The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is to start chemotherapy service for patients with eye cancer in near future.
The eye facility decided to launch the service soon, bearing in mind inconveniences facing patients for lack of chemotherapy here. According to Center’s cancer department chief Dr Purnima Rajkarnikar Sthapit, patients referred to outside for chemotherapy found not coming back for further treatment and follow-up and some of them were found discontinuing treatment in the mid. She added that preparations were on with the objective of launching the service after a month.
The Center is in the process of training its human resources to deal with the service. Similarly, construction of physical structures required for operating the service has neared the final phase. Likewise, it is working on the issues on implementing the government decision of bearing the cost of up to Rs 100,000 in the treatment of a cancer patient.
The facility is receiving advanced equipments to be used in the treatment of eye cancer including chemotherapy which according to Dr Sthapit are not available in other facilities in the country. A foundation based in Germany is donating such equipment to it.