Two women from different countries, regions and beliefs, but they both choose the same aspect – Early detection and timely treatment. For Kalawati, 50 yrs and Nahid Zalmai, 30 yrs, the road to recovery is clearer and in their fight with cancer they have an upper hand.
Nahid Zalmai, fighting Cancer from Afghanistan
A shy lady and a mother of a child can’t stop smiling as she will soon be going back home – this time healthy and without any pain. Just as she conceived, her ultrasound highlighted cysts in her stomach. “My stomach used to be bloated and I used to experience pain, but I had to choose the timing of the treatment. The doctor at Kabul advised that I could go ahead with the delivery and have the cancer treatment later on. The cysts soon developed into a tumour. As soon as my child turned 12 months old, my husband decided that now it was time for me.”
According to Dr RN Mittal, Sr Consultant Oncosurgery, “Zalmai is a fantastic example of how timely treatment and early detection can ensure faster and assured recovery from Cancer. Majority of the times we end up witnessing Indians opting for detection at stage 3 or 4. This is the time when they can’t bear the pain anymore and their signs and symptoms aggravate.”
Zalmai shall soon be getting discharged from the hospital and has gone through a stomach cancer surgery in which the tumour has been removed.
Kalawati Devi, a Breast Cancer Fighter
The 50 yr old lady is exceptionally confident. Not only did she detect her signs and symptoms early, she also consulted a super specialist and planned her treatment. “I come from a small village near Patna, Bihar. My son resides in Gurgaon. I used to feel discomfort and heaviness in my chest. As soon as I felt that there is something wrong with me, I consulted my doctor. My mammography showed lesions in my breast tissue. I planned my visit to my son and here I am, getting treatment.”
Dr RN Mittal highlights, “Kalawati is an example of an empowered woman who chose prevention and took it on herself to remain healthy. She has stage 2 breast cancer and she has decided on mastectomy (removal of the breasts). Although she is confident, but she is also apprehensive about the change that the surgery will bring about.”
Just as she is being wheeled in the OT, she smiles and tells us, “Don’t worry we will finish our conversation, I will soon be back, but this time as a new woman.”