Breast Cancer Wellness Program

Breast Cancer Wellness Program

The month of October is noted as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. On 28th October 2017 we Coimbatore cancer foundation in association with the Valavadi Narayanaswamy Cancer Center of G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital organized a wellness program for breast cancer survivors, patients and their supporters. Around 120 participants, include survivors, their caregivers, medical and para-medical professionals, counselors & general public attended the session. The program was inaugurated by Ms. Uma Maheshwari, Orator who gave a motivational speech to the audience. She stressed how mental strength helps a person conducted. It was followed by the scientifi c sessions for the hospital staff by eminent speakers. Dr.Yamuna Devi - D.A (Anaesthiesology), MD(Microbiology), Infection Control Professional from Apollo Hospitals,Chennai was the chief guest for the state level CNE program held on 6th October’ 2017. She spoke about Surveillance Methodology & Environmental Aspect in Infection Control. Finally, the three-day event concluded with prize distribution. ICN’s and NE, with the guidance of Mrs. Sagunthalamani, Nursing Supervisor and Mrs. Tamilselvi, Tutor, School of Nursing performed “VILLU PATTU”, with hand washing as the theme at the outpatient departments and waiting areas to educate the patients and their relatives about the importance of hand hygiene.Mrs. S.Saranya Infection Control Nurse to overcome the physical ailments by quoting role models like Mahatma Gandhi, his role in Dandi Yatra, Mahakavi Bharathiyar etc…

Post inauguration we had quests speakers to address exclusively on the following topics, cancer & diet by chief dietician Ms. Rajeswari, Apollo Hospitals, coping with psychosocial distress by Prof. Selvaraj, Govt. Arts college, managing lymphedema by Dr. Vidya Kumaraswamy, Director Home Care Services, GKNMH, Pain management by Dr. Rajith Ramachandran, Consultant palliative care & family medicine,GKNMH. The program concluded after the panel of discussion by experts of Valavadi Narayanaswamy Cancer Center of G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital. Survivors & caregivers clarifi ed their fears & doubts related to their diagnosis and treatment. Caregivers too shared their journey and memories during & post treatment period.

“Prevention is better than cure” proverb is well known, but many of us do not practice it. On-going health awareness and availability of breast cancer screening program with treatment facilities would cause a favorable and positive clinical picture in the city & country. Breast selfexamination (BSE) is an important way to fi nd breast cancer early, every women at the age 20 should start BSE every month . The best time to do a BSE is about 3 to 5 days after your period starts, when the breasts are not as tender or lumpy at this time. If you have gone through menopause, do your exam on the same day every month. Women ages 40 to 44 have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms and Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year, where, Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years.