Successful live demonstration of chemo-port placement on three cancer patients was presented during the “1st Chemo-port insertion workshop” organised by the American Oncology Institute (AOI) at Babina Speciality Hospital in association with BD Pvt Ltd in Imphal East.
The demonstration was done on three patients, including a minor, free of cost by consultant surgical oncology, AOI, Dr Dhanabir Thangjam; senior consultant surgical oncology AOI Prof S Opendro and senior consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon of Tata Medical Center Dr Sanjit Kumar Agrawal.
Briefing the media on the sidelines of the workshop, Dr Dhanabir said similar workshops will be done to create awareness about the benefits of chemo-port. Placement will be done free of cost to patients during every workshop, he added.
Chemo-port is a device for infusion of chemotherapy drugs in a safe and easy method and it has an advantage for long-term venous access without damaging tissue and veins, he said during the live demonstartion.
The device is considered unsafe due to lack of awareness, but it is totally safe and it is commonly used by cancer patients overseas, he added.
Stating that the price of the chemo-port varies from Rs 15,000 to 30,000 and the charge for implanting ranges between Rs 25,000 to 30,000 in hospitals in Delhi and Munbai, he said in the state the implantation charge is low, it ranges between Rs 15,000 to 20,000.
As of now the Health schemes of the government does not cover the charge of the surgery procedure for implanting chemo-port, he said.
The marketing team of the hospital is working on to let the CMHT and PMJAY cover the procedure charge, he added.
The workshop was attended by around 50 doctors from across the state and country. It covered topics like relevant anatomy, device types and uses, basic approach and techniques of insertion of implantable ports and post access and maintenance care by nursing staff.