The fifth seminar of the Continuing Medical Education program was held on January 25, 2006 in the Conference Hall of the Sri Narayani Hospital and Research Centre. Dr. J. Surendra Babu, the General Superintendent, welcomed the gathering and guided the honouring of guests. Mr. N. Balaji, Director of the Sri Narayani Hospital and Research Centre, introduced the guests, Dr. Desiree Pardi and Mr. Robert Pardi on the dais.
Dr. Desiree Pardi is a Fellow on the Pain and Palliative Care Service in the Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, U.S.A. Dr. Pardi began her symposium address by expressing the great impact that her visit to Sri Narayani Peedam and the Dharshan of His Holiness Arul Thiru Sakthi Amma has had upon her life. She also expressed her gratitude to Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, an oncologist from New York City, who initially enlightened her about the Divine existence of Arul Thiru Sakthi Amma.
Dr. Pardi presented a symposium on “Pain Management on Cancer Patients” based on the research she had undertaken at the famous Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. Her research focused mainly on the specific kinds of pain experienced by cancer patients and the drugs and therapy designed for quick and permanent relief of these symptoms. She illustrated the steps of treatment for various stages of cancer by outlining a ladder of treatment hierarchy depending upon the degree and magnitude of pain.
At the close of the program Dr. Pardi invited questions regarding the subject from the 100 attendees. Our Director raised a very important and sought after clarification. He mentioned that it was easy to know the place and degree of pain in adults as they can show the place of pain and explain its status. But how, he asked, is it possible to treat the same in children from whom you cannot get any specific answers regarding their pain? Dr. Pardi replied that this is a true concern, and that most of the time you will have to get the needed information from the parents. However, she also said that children over two years of age are actually more informative when asked than often thought possible.