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Ranjana Srivastava | The Guardian Archives

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It's clear that her symptoms are advancing and that she was right on the futility of further chemotherapy. She is having trouble staying awake, her appetite is deteriorating, and she is weaker by the day. This may well be our last appointment.
During the final weeks of her life, all spent in an Indian hospital, my grandmother deteriorated peacefully, and gracefully, until she slipped into a coma and breathed her last. My 10-year-old self remembers a thing or two about this time. The hospital's egg curry, a much-loved north Indian dish, was amazing.
The new patient is an elderly, diabetic lady whose heart has been teetering on the edge of failure for the past two years. She likes saying that her husband's death broke her heart - it might have been so but at age 80, diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension and a series of heart attacks have also taken their toll.


Every day in Australia 360 people learn they have cancer. It goes without saying it's a very stressful time. Stress as a cause of cancer has not been convincingly proven but recently researchers have been looking at how stress drives the spread of an existing cancer from the original tumour.