doctor at Terminal Stage

India continues to remain the largest contributor to cancer deaths at 2.2 million every year, of the global figure of 8.8 million, mainly due to 70 percent of cancer patients consulting the doctor at the terminal stage, reveal doctors.

As the disease initially does not present itself, doctors said that rural India suffers the most as at least 70-80 percent of patients do not even approach hospitals at the end stage.

Advertisement


"In the hinterland diagnosis is always late and if diagnosis is late then cancer related surgeries are done late. Cancers of the prostate, which is the second most common in India, do not lead to pain, the basic symptom of cancer, leading to late diagnosis," said S.P Yadav, a urology surgeon and Managing Director of Gurgaon-based Puspanjali Hospital.

Yadav, who gets 40 prostate cancer cases every year, said in many cases people even in their late 50s and 60s do not approach hospitals despite suffering from prostate cancer for 7-8 years. The result is that the cancer get advanced.
Advertisement

According to doctors, at advanced stages only 30 percent of the cases can be cured. However, they too have a chance of relapse.

"Those who approach in the first stage of cancer most often have 85 percent chances of cure; in stage 2, there is 60 percent chance of cure, stage 3 falls to 30 per cent and those who start treatment at stage 4 will not survive for more than 5 years," said Ramakant Deshpande, Onco Surgeon and Vice Chairman of Asian Cancer Institute.

"The increased number of patients who approach the doctor only after they reach advanced stages is based on the malignancy," said Deshpande, adding that cancers of oral cavity and lungs and prostate in males and cervix and breast in females account for over 50 percent of all cancer deaths in India.

The doctors said women should avail of cervical cancer screenings like Pap smear Test which is a very cheap test and can be done at any hospital or nursing home.

The World Health Organisation says cancer is diagnosed in more than 14 million people worldwide each year, and kills approximately 8.8 million. Around two-third of the deaths are in low-middle income countries where diagnosis is inadequate and treatment late.

"Regarding Breast Cancer, all females who are above 40 years of age should undergo mammography test annually. As 60-70 percent of cancers detected are sporadic it is always better to have periodic health checkups done," said Ajay Kolse, Consultant Radiation Oncologist at Mumbai's Holy Spirit Hospital.

On blood cancers, doctors said there are certain types of blood cancer that can be healed with specialized targeted therapy. With it those in stage 4 can survive for more than seven years as well.

"For Adenocarcinoma, genetic mutation or similar abnormalities there are a few other special techniques like using laser or robotics, this along with surgery helps the patient to survive with least change in their quality of life and this helps increase survival rate for prostate cancer or vocal cord cancer," said Kolse.

Adwait Gore, Oncologist at Zen Hospital, Mumbai, said: "Cancer is one of the top causes of death due to lifestyle, food habits, stress life and much more. One should not ignore things like lump even if they are not malignant."

"If cancer is detected in the early stages there is a very high chance of survival. One should be aware of any unusual changes they notice about their bodies. People should not ignore this symptom because of the cost for the treatment," said Gore.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge About Chromosomes?
Eating During Sunlight Hours Minimizes Mood Vulnerabilities
Know More About the Digestive System
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Cancer and Homeopathy Cancer Facts Cancer Tattoos A Body Art Eradicate Quackery, Save Lives Different Medical Specialists and their Area of Medical Expertise Common Lifestyle Habits that Cause Diseases Health Benefits of Dandelion Plant Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Cancer Treatment Non-Communicable Diseases 

Most Popular on Medindia

Vent Forte (Theophylline) Find a Hospital Blood Donation - Recipients Hearing Loss Calculator Noscaphene (Noscapine) Sanatogen Diaphragmatic Hernia Iron Intake Calculator Post-Nasal Drip Accident and Trauma Care
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Majority of Cancer Patients in India Consult Doctor at Terminal Stage Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests