The pandemic arrived in the Northeast and peaked much later than in the rest of the country brought by returning migrant workers post lockdown. The curve is now flattening. The future trajectory of the pandemic is unknown, but it is likely to peak again. Assam reported more than 2 lakh COVID cases. The impact of the vaccine remains to be seen. To keep patients and staff safe, it has become imperative to test patients before initiating treatment and several times during the course of the treatment which often lasts several months. This is because patients with cancer in general tend to suffer more adverse consequences of COVID infection more so when they receive chemotherapy or radiation or undergo surgery. Also, interventional procedures, even the simple ones like suctioning and chest physiotherapy on infected patients, increase the risk of infecting staff who perform or assist in these procedures. The hospital started with one COVID ward with 20 beds and expanded to a 50-bed facility at the peak for taking care of COVID infected cancer patients and staff.
In the present context, the hospital had an urgent need to set up a COVID-19 testing lab to speed up testing and follow up testing to improve patient and staff safety. A team of volunteers were able to raise funds to set up a testing service for COVID-19 using Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT) equipment. This is a type of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which requires less preparation than a conventional Real Time PCR (RT – PCR). Four (or multiples of four) samples can be tested every hour depending upon the configuration of the equipment. Post COVID, the equipment will be continued to be used for diagnosing infections and estimating viral loads (non COVID) and markers including genetic markers for identifying various cancers.
The hospital expects to conduct about 1000 tests a month costing approximately Rs. 26 lakhs (at Rs. 2600 per test). This is inclusive of the test kit, the PPE and other consumables. We seek your support for this.
We are a nonprofit hospital that provides comprehensive cancer care to people especially the underserved through prevention, treatment, palliation, education and research
We aim to become a state of the art cancer centre that will ensure:
- that no individual develops a cancer that can be prevented,
- that no patient is denied appropriate cancer treatment for want of resources,
- that no patient dies in agony and indignity and
- that no family suffers treatment induced poverty and grief.
Come, become a part of our journey!
For most, having their child detected with Cancer is the end of all hope. At the Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Center (CCHRC), we look at Cancer as yet another opportunity to provide hope to people and help them reclaim their health and life. Rahul Amin Laskar, one of our youngest patients, is currently undergoing treatment for Ewings Sarcoma. A student of Class 12 at the Kendriya Vidyalay school in Silchar, Rahul was diagnosed with Cancer around 8 months ago. His family reached out for support at CCHRC since his treatment was unaffordable to them.
Like Rahul, CCHRC is helping hundreds of patients who cannot afford Cancer treatments. In major areas of Silchar, frustration and fear takes over the poverty stricken houses. Helpless families are forced to take loans from moneylenders for medical treatments. Since they do not have any valued assurance of repaying the loans they end up keeping their children as security.
Pediatric Cancer as such is curable; however the patients require an intensive and long term treatment in the hospital. For a child to know that he is suffering a life threatening disease is scary in itself. To add to it, because of the treatment regime, their interaction with family and friends is reduced to a large extent. Children do not get to go to school around this time and are constantly being exposed to only medicines, chemotherapy and several other health tests. Unlike treatment in adults, treating younger patients as far as nursing and palliative care is concerned, is quite different. The pain experienced by them is inevitable and the memories are forever haunting. Hence children require much more affection and support while at the hospital.
To help children recover in a way which does not leave them emotionally drained, we wish to create a separate pediatric ward for children and provide tutors who will help them not miss out on their learnings while at the hospital. We also plan to create a play area for them and maintain a positive environment with friendly, happy faces around the kids.
How You Can Help
Our hospital annually treats nearly 50 children who are suffering from various kinds of Pediatric Cancer. We want to continue being the reason for bringing joy to families who cannot afford expensive cancer treatments for their children and through us are able to. Since the demand in our services is growing more than ever, we are now finding it necessary to add a new Pediatric ward for the children who will be visiting the Cachar Cancer Hospital regularly and throughout their childhood.
We are actively looking for people who share like minded thoughts and want to come forward and make a difference to the lives of such young patients. All contributions raised by thoughtful people like you, help us to provide otherwise very costly treatments to our patients without much difficulty.