Cancer patients in the district, particularly those belonging to poor socio-economic background, look for the early start of treatment facilities at the Government Headquarters Hospital here.

In most cases, patients seek treatment for cancer at a critical stage when the cost of medication is high, and the chances of survival are limited. It is to assuage the pain terminally ill cancer patients go through that the Indian Medical Association - Tamil Nadu, is thinking on the lines of establishing palliative care centres in every district through private-public partnership. The centres have been conceptualised to provide support to family members, counselling and therapies for patients, and proper medicines.

According to statistics maintained by the Erode Cancer Centre, 8,276 cancer patients have received treatment since 2007. Women patients are slightly more in number.

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