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Common problems

Most patients seen have inadequate pain relief and not aware of the options available to them, either over the counter or on prescription. The commonest cancers seen are oral and breast cancer and the nurses care for these patients with providing pain relief as well as relieving the anxiety of family members. The nurses have been especially trained at The Dental clinic at Jaffna Hospital in caring for oral cancer patients, as it is so common. Nutrition was also a problem with many of the patients with oral lesions and the nurses provide nutritional supplements.

Another common problem with several patients out of hospital is leg ulcers and the nurses take care of regular dressings and teach family members how to continue this.

Fortunately currently there is a Cancer Specialist (Dr. Jeyakumar) working in the Jaffna Cancer Hospital, Tellipalai. He is able to treat a significant number of patients under difficult circumstances with relatively limited facilities.

Many cancer patients who would benefit from treatment at the Cancer hospital in Maharagama refuse to travel there due to the cost of travelling as well as the language barrier. Several such patients refuse to be treated and so the homecare service provided nutritional supplements, pain relief and supportive care.
Some of the patients who did agree to travel to Maharagama were provided financial support by Cane.

Future plan

1. To identify and prioritise those patients most in need of the care service.

2. To expand the team to include members who can provide spiritual as well as psychological support to these patients.

3. We will soon be providing a residential service for those most severe cases without carers and who are willing to be cared for in a hospice building. From next year we will also be providing an Out patient facility in the Hospice Building.

All the patients were very thankful of the services.

How can you help us?

1. Would you like help us in our home care team or residential hospice? We are looking for nurses, counsellors, palliative trained doctors and any one else with an interest in Palliative care.

2. All donations go towards covering our costs of running the Residential and Mobile Unit, travelling to the patient's homes, medical supplies and to cover the travel costs of patients to the Cancer Hospital.

Dr P Thayalasekaran
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