Delhi Hospital Successfully Treats 75 year-old Woman with Dual Cancer

Healthwire Bureau

New Delhi, January 24-In one of a kind case which will go a long way in boosting fight against cancer, a 75-year-old woman, who had cancer in her left breast and lung, was successfully treated at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here.

Sharad Mathur, the patient, was diagnosed with carcinoma cancer in her left breast and lung. Carcinoma breast is the most common type of cancer in women which begins in the thin tissue of the skin and may spread to other parts of the body. Carcinoma cancer in the woman’s left breast was treated in 2012.

“The patient was presented with a history of breast lump. We conducted all the relevant investigations after which the FNAC report showed Ductal carcinoma. Ductal carcinoma is a common type of breast cancer that starts in cells that line the milk ducts, which carry breast milk to the nipple,” a report in Outlook quoted Praveen Garg, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, as saying.

She has been counselled to undergo Modified Radical Mastectomy, after experts evaluated her.

Given the patient’s age, her case was complex and posed many difficult challenges. The lump she had in her left breast was removed in 2012. But little did she know that she would develop lung cancer within seven years of treatment of breast cancer. She was diagnosed with lung cancer while getting evaluating for chronic cough and she had to undergo chemotherapy.

“We gave her chemotherapy and immunotherapy. We took utmost care to see that the patient is able to lead a healthy and normal life, and is fully independent and functional,” Garg said.

“I was hit by cancer back to back, first in the breast and then lung cancer. I am grateful to the doctors who adopted the correct line of treatment and gave me a new lease of life,” Mathur said.

According to the experts, patients above 75 years rarely undergo cancer surgeries because of high mortality, fear of chemotherapy, and the risks and challenges associated with them.

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