Department of

Palliative Care and

About the Department:

The department of palliative care and psycho-oncology was established in 2011, the year of inception of Tata Medical Center, Kolkata. The clinicians of the department manage patients with a wide spectrum of physical and emotional problems from the beginning of cancer treatment to the end of life. The department also has several collaborative research projects on psycho-oncology, decision making in oncology, cancer communications, social aspects of medicine, cochrane systematic reviews, community based palliative care and other related areas with some of the premier intuitions of the world as Kings College London, University College London and Medical University of South Carolina, USA.

Clinical focus / Workload

The common symptoms managed by the department include cancer pain, depression, nausea, vomiting, procedural anxiety and other psychiatric disorders primarily for cancer patients and their care givers. In 2019, the department had offered 7370 outpatient consultations, seen 2440 cross-referrals from other departments and admitted 625 in-patients under the department.

Teaching Programmes

  1. Fellowship in Psycho-oncology (for qualified clinical psychologists)
  2. Fellowship in Palliative Care (for post MD medical doctors).
  3. Annual Communication Skills Training for Clinicians
  4. Short training course in specific aspects of palliative care
  5. Annual Tata Research Methodology Course

Facilities available

  • Out-patient clinic – Psycho-oncology
  • Out-patient clinic – Palliative Medicine
  • Neuro-psychological Assessment for patients with brain tumour
  • Child psychiatric assessment of children with cancer
  • Dedicated in-patient general and private beds for suitable patients
  • Video/tele-consultation – Psycho-oncology/Palliative Care
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