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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 171-186

Lessons of Being a Patient--Personal Thoughts about Psycho-oncology in India


Professor of Psychiatry (retd)., India

Correspondence Address:
Rangaswamy Srinivasa Murthy
553, 16th Cross, J.P. Nagar 6th Phase, Bengaluru - 560 078, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.154532

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Psycho-oncology is a well-established field in the developed countries and 'distress' is recognised as the sixth vital sign in the care of persons diagnosed with cancer. However, centres in India caring for cancer do not make psycho-social aspects an essential part of their care programmes. The present narrative presents the personal journey of the author, reviews the situation of psycho-oncology in India and presents a three-part agenda for action.


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