A Memorable Year’s Journey – Thanking Readers And Contributors

This blog was started at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic – times of volunteer COVID duties at work, and lockdowns at home. In no time, it has completed its first year.  I am overwhelmed by the response to my blog and thank all my readers for your support towards this initiative. The primary intention … Read more

Cancer Is A Diagnosis, Not An Identity

Once, at a social gathering, the host introduced a friend of hers to me and referred to her as a ‘Cancer Patient.’ I could see that being referred to in this manner made the woman uncomfortable. However, she seemed to know that the host didn’t mean to offend her. She took it lightly and said … Read more

When Adversity Gives Rise To Purpose

Mr Das was about 60 years old when I first met him in the summer of 2012. Accompanied by his nephew, he had a dignified bearing despite his tattered clothes. He was from the eastern part of India, and in spite of his broken Hindi, we managed to communicate. He had a large goiter (enlargement … Read more

Short Meetings, Lasting Memories

This is an image of a morning glory flower in a post by Haripriya Suraj on Dr Suraj Manjunath's blog

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath : This is a guest post by Haripriya Suraj. Haripriya is a wellness practitioner, author, and early childhood educator. As my better half, she has been my source of support and inspiration through our years together. In this post, she shares a memorable account of her encounter with a cancer … Read more

When The Giver Becomes The Receiver

This is an image of a greeting card given by acancer patient's daughter as a token of gratitude in a blog post by Dr Suraj Manjunath, surgical oncologist, Bangalore

Being a healthcare provider is a profession of giving. Giving treatment, time, advice, reassurance, comfort, and more is part of every doctor’s job. The cycle of giving typically starts at the break of dawn and goes on way past dusk, sometimes well into the early hours of the next morning. Every time my phone beeps, … Read more

Is My Cancer Treatable?

Most people are overwhelmed when they learn they have cancer. Among the multitude of questions that start running through the mind, a key concern is “Is my cancer treatable?” This article gives a perspective into the meaning of “treat” and “cure” in the context of oncology. The goals of cancer treatment are to: Cure. Prolong … Read more

Coping With Cancer : Simple Meditation Technique For Beginners

This is an image of a meditating little Buddha in a blog post on meditation as a coping strategy for cancer patients by Haripriya Suraj in Dr Suraj Manjunath's blog.

Note by Dr Suraj Manjunath: This is a guest post by Haripriya Suraj, a Reiki Practitioner with a special interest in integrating wellness therapies with modern medicine. The article explores the role of meditation as a coping strategy for cancer patients and shares a simple yet effective meditation technique that can be practiced by anyone. … Read more

How I Overcame Breast Cancer: A Story Of Struggles And Triumph

This image shows a woman praying at sunrise in a blog post on overcoming cancer by G.Nirnala in Dr Suraj Manjunath's blog

Note By Dr. Suraj Manjunath: This is a guest post by G. Nirmala, a retired professor, and philanthropist. In this article, she shares an inspiring account of how she battled Stage 2 breast cancer. She hopes her insights will help others who are on a similar journey. It was just another day in the shower … Read more

Cancer Awareness Program On World Cancer Day

This is a picture showing a cancer awareness program at Manipal Hospital, Miller's Road by Dr Suraj Manjunath, surgical oncologist

Our small effort towards the bigger goal of a cancer-free world – Cancer Awareness Program at Manipal Hospital, Miller’s Road, on the occasion of World Cancer Day, February 4th. Worldwide, the theme for World Cancer Day 2022 was ”Closing The Care Gap.” Those interested can read more at: https://www.who.int/news/item/03-02-2022-world-cancer-day-closing-the-care-gap https://www.worldcancerday.org/