08 August 2008
By Umesh Isalkar
Emerging As Post–Cancer Surgery Rehabilitation Hub
Thankfully, the city is emerging as a rehabilitation hub with the availability of specialty treatments like oral and maxillofacial prosthodontics that deals with replacement of structures in the head, neck and face region after the cancer surgery. Surprisingly, the expenses involved are affordable even to the common man.
“I could neither talk nor eat properly after the surgery. I had lost interest in life and was resigned to my fate,” said Babar. My surgeon advised me to undergo another surgery, which he said, would restore the lost confidence. A week after the surgery, I consulted the person my surgeon had asked me to approach. He not only fitted in an artificial prosthesis of upper palate in my mouth, but also put in an artificial set of teeth.
“Now I can talk and eat like other people. After I went in for the prosthesis, the food does not come out of my nose as it used to earlier. I have regained my lost hope now,” said Babar with a beaming face.
“A near normal life is indeed possible after cancer treatment and the patients don’t have to resign themselves to a suboptimal lifestyle post–cancer treatment,” says an oral and maxillofacial prosthodontist, B. Srinivasan of Ruby Hall Cancer Centre. He adds that there is a need to effect a paradigm shift in our approach to the entire issue. Every aspect of cancer – prevention, treatment, management of side effects of radiation therapy, speech therapy and dealing with psycho–social issues – should be addressed and the public should be made aware of these things, said Srinivasan.