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A Nigerian conquers over breast cancer and undergoes complete cancer treatment during Pregnancy at Fortis Cancer Institute
~ 26 years old John Kalzi detected of breast cancer while she was pregnant underwent surgery & chemotherapy and delivers a normal child~
Mumbai, 3rd February, 2011: Combining medical excellence, courage to conquer and fight against cancer and faith to bring a new life to this world, Fortis Cancer Institute successfully treats a Nigerian lady of her breast cancer during pregnancy. 26 year old John Kalzi who was diagnosed of breast cancer on her 6th month underwent complete cancer treatment and delivered a normal baby.
Ms John Kalzi found a lump in her breast and later a biopsy at Nigeria confirmed she was suffering from breast cancer. Knowing about a cancer screening camp organized by Fortis Hospitals Ms Kalzi decided to go to the camp to consult the specialist for a second opinion. Dr. Arun Bhel, Consultant Onco Surgeon who evaluated Kalzi confirmed her of breast cancer (right breast) and she advised her to undergo surgery.
Dr. Arun Bhel, Consultant Onco Surgeon Fortis Hospitals said "In view of the pregnancy being in the 6th month with associated Breast cancer there was a dilemma as to how to treat her and save the baby at the same time. We suggested her for a removal of cancerous tumor. We also informed that all attempts will be made not only to treat the cancer but also to try and protect the baby. After understanding her condition and need to get treated as early as possible, Kalzi decided to come to Fortis Cancer Institute for further treatment." Kalzi was screened by a team of specialists at Fortis Cancer Institute and a treatment strategy was further planned. Utmost care was taken to protect the baby during evaluation and protect the fetus from any sort of radiation. She underwent a mastectomy whereby her right breast which was affected of cancerous tumor was removed.
After the mastectomy Kalzi was put on chemotherapy for further treatment. As Dr. Boman Dhabar, Medical Oncologist, Fortis Cancer Institute elaborates, "Since Ms Kalzi was pregnant high dose of chemotherapy could have affected her Baby hence we planned for inj cyclophosphamide & inj Adiamycin which was found be safe while chemotherapy during pregnancy and gave her 4 cycle of chemotherapy (spread over 21days)."
Dr. Atul Ganatra, Gynaecologist at Fortis Hospitals was actively involved in the process of treating Kalzi. She delivered a normal Baby boy (weighing 3.5 Kg) on 29th Sep 2010. Kalzi was not advised for breast feeding as chemotheraphy drugs could affect the baby. Ms John Kalzi narrates, "I was worried and reluctant initially as I thought chemotherapy could affect my child. But the doctors assured me that they will take extra care while treating me. I trusted the team of doctors and they helped me deliver a normal baby boy. I and my family were so overwhelmed that we decided to name the baby as "Miracle". I heartily thank the whole team of Fortis doctors to give me the happiness of having Miracle in my life and conquering cancer with faith."
Post delivery after 2 weeks Ms Kalzi was again given a 4 cycle of chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiation. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vijayratna, Regional General Manager, Fortis Hospitals said "Ms Kalzi’s and her baby’s life is today safe and secure only because of timely detection. If the cancer was left undetected her condition could have been critical. Hence timely detection and right expertise is very crucial. This case is a testimony to the quality and credibility of Indian Healthcare expertise. We at Fortis Cancer Institute ensure to provide a complete cure to our survivors and try to give them a better quality of life with care and curing."