Regular check-up helps timely detection of cancer in woman

Namrata Devikar
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

PUNE: There is a general tendency of avoiding a regular full-body medical check-up, fearing it might give unpleasant results. But this regular check-up saved the life of a 67-year-old woman from Magarpatta, who was diagnosed with a rare fallopian tube stage two cancer.

Since this cancer was asymptomatic (ie without any visible symptoms), doctors noted it was diagnosed only because of timely detection. They added that by the time the cancer would have shown its symptoms, it would have been very late.

PUNE: There is a general tendency of avoiding a regular full-body medical check-up, fearing it might give unpleasant results. But this regular check-up saved the life of a 67-year-old woman from Magarpatta, who was diagnosed with a rare fallopian tube stage two cancer.

Since this cancer was asymptomatic (ie without any visible symptoms), doctors noted it was diagnosed only because of timely detection. They added that by the time the cancer would have shown its symptoms, it would have been very late.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Smita Sinukumar, oncology surgeon from Jehangir Hospital, said the patient had a stage two fallopian tube cancer, which is rare and accounts for only one per cent of all cancer incidence among women.

“We get patients at a later stage as the symptoms are visible only then. However, in this case, the patient had come for a regular health check-up and during the blood test, the Ca125 count was 1600, which is very high compared to normal levels. Similarly, the MRI showed a cyst on the right ovary. Further test on the cyst diagnosed it as cancer,” said Dr Sinukumar.

She said the rare cancer was diagnosed and treatment given in 10 days. “The patient came to us for a regular check-up in mid-January and we operated upon during the first week of February. She is now in good health,” said Dr Sinukumar.

Speaking to Sakal Times, the son of the patient, who did not wish to be named, said his mother had stomach ache and fever for a long time.

“We went to a gynaecologist, who recommended us to Dr Sinukumar. I always tell my mother to undergo a regular full-body check-up and that has finally prevented cancer from reaching an advanced stage,” said the son.

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