BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital launches breast cancer support group “Sakhi” – ET HealthWorld

BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital launches breast cancer support group “Sakhi”

Bengaluru: To mark breast cancer awareness month, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital launched its own breast cancer support group called “Sakhi”, a group that will provide extensive engagement with other breast cancer survivors and help each member access a larger pool of Shero’s (cancer survivors), who have the resilience and temperament to hand-hold others in this journey. For the Shero’s, this platform will provide consistent motivation to relive life to the fullest and be a force-for-good.

The support group was launched during a press conference held at the hospitals Kengeri unit and was attended by breast cancer survivors, patients currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, their families, and caretakers alongside management and experts from BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals.

Speaking on the launch, Biju Nair- Cluster COO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru, commented “Through this new collaborative effort of ours, we hope to provide a safe platform for those who have bravely fought this disease and also newly diagnosed patients who can avail the unique programmes offered by this group to help them refresh their outlook on life and give them the boost they need to continue living life to the fullest. Our special programmes cater to all aspects of healing and provide the necessary support for our patients.”

Stressing on the importance of early screening, Dr Monika Pansari, HOD and Senior Consultant-Surgical Oncology, and the lead on Sakhi initiative, shared “Early detection of breast cancer is the key to save not only lives but also the breasts. The aim of our campaign is to create awareness about early detection of breast cancers. Regular breast self-examination and annual mammograms in all the women above 40 years of age should be recommended.”

With newer developments happening every day in breast conserving surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, reconstructive surgeries and with diagnosis at an early stage – there is no need to even lose breast and patients are expected to have a normal life span, the statement said.

One can get registered on Sakhi Breast Cancer Support Group and become a part of it from anywhere in the country.

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