A 79-year-old man who suffered from an “aggressive” stage four lung cancer, got a new lease of life on Tuesday after undergoing Immunotherapy at a private facility in Gurgaon informed the hospital authorities. According to a statement from Paras Hospitals Gurgaon that there is a belief that advanced lung cancer patients can have a life expectancy of only one year.
“With the use of immunotherapy, we have been able to prolong the survival with excellent quality of life of a 79-year-old patient. He is probably one of the longest survivors of stage four lung cancer benefiting from modern therapy,” it claimed.
In 2016 the patient was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and since then he was administered immunotherapy. According to the statement, he responded fine to the treatment and is one of the longest survivors of advanced-stage cancer in India.
After his diagnosis in 2016, the patient had an unsuccessful trial of chemotherapy of various types and he was quite weakened and was confined to a wheelchair with his advanced lung cancer.
Later he was advised immunotherapy by Dr (retd Col) R Ranga Rao, currently Chairman, Paras Cancer Centre, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaonm, which then was quite new to India during that time and after few weeks he was able to walk.
The statement further said the patient had resulted in few side effects like skin rashes and thyroid issues but it was immediately managed by doctors.
Unlike chemotherapy, immunotherapy does not kill cancer, rather it makes the immune cells more effective to fight cancer cells. And currently, the patient is doing very well and waiting to celebrate his 80th birthday early next year, the statement stated.
Speaking about the case, Rao said, “Despite an aggressive stage four cancer, he has fought cancer and has survived without undergoing any surgery. Lung cancers can be tackled even at advanced stages and older age groups through the advances of newer techniques in cancer treatment and selection of the right choice of therapy.”
The senior doctor claimed that he was one of the initial patients for immunotherapy, which is especially for those patients who have failed chemo, he said.
“When he came to me in 2016, he was wheelchair-bound and now he is a complete fit person who does his exercises regularly, plays golf and comes for his check-up on his own,” the doctor claimed.
In 2020 the patient had a history of prostate cancer from which he recovered successfully and was suffering from Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). Initially for three years, he was called for immunotherapy, for two weeks and then it was reduced to once every two months.
His quality of life has improved to such an extent that now he has no cough, breathlessness and weakness. He has even gained weight and is living a normal life. Moreover, he has always been a non-smoker and has always lead a disciplined life according to the statement.
“I never thought that I would be able to lead such a healthy and quality life after being diagnosed with two cancers,” the patient said.