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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 160--162

Anger and Distress of a Curable Gastric Carcinoma Patient Becoming Incurable: A Dilemma of a Pandemic

1 Department of Onco-Anesthesia and Palliative Medicine, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar IRCH, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar IRCH, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_163_20

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A pandemic is a time of great distress for cancer patients with a heightened risk of infection along with fear of disease progression occurring from postponement of therapy. Our patient who was initially diagnosed early and was awaiting surgery was suddenly terrified when her surgery got postponed due to the pandemic. To add to her distress was the disease progression which left her wondering that what went wrong on her part that she was in such a situation. The dilemma of the present situation is that an already stretched system due to the pandemic cannot accommodate for elective treatments of other diseases more so when there is a risk of complications in cancer patients associated with the infection.


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