PRECISION THERAPY FOR CANCERS; A REVOLUTION IN MAKING!
· A Capsule of specific targeted therapy( Precision Therapy) saved life of a 75-years old woman who suffered from Advanced Symptomatic Lung Cancer
Pune, 21 January 2019
A 75-years old woman from New Delhi who was suffering from advanced symptomatic lung cancer got a new lease of life at a city hospital recently with a new line of treatment which raises hope among those suffering from critical life threatening cancer.
The patient, a non-smoker with no history of alcohol intake, complained of dry cough, breathlessness at rest and on walking few steps, pain chest, low grade fever off and on, inability to lie flat on her back. She had respiratory distress and poor oral intake for last several months. She was bed ridden for last several months. Earlier, she was hospitalised at a large Multi-Speciality institution and was suspected to have bilateral pneumonia and was managed with I-V antibiotics, steroids, antifungals, bronchodilators and nebulisers, and supportive measures. The patient was also on high flow oxygen therapy 15 to 20 litres.
Underwent an image guided lung biopsy. The investigations and tests indicated a non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). On further evaluation, it was an Adenocarcinoma. This was sub classified into having an EGFR Mutation with a rare L858-R Resistant Mutational states.
Advanced age and poor performance states (general health) posed a big challenge to oncology experts to treat this potentially life threatening medical emergency with conventional chemotherapy. Hence, Dr Rakesh Chopra (when now ask), Director- Medical Oncology, Hematology & BMT Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital considered to opt for new line of treatment. The oncology expert advised and opted for modern precision medicine which has now come as a miraculous life saviour for even end-stage cancers.
With precision therapy, within a few weeks the patient starting therapy, she improved and she is leading a normal life now. The case has improved Oncologists’ confidence in treating cancers by practicing precision medicine based on biomarker defined actionable mutational specific therapy.
“Based on her x ray findings, biopsy report, biomarker report, mutational status and after taking an informed high-risk consent from the patient’s family, the patient was started on a single capsule of specific targeted therapy. The capsule was given initially through a Ryle’s tube and subsequently orally. Within a few weeks the patient’s clinical condition improved, she was off oxygen therapy, her x ray showed complete clearing, she was able to walk unaided and was able to do her daily routine and is able to enjoy her grandchildren,” says Dr Chopra.
The case raises hope among those who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Oncologists and scientists consider precision or targeted therapy as a revolution in making.
About Aakash Healthcare – Super Specialty Hospital, Dwarka
Aakash Healthcare is a state of the art tertiary care facility and the first smart hospital in Dwarka – Asia’s biggest residential colony. The hospital is furnished with 230 beds in Phase One, 8 State of the art Operating Rooms, 70 bedded Medical and Surgical Critical Care unit, 15 bedded specialized Dialysis Unit, Advanced Neonatal ICU, Flat Panel Cath Lab and 24X7 Cardiac Emergency & Trauma Services. The hospital also has ultra-modern diagnostic equipment namely – 3.0 Tesla MRI, 128 slice CT scan, Flat panel C-Arm, 4D and 5D Ultrasound to name a few.
Highly qualified and internationally trained doctors manage Aakash Healthcare. The hospital firmly believes that “We care, He Cures” which is evident through actions of its compassionate staff with national and international experience. The hospital excels in Cardiology, Mother & Child, General & Minimal Access Surgery, Ophthalmology, Renal Sciences, Trauma facilities, and provides world-class treatment in the field of Orthopedic & Joint Replacement Surgery and also boasts of having the only ‘Pediatric ICU’ in the neighborhood area.
A unified team of experts ensure 24×7 Comprehensive Care towards patients. The Hospital has deployed high-end technologies and smart digital systems along with robust IT and Hospital Information Systems (HIS) to address complex medical needs.
Mr. J.C. Chaudhry is the Chairman and Dr. Aashish Chaudhry, the Founder and Managing Director of Aakash Healthcare, who himself is a renowned orthopedic surgeon, aims to make Aakash Healthcare the most preferred healthcare facility by providing compassionate, value for money, and world class healthcare services, with a talented team of doctors, and ultra-modern technology, ensuring speedy recovery.