Sixty-year-old Arun Kumar diagnosed with advanced colon cancer was successfully operated here at Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh.

“Kumar, a native of Bihar, was admitted with a bleeding rectum, however after a complete medical evaluation at the hospital, the patient was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer,” said Fortis Hospital GI Cancer Director Dr. Pradeep Jain in a statement.

Colorectal Cancer has the lowest incidence in India as compared to western countries. However, it has seen an increase in numbers with the increasing urbanisation in India.

According to a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the second most common in women. In India, the annual incidence for colon cancer in men is 4.4 per 100000 and 3.9 per 100000 in women.

Giving account of treatment, Jain stated that in Kumar’s case, due to multiple complications, the patient had to be stabilised in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for over 40 days before his treatment could commence.

Kumar underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, after which he was discharged from the hospital.

However, within 15 days, he had to be re-admitted as he was suffering from fever, chills and breathlessness.

“A cardio assessment revealed that he had a very low rate of pumping heart power – 30 per cent against the average rate of 60%. His oxygen supply was also very low and he had to be put onto ventilator support. His kidney function test also showed irregularities and the ultrasound report revealed presence of fluids, swelling in the lungs and an increase in the size of the liver,” he stated in a statement.

Additionally, the patient had an active infection and stones in the gall bladder and bile duct. The stones were removed through an endoscopic procedure, post which stenting was done. Once the infection had been controlled and the patient stabilised, he underwent a laparoscopic cancer surgery.

“Considering the complications that had arisen before the surgery, Mr. Kumar had recovered well and in good time,” Dr Jain said.

“While I was in ICU, I was very critical and my family wasn’t hopeful of my survival. However, Dr. Pradeep Jain and his team did not give up and continued to work relentlessly on making me better, treating one condition at a time. It is because of their efforts that I am healthy today and am able perform my regular day to day activities with ease,” stated the patient in a release shared with UNI.

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