Srinagar: About 20% of cancer patients missed their scheduled Day Care, which includes chemotherapy sessions and other palliative care, at the SKIMS, Soura, last week.
Of the 600 patients who were scheduled to receive the therapy, 120 patients could not reach the hospital because of severe curbs. About 80 other patients received treatment after due dates and that too when the staff worked beyond official hours.
A doctor said a missed therapy session puts the patients at a greater risk because it influences the treatment.
Many patients, the doctor, said missed their dose on schedule but were accommodated later.
“As many as 120 patients missed on their treatment and those who reached later were accommodated,” he added.
The chemotherapy schedule usually lasts between three to six months.
“One has to be prompt in such treatments and we usually do not witness patients skipping their scheduled therapies. But after the latest round of killings and curfew in valley, patients from far off places are finding it difficult to reach to the hospital,” the doctor told Kashmir Reader.
He said the dose couldn’t be administered at home as treatment cycles need proper follow-up during their treatment plan and it takes a day’s time.
Also, the number of patients visiting the oncology OPD — 150 on normal days—has reduced by one thirds.