62 years old, Irene Wanjiru Kamau from Kenya became worried when she felt a lump in her right breast. She noticed the same while taking a bath. Aware about signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer, she decided to consult a doctor in Kenya. The specialist recommended a mammography and a biopsy of the breast. The diagnosis revealed Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Worried with the constant unnecessary referrals to doctors and tests in Kenya, Irene decided to come to India for treatment.
“All my family members and close friends recommended that India is the best destination for specialized medical treatment. Moreover I wanted to opt for a hospital that has the best expertise but at reasonable and affordable cost. Like a blessing, representatives of Paras Hospitals contacted me,” shares Irene with a smile on her face.
According to Dr RN Mittal, Sr Consultant Surgical Oncology, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, “Few lab tests and CT diagnosis confirmed that Irene had stage 2 breast cancer. It was detected at an early stage and was yet to spread to other parts of the body. We recommended two types of surgeries- Breast Conservative Surgery (in this the cancer is removed but the breast is retained. To avoid further complications, the patient has to undergo radiation therapy) or Breast Removal (in this the complete breast is removed).”
Irene shares her candid experience to make a choice, “I say that I am a beautiful woman; I want to make sure that cancer doesn’t change that. Hence despite insistence from my family members, I opted for Breast Conservative Surgery. Yes, my fight with Cancer will be prolonged by my decision. But I am ready to fight the evil and save myself. I am certain that I will win!”
Irene went through the specialized surgery and was fit for discharge in 4 days. She is presently on chemotherapy and her biopsy results are fine. According to Dr RN Mittal, “I congratulate Irene’s spirit. Even after the surgery and chemo sessions, it is her undaunted strength that is working more than medicines. She is an example for numerous cancer patients who often break down and feel defeated in their fight.”
When you ask Irene what will her family be gifting her when she goes back home, she smiles and says, “ It is me who is going back home , with the greatest gift of mankind – Life and an another chance to live again!”