Navya, a Bangalore-based clinical informatics company, founded in collaboration with Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) and National Cancer Grid (NCG), provides online expert opinions to people with cancer.
This online service allows patients to upload their reports and get a response from world renowned experts within 24 hours.
Gitika Srivastava, Founder of Navya, stated, “Most people who have had any experience with cancer are aware of Tata Memorial Centre as one of the largest tertiary care expert centers in the world. However, not everyone from far flung areas can come to Mumbai or is aware of the significance of a proper choice in treatment to a change in outcomes.”
Gitika said, “Given the cases we have seen, we would urge everyone to get an expert opinion online at navya.care. You can be assured that the opinion rests on the experience of world renowned cancer experts and follows evidence based protocols best suited to your loved one’s specific case.”
Take the case of Mr. S N Das, resident of Hooghly, who complained of throat pain and globus pharyngeus. A checkup at the local ENT physician caused panic among family members, as he suspected carcinoma (cancer). He was then referred to a Superspeciality Hospital in Kolkata where the doctors recommended surgery post examination.
PET CT scan, done as part of staging, confirmed Stage II - Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). Chemotherapy with RCHOP regimen was performed. After completing 6 cycles of chemotherapy, the PET scan still showed partial response.
Unsure of what the next line of treatment should be, they decided to contact Navya for an expert opinion, registered at navya.care and uploaded all the medical reports, seeking to know ‘what next’.
TMC NCG experts recommended Mr. Das to complete 6 cycles of Rituximab, Involved Field Radiation Therapy (IFRT), followed by a repeat PET CT scan 3 months after completion of radiation therapy.
Mr. Das took the Navya report to his treating oncologists, completed the remaining cycles of chemotherapy and the radiation therapy. Currently, he is on observation and has resumed his work routine, and is capable of performing all his daily chores!
This case shows how Navya eased the case and the family was totally relieved of stress for further line of treatment.
Dr. Rajendra Badwe Director, Tata Memorial Centre, said, “There are a few hundred expert oncologists in India, mostly concentrated in a few metropolitan cities, but the number of cancer patients in need of expert treatment decisions is in the millions. Cutting through boundaries, and making expert cancer care accessible to one and all is TMC’s constant aim, and with Navya we achieve this.”