Day Care Chemotherapy

District Level Day Care Chemotherapy Centres: Day care chemotherapy centres are functional in District Headquarter Hospital in all districts except in Tiruvannamalai, Karur and Pudukkottai where it functions in Government Medical College Hospitals.

The final treatment decision for the patients confirmed with cancer will be done by the tumour board at tertiary care hospital and the first chemo cycle also would be given there. Then, the follow-up or maintenance chemotherapy which involves more cycles will be given at District Headquarters hospital under supervision of one physician and staff nurse in each district trained in Day Care Chemotherapy. This will amply benefit cancer patients who find it most inconvenient to report to the same tertiary care institution for the maintenance chemotherapy and also incur lot of Out-of-Pocket Expenditure (OOPE) or fail to follow-up in the absence of such programme.