Mumbai, 21st June 2022: With the sole mission of empowering young cancer survivors, SRCC Children’s Hospital-Managed by Narayana Health, Mumbai, in collaboration with the Indian Cancer Society, has set up an After Completion of Therapy (ACT) clinic. The objective is to facilitate the cancer survivors through apt assessment of their present condition and guidance to chart out the future course for the best possible outcomes in the context of the physical, and psycho-social effects that may have arisen from their cancer treatment.

A paediatric cancer patient is considered a survivor two years after the completion of the treatment of cancer if the disease does not relapse. During initial two years, the patient remains under care at regular intervals for relapse surveillance. However, even after this, though the risk of relapse decreases significantly and the disease surveillance takes back seat, they need to be under care so that the late effects of cancer treatment can be identified and treated in a timely and appropriate manner to ensure that they can become well-adapted contributing members of the society. At ACT Clinic the team helps in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of the long-term effects of the treatment of cancer. 

Sharing insights about the ACT Clinic at NHSRCC and the road ahead, Dr. Purna Kurkure, Head Division of Paediatric Oncology & BMT NHSRCC Children’s Hospital said, “The ACT Clinic at NHSRCC Hospital widens the network for survivors across to create a platform for childhood cancer survivors for the necessary societal impact. Apart from helping survivors and creating public awareness that Childhood cancers are highly curable if diagnosed & treated appropriately, the ACT Clinic helps make inroads into the curriculum of Oncology and Psycho-Oncology training. In the long run, these will provide a springboard for research in cancer survivorship in India.”

Marking the occasion, Dr. Vijay Singh, Regional Director Karnataka cluster and West India at Narayana Health, said "we at NH sincerely thank the Indian Cancer Society for associating with us in launching the ACT clinic at NHSRCC. I salute the spirit of winning over cancer and truly believe, this initiative will help the complete rehabilitation of the cancer survivors & empower them to be VICTORS."

About Narayana Health:

With all the super-specialty tertiary care facilities that the medical world offers, Narayana Health is a one-stop healthcare destination for all. Founded by Dr. Devi Shetty and headquartered in Bengaluru, Narayana Health group is the second largest health care provider in the country in terms of operational bed count. The first facility was established with approximately 225 operational beds in the year 2000 at NH Health City in Bengaluru.  The Company today operates a chain of multispecialty tertiary and primary healthcare facilities across a network of 23 hospitals and 7 heart centres in India and a single hospital overseas at the Cayman Islands with nearly 5,900 operational beds across all its centres and potential to reach a capacity of over 6,800 beds.

About SRCC:

SRCC Children’s Hospital, managed by Narayana Health, located at Haji Ali Park, Mumbai is state-of-the-art Multi-specialty Tertiary Care Hospital dedicated to treating foetus, infants, children, and young adults. SRCC-NH has experienced and highly trained Paediatric Specialists in the country, treating a wide range of complex medical conditions and diseases. They are backed by a team of skilled nurses and paramedical staff, who support the specialists in ensuring that children receive compassionate care. The Hospital is specially designed to cater to the needs of little ones.

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