Stop believing everything that comes your way on the internet: Dr Moujhuri Nandi

Dr Moujhuri Nandi has about 13 years of experience as Radiation Oncologist. She is currently a Senior Radiation Oncologist at the Karkinos Cancer Centre, Durgapur.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

To be of help to the society in managing one of the dreadful diseases. The satisfaction and gratitude in the eyes of the patients after the treatment and cure is something I cherish the most.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

When the patient is polite, understands the implications of the disease, its treatment, and follow-up procedures, and is willing to comply with them, such patients are easy to treat.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

When the patient is argumentative in every step of the way, non-compliant to treatment protocol and does not understand its implications, it can get difficult to treat.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

If the patient understands the implications of the disease, its treatment protocol, and follow-up, the doctor’s job becomes easier because the patient understands whatever is conveyed to them him, is compliant to the treatment, and seeks help if complications arise. However, patients who have obtained false information from the internet can become argumentative, overzealous in their approach and cause themselves more harm than good. When there is mutual respect and understanding, caregiving is at its best.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure? 

People should try to gather medical information from reliable sources. They can consult other healthcare professionals who have the expertise in the concerned subject. However, one should keep in mind that knowledge gained in a short period of time does not outweigh knowledge gained by a doctor over years of hard work.

How does medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

Yes, it is concerning. Patients are sometimes unwilling to take treatments or medications because of inaccurate information about their so-called side effects. This can lead to severe complications and consequences for the patients.

A few advice that you always give to your patients…

Eat healthy normal food, don’t go overboard with dietary supplements or protein rich foods, don’t try something new that you have not done before, and have faith in yourself. These are some advice that I give to my patients. People should also understand they may get some idea about the disease and its treatment from various sources on the internet. But they won’t have the knowledge about it like a doctor does.

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