Sraddha ; A vision of life…
The end of breast cancer treatment signals a new phase of your life and care. Many find they face
new issues and concerns, perhaps feeling more alone .Regaining a sense of balance and normalcy
afterward can be as challenging as the disease itself. The reality for a majority of patients is
there are a number of short- and long-term physical, psychological and financial effects to cope
with following medical treatment for breast cancer — what is often referred to as the “new normal.”
And, complicating things further, there are often minimal structures in place to ensure
communication between a patient’s oncology and primary care health care team once treatment is
Sraddha ; A vision of life… A day to celebrate survivorship, to address some of
these concerns was organized for patients and their caregivers on 5th August 2017.
Over 100 ladies who had a brush with breast cancer were there ,
to share their experience, give
strength , get stronger and more motivated to stay healthy.
Arati Datta took charge of the program and threaded all the events together and made sure everything
went on time.
Mrs. Sucy Titus inaugurated the meeting along with Mrs. Radhika
The day started with a lymphedema workshop. Tips to prevent lymphedema, and understanding
lymphedema, exercises, sleeves, manual lymphatic drainage, and night bandaging techniques were
discussed and demonstrated.
Exploring complimentary and alternative modalities of treatment is integral to the holistic approach
to treating the patient. Traditional systems of medicine can help with reducing toxicity , boosting
immunity and help with recovery.
Some have anti cancer benefits although they may not be tested
and proven rigorously like allopathic medicines.
Dr. Girija ,Dr. Maa Vama and Dr.
Jegadish spoke about integrating traditional methods of medicine along with and after
Diet plays an important role in recovery and healthy life. Dr.Dharani spoke very
clearly about balanced diet .
You are what you eat. A healthy balanced diet takes care of
healing and more importantly helps to get back to normal energy levels .
Psychological healing is very important. Addressing the fear of recurrence, social adjustment,
coping with the new body image, getting back to work can all be very intimidating and stressful.
Peer support , and counseling helps and this was addressed by Dr. Ravi Samuel and Mrs. Ruby
Ahluwalia of Sanjeevani wellness centre ( Mumbai) She shared her experience with the
diagnosis and treatment and the work done by her NGO with Tata Memorial Centre.
We had a very interesting Medical Panel with Dr. Ramanan, Dr. Jayashri Gajaraj, Dr. Jayshri
Gopal, Dr. Tamilselvi to answer some on the common concerns that come up after treatment.
Fatigue, Insomnia, Joint pains, diabetes, Thyroid problems, urinary symptoms, post menopausal
symptoms and tamoxifen related side effects.
Mrs. Sangeetha, with her golden voice , sang the invocation , and entertained
us between breaks. Sulakshana Badani gave her tips about staying stylish during and after treatment
We packed up the day with an exercise session with Mrs. Selvi , and danced to Zumba