October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, CRRT's Breast Cancer Support Group met at the Ramakrishna Mutt Dispensary Hall in Mylapore on the 19th of October 2013. The Chief guest, Mrs. Akhila Srinivasan, M,D, Shriram LIC, spoke about the impact of the disease on those affected by it. Senior Gynaecologist Dr. Rajapriya Ayyappan, enlightened all about the need for periodical health check up. Some of the patients came forward to share their experiences and express their varied emotions.
Mrs. Jayashree Gururaj with her widely researched knowledge on lymphedema gave some valuable tips to manage the condition. Dr.V. Surendran, Psycho oncologist from Cancer Institute, Adyar, Mr. S. Vijay, Physiotherapist and Ms. Sonia, Pranayama expert, provided emotional, physical and spiritual counselling to the 31 cancer survivors present.
The first meeting, which was attended by 21 breast cancer survivors, was held at Natesan Institute of Co-operative Management (NICM), Shanthi Colony, Anna Nagar on the 13th of July, 2013.
The theme for the meeting was Understanding Lymphedema. Our guest speaker, Mr. Satish M.S. Physiotherapist addressed the gathering on various aspects of lymphedema, and followed it with a demonstration of the exercises to ensure minimum swelling in the arm. Additional information was given on Breast prosthesis. The interactive session gave patients an opportunity to share various psychological issues they face and to clarify their doubts.
Laryngectomees are persons who have had their voice box removed as treatment to laryngeal cancer.CRRT has been conducting workshops to teach these patients the technique of speech using their food pipe with the help of Speech Therapists
The 4th workshop for Laryngectomy patients was held from the 15th - 17th of August, 2013 at NICM, Anna Nagar, Chennai. 33 patients attended the workshop with their caregivers . The sessions in speech therapy were the main focus of the workshop, facilitated by Speech Therapists and students from Sri Ramachandra University. The workshop also included separate sessions with the Pulmonologist and Physiotherapist.Our Psycho-oncology team conducted a separate session for the caregivers to enable them to cope with their situation and also be supportive to their loved ones.
Simultaneously, CRRT along with the cancer support group Sanctuary, organized a 3 day workshop in Counseling in an Oncology setting for psychology students in the city. The topics for the workshop included 'Young adults with cancer, Palliative care and Handling parents of children with cancer. The sessions were conducted by Dr. E Vidhubala, Dr. Mallika Tiruvadanan and Dr. Ilangovan respectively.
CRRT, along with Larygectomees Welfare Association of Tamil Nadu, had conducted its first workshop on speech therapy for Laryngectomees from 7th to 9th August in 2008 at Asha Nivas in Nungambakkam for which cine actor and director Ms. Revathi was the chief guest.
The workshop was conducted again in July 2009 at Dhyan Ashram, Chennai, which was inaugurated by Kalaimamani Sri. S. V. Shekher, M.L.A. and conducted yet again in August 2011 at Asha Nivas. The patients were given special training in speech therapy by expert resource persons from Japan.
Cancer surgeries, especially those surgeries which involve lymph node removal, may sometimes cause a condition called lymphedema, where excess lymphatic fluid builds up and results in swelling, particularly in the arms or legs. If left untreated, it can be debilitating to the patient. Lympha press is an equipment that is used to drain the accumulated fluid.
Our Trust has set up this machine at the day-care centre in Kumaran Hospital for the benefit of lymphedema patients so as to improve the quality of their lives.
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