Cancer Rounds launched in India to Improve Treatment Outcomes and Quality of Life
As per the National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), there were 7,84,821 deaths in 2018 due to cancer compared to 4,65,169 deaths in 2013
Virtual cancer hospsital Cancer Rounds has been launched in Gurugram to provide help to patients suffering from cancer. It includes everything from experienced oncologists to dietary counselling with a cancer nutritionist and a psychologist counsellor.
Research studies across various bodies have shown that cancer has become one of the leading causes of deaths in developing nations like India. As per the National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the number of deaths due to cancer is seeing a steady increase every year; with the number of recorded deaths in 2018 at 7,84,821, an increase of 68 per cent from 4,65,169 deaths in 2013. The numbers reflect an urgent need to approach this age-old disease with a new lens, considering more than 11 lakh new cases are diagnosed every year in India alone.
On this occasion, Sumit Wadhwa, Co-founder, Cancer Rounds, said, “Even if diagnosed at the right time, patients do not get comprehensive and affordable care due to limited resources and huge gaps in technical expertise.” He added that if every cancer patient gets continuous support from a team of experts including primary oncologist, nutritionist and a counsellor, it can help the patient to stay on course to fight the disease, thus significantly reducing the mortality rate due to cancer.
According to Dr Rahul Bhargava, Director — Bone Marrow Transplant, Fortis Hospital, and Co-founder and Chief Medical Advisor, Cancer Rounds, remote monitoring of cancer patients can significantly help them opt for the best treatment at various stages. According to him, there are many cancers like chronic myeloid leukaemia and aplastic anaemia which require frequent monitoring of therapies being given to the patients.
“There is a growing burden of increasing cancer cases and their variations in the form of complications. Most solutions around cancer, offered by traditional healthcare providers, have been limited to one or few aspects of the treatment; and it was needed to combat every stage of this problem in a simpler way through a single window, thus increasing life span of the patients,” said Ashwin Srivastava, serial entrepreneur who joined the board of Cancer Rounds as he is upbeat about the power of such comprehensive treatment strategy using technology. Ashwin drives the global expansion strategy for the start-up and has been an investor-entrepreneur in India, Middle East and West Africa. He added that cancer patients form a significant percentage of medical tourists who come to India, and with Cancer Rounds it will be easier for these patients to talk to the oncologist directly and enrol for remote monitoring.
Cancer Rounds covers easy chat and phone calls service across the globe with the latest technologies. Patients from anywhere can speak to Indian doctors in their local language. It deals with almost all kinds of cancers and effective solutions for prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, leukaemia xcancer and non-hodgkin’s cancer.