Hyderabad: As many as eighty per cent of the patients had a change in the treatment and 14 per cent undergo wrong cancer treatment according to a study carried out on 300 people by a Hyderabad-based start up onco.com, which has been accepted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
The start up approached 10,000 patients in the last one year, from India, South East Asia and eastern Europe.
Dr Amit Jotwani, a senior consultant oncologist and co-founder of the company explained, “It is very important to get the right treatment for cancer. For this reason, we give in writing to our patients what the right treatment would be and ask them to get it treated from the doctor and hospital of their choice. Our goal is to give the right information so that they patients spend their resources wisely. Stories of patients going broke are quite common in hospital corridors and for this very reason, a patient-centric virtual opinion is available.”
The portal is being operated completely by doctors who get upset when patients call and tell that they have sought a second opinion.
But Dr Jotwani stated that this is good for the patient as they can take an advised decision....