A new milestone in Cancer Treatment: A Man aged 83, successfully treated by Kauvery Hospital

  • The octogenarian had a complicated medical history of Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac Disease, Renal Failure, and Bronchiectasis.
  • Targeted Therapies are one of the latest advancements in Cancer Treatment.
  • The individual was treated for High-grade NHL, a type of cancer that results in the overproduction of white blood cells.

Chennai, 1st March 2023: Kauvery Hospital Chennai, a unit of Kauvery Group of Hospitals, a leading multispecialty healthcare chain in Tamil Nadu, successfully treated a man aged 83, for Cancer. The octogenarian had multiple comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, history of cardiac disease for which he had undergone bypass surgery. The individual was also undergoing dialysis for kidney failure.

The gentleman presented with symptoms of extreme fatigue and abdominal pain. Blood tests and scans revealed that he was affected by high-grade B-Cell lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system which is a part of the immune system that helps fight infections and diseases.

We performed an ultrasound scan and found that he had multiple lesions in his liver. The biopsy results also revealed he had a high grade B-NHL, a very aggressive type of cancer. Keeping in view the severity of cancer, his other comorbidities, and age factor we administered a combination of personalized Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapy. He responded well to the treatments and he underwent six cycles of the same. Generally, people above 70 years have apprehensions about cancer treatments. However, with advancements in treatment modalities, it is possible to treat cancer even among the elderly."

In India, lymphoma is the 6th most common cancer among men and the 10th most common cancer among women. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the incidence rate of B-NHL lymphoma in India ranges from 3.7 to 6.8 per 100,000 population annually.

"Targeted therapies are one of the latest advancements in Cancer Treatments, where the medicines are administered to target specific cells in the body. This stops the cancer cells from growing further and destroys the cancer cells. This is used in combination with chemotherapy for certain types of cancers such as Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, and types of blood cancers,"

Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj- Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital Chennai, said, "The advancements in Cancer Treatments have grown exponentially in the last decades, and it has certainly improved the survival rates. However, early detection is key in treating cancer. Regular screenings and health checkups can help detect cancers at an early stage and to begin the necessary treatments in order to cure cancer. The expert team of Oncologists provide the right treatment suitable to the patient’s condition and cancer type. It is truly commendable that we were able to treat an elderly person affected by Cancer. I congratulate Dr. Suresh Kumar and his team for providing the right treatment and helping him live with a better quality of life."


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