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Psycho-oncology in India: Emerging trends from Kerala

Psycho-oncology in India: Emerging trends from Kerala

Authors: Venkateswaran Chitra --- Kumar T Journal: Indian Journal of Palliative Care ISSN/EISSN: 09731075 19983735 Year: 2006 Volume: 12 Issue: 1 Pages: 34-38 Abstract It is estimated that around 2.5 million people suffer from cancer at any given time in India. Almost 80% of patients reach hospitals in advanced stages of the disease. The majority needs palliative care, whereas only a minority of the needy receives this input. The challenge in the developing world is to evolve a culturally and socio-economically appropriate and acceptable system of care, while addressing psychosocial issues along with long-term care needs, that is accessible to the majority of those who need it. The evolution of a specific service for psychosocial care for persons and families started in the 1970s, initial... Show More


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