Over A Cup Of Coffee

Last week Google (Google Doodle) celebrated Espresso Coffee Machine inventor Angelo Moriondo’s birth anniversary. This brought me back memories of a coffee machine in the USA. I was never much of a coffee drinker. But at the teaching hospital in Bangalore where I worked from 2006 to 2017, coffee in between surgeries was an enjoyable … Read more

“Will I Need A Colostomy After Rectal Cancer Surgery?”

A major concern for people undergoing surgery for rectal cancer is whether they will require a stoma, and whether it will be a temporary or a permanent one. This article discusses the factors that determine the need for a stoma. A stoma or ostomy (from the Greek word for “mouth” or “opening”) is an opening … Read more

Reading Between The Lines

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. “Eustachian tube openings and torus tubarius are normal Oro and hypopharynx are normal Supra-glottis, … Read more

The Human Touch

The big brown eyes seemed to hold deep wisdom.  Even while I was talking with her mother, six-year-old Gowri’s (name changed) gaze never left my face. She appeared to be assessing me. “Oh yes, she understands all that we say,” her mother said, “But she doesn’t talk to strangers.” Throughout her pre-operative evaluation over the … Read more

Is Mastectomy A Better Surgery For Breast Cancer Than Breast Conservation?

For many (but not all) women with breast cancer that requires surgery, there is an option to choose between mastectomy and breast-conserving surgery (BCS). Mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast, whereas BCS preserves the breast, removing only the cancer with a small margin of normal tissue. BCS is also known as lumpectomy or … Read more

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 You Must Be Cruel To Be Kind

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. This post is based on a real-life incident.  “I need to speak to Suraj, … Read more

How Is Cancer Surgery Different From Other Surgeries? Part 2: Adjuvant Therapy

For many illnesses requiring surgery, surgery is often the standalone treatment. Hernia surgery, removal of the appendix or gall bladder for infections, removal of benign tumors, surgery for injuries – in all these, once the surgery is done, no further treatment is required other than a period of recovery/rehabilitation. In cancer treatment, things are different. … Read more