The dedicated department will provide rehabilitation support to childhood cancer survivors and help them to assimilate successfully into the society
In an effort to help childhood cancer warriors lead a normal and healthy life, Narayana Health City in association with the Indian Cancer Society has set up ACT (After Completion of Therapy) Clinic.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Founder and Chairman, Narayana Health along with Dr Emmanuel Rupert, Managing director and Group CEO, Narayana Health and Kanchan Banerjee, Secretary, Indian Cancer Society has inaugurated the department.
Elaborating about the department, Dr Sunil Bhat, Head of the department of Paediatric haematology, oncology and BMT, Narayana Health City said, “The vision of the ACT clinic is to provide continuous care and support to those the children who have completed treatment for various oncology and haematology conditions and help them to lead normal lives. The clinic will help in addressing the problems of survivorship by ensuring regular follow ups, both clinical as well as emotional. The department will offer psychological consultation, screening and even interventions. The clinic will also assist eligible pediatric cancer survivors with financial support for their late effects treatment. The purpose of the clinic is to handhold survivors as they return back to society and add quality to the life that lies ahead of them.”
ACT clinic at Narayana Health City will be equipped with a team of doctors from various specialties and paramedical staff such as psycho-oncologists, physiotherapists etc. The department will also act as a platform that will provide the survivor with access to support groups. The clinic will leverage the collaborations that Indian Cancer Society has with vocational training centres and offer cancer survivors with access to vocational training at subsidised prices.