Chemotherapy is a critical procedure that gives many cancer patients hope. Unfortunately, it comes with an assortment of adverse side effects that can be quite dangerous themselves if not managed effectively.

Patients who go through chemotherapy may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal cramps, pain, anorexia, constipation, fatigue and a host of many other symptoms that can really take a toll on a person’s will to survive.

Now imagine going through all these symptoms inside a hot and humid room that’s already uncomfortable for cancer-free individuals.

This was the unfortunate case at the Oncology Clinic of the UP PGH Cancer Institute before the PGH Medical Foundation came in and cooled things down with the purchase and installation of several brand new air-conditioning units for the clinic.

The Foundation, through funds generated by the “I AM PGH” campaign, secured two (2) inverter floor mounted air-conditioning units amounting to Php 173,765.00  and installed these at strategic locations within the clinic.

“Salamat sa Diyos at sa Foundation at lumamig na din dito sa clinic,” said one of the clinic’s charity patient after the new air-conditioning units were turned on.

The UP-PGH Cancer Institute (CI) was set up to provide comfort and quality care to cancer patients. In particular, the institute provides this care to indigent cancer stricken Filipinos. Institute gets at least 220 out patients daily and which maintains 51 beds that are alternately shared by patients undergoing chemotherapy.