Screening Kiosk - Chandrapur
Early Detection and Treatment through the Opportunistic Screening Kiosk helped salvage a life
It was on the 18th of January 2021, when Vikas Wadke (name changed) a 36 year old habitual gutka chewer and a resident of Chandrapur, Maharashtra felt unbearable pain and discomfort on opening his mouth. Since he was aware of the Swasth Chandrapur health and wellness screening kiosk, he visited the kiosk and got himself screened without any delay. On examination, he had restricted tongue movement and even difficulty in swallowing. Upon clinical examination, he was advised to immediately visit the nearest district hospital for a biopsy. The biopsy was performed on 20th January, 2021 and the reports confirmed that Vikas was suffering from oral cancer.
Immediately after the diagnosis, Vikas was counselled at the Swasth kiosk and the medical team helped him cope with the resultant stress, thereby boosting his confidence to undergo the required treatment. He was also given relevant information about the government health scheme under which he could avail cashless treatment.
On 4th February, 2021, Vikas was referred to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Nagpur for further diagnostic procedures and treatment. He was advised six chemotherapy cycles and he successfully completed his first cycle of chemotherapy on 14th June, 2021.
On 23rd June, 2021, Vikas visited the Swasth Kiosk for his follow-up test. At this time, he was stable and eagerly willing to follow the doctor's advice. His second cycle of chemotherapy is scheduled towards the end of June 2021.
The opportunistic screening kiosks are a vital step towards downsizing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and easily identifiable cancers, by early detection, timely treatment and saving lives. This helps to not only improve the quality of life, but also reduce treatment and care related expenses.
The Swasth Chandrapur kiosk helped in the early detection of Vikas' oral cancer and the medical team guided him in the right direction to avail timely treatment. He is ever grateful to the team at the Swasth Chandrapur kiosk for their timely guidance and assistance and has been actively promoting cancer prevention measures and screening amongst his peers and friends.