“My 84-year-old father was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. His prognosis was bad. My father decided against chemo or surgery. He felt he had lived his life to the full and if he was to die due to natural circumstances, he would welcome it! But...his only concern was pain and breathlessness- he did not want to suffer either. In the second visit to the Dept of Palliative Medicine, RMH, my father accompanied me to understand how Palliative Care would benefit him. He was happy with the explanation that Dr Renuka, the Palliative Care physician gave him. He was re-assured about the care of his symptoms which was treated with medications. Dr Renuka was very particular about my father's emotional health. She also counseled the family members who had their own queries and concerns. My father's condition progressed rapidly and eventually, he passed on peacefully. We were assured of support through-out. Palliative Care is the best option when there is no hope for cure because even after the patient's death, family has the satisfaction that their loved one lived comfortably being loved and cared for. I’m very happy that I got the best palliative care from RMH. I feel so content even after my father's demise because, I am convinced I had the best opportunity to take care of him with the best treatment”.
Purnima, patient’s daughter