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Old 27th September 2008, 16:42   #1
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Team, need some urgent help. Just too bad time for me, my mother has been diagnosed for Ovarian Cancer. I have getting all the tests done at Artemis Gurgaon, and its confirmed as Ovarian Cancer.

I am really lost and don't know how to deal with this. Doctors have planned surgery as next step followed by Chemotherapy.

I want to discuss all the reports with another Cancer Specialist,

Team please please help me in case you know or have any close relative as cancer specialist who can clear the picture to me.

Please email me at rkbharat@gmail.com or just leave a PM and I can contact back.

Specialist any place in India is ok, I can scan and send all the reports, I have images for X-rays, CT Scan, MRI, Ultrasound.

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My sympathies - we are going through a similar ordeal in the family at the moment. Whoever you refer her to, please ensure you get a PEP Scan done at the earliest to determine how far the cancer has spread.

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thanks steeroid, yes doctor at Artemis did told me that they will do few more tests before final surgery and PEP is one of them. Please share some more details on how and where are treatments happening. They told me that at present it looks as if none of the organ is affected, like liver etc. So surgery is possible

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Dr. A.K. Vaid, who was in RGCI earlier, is a good doctor. He is in Artemis now. For second opinion you can go to RGCI Rohini. Get in touch with Dr. Doval.

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Whoever you refer her to, please ensure you get a PEP Scan done at the earliest to determine how far the cancer has spread.
I think you meant PET scan. (Positron emission tomography).
Yes its the standard test for determining the extent of cancer spread.

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Really sorry to hear this rk. Hope you get the best advice possible for timely treatment and early recovery of your mother.
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Ganga Ram Hospital, Dharamshila, and I think Rajiv Gandhi hospital are specialised cancer hospitals in NCR. Check their sites and take an appointment. It should not be too much of a problem.

Hope your mother keeps well.
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My mother got this way back in 1996. She is still alive. And quite healthy. My aunt survived this for around 25 years and died of something totally unrelated and at a ripe old age.
So please relax and don't panic.
But what you need to do is act really really fast. We did the operation within like 2/3 days of the suspicion and started the post operative therapy as soon as it was viable. They gave her cobalt ray therapy. Please act fast. Don't seek too many opinions and waste valuable time. Priority one is getting the affected organ removed from the body immediately. It will try to spread for as long as it is there.
After that what kind of radiation will be given etc can be discussed by different experts. Get the operation done immediately without wasting any further time.
I wish you and your mother all the best.

PS: For getting the affected organ removed you don't need any hi-fi expert/oncologist. Any good, reputable surgeon can do this. In my mother's case it was her gynecologist who did it. After that we went for the biopsy for a confirmed report and then to an oncologist who suggested cobalt therapy for about a month. Period. Treatment over. She has never been to a doctor again (which is wrong - I agree)

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Dr Harit Chaturvedi is a top surgeon at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute (RGCI) in Rohini, Delhi. If you want, I can PM his number to you. Just went through a similar experience in the family. I was very impressed with Dr Chaturvedi.

My best wishes are with you and your family. Hope your mother has a successful surgery and is cancer free soon.
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Bharat
My mother got this way back in 1996. She is still alive. And quite healthy. My aunt survived this for around 25 years and died of something totally unrelated and at a ripe old age.
So please relax and don't panic.
But what you need to do is act really really fast. We did the operation within like 2/3 days of the suspicion and started the post operative therapy as soon as it was viable. They gave her cobalt ray therapy. Please act fast. Don't seek too many opinions and waste valuable time. Priority one is getting the affected organ removed from the body immediately. It will try to spread for as long as it is there.
After that what kind of radiation will be given etc can be discussed by different experts. Get the operation done immediately without wasting any further time.
I wish you and your mother all the best.

PS: For getting the affected organ removed you don't need any hi-fi expert/oncologist. Any good, reputable surgeon can do this. In my mother's case it was her gynecologist who did it. After that we went for the biopsy for a confirmed report and then to an oncologist who suggested cobalt therapy for about a month. Period. Treatment over. She has never been to a doctor again (which is wrong - I agree)
Thanks Sudipto-S-Team, I know that I can not wait, last week its detected and all test are done except few, for the surgery. I just thought of talking to somebody very expert and known to somebody here, otherwise I am thinking of continuing with the treatment in Artemis.

Can you please tell me which part was affected in your mother's case.

I am feeling bit better after hearing your mother's case, and 100% agree with you for not to wait.
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Dr. A.K. Vaid, who was in RGCI earlier, is a good doctor. He is in Artemis now. For second opinion you can go to RGCI Rohini. Get in touch with Dr. Doval.
I think you meant PET scan. (Positron emission tomography).
Yes its the standard test for determining the extent of cancer spread.
Thanks DCEite, yes its PET, but do you know Dr Vaid, honestly speaking as Sudipto-S-Team said I do not want to go through the appointment-waiting-prescription-test cycle with another expert. Just need someone's quick opinion based on the examinations and reports we already have.

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Really sorry to hear this rk. Hope you get the best advice possible for timely treatment and early recovery of your mother.
Thanks Bass&Trouble

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Ganga Ram Hospital, Dharamshila, and I think Rajiv Gandhi hospital are specialised cancer hospitals in NCR. Check their sites and take an appointment. It should not be too much of a problem.

Hope your mother keeps well.
thanks vasudeva, I know both of these, but as we started the treatment here in Artemis, I am thinking if its should be ok to continue there.

I lost my father-in-law in cancer and he was treated in RGCI, so I am bit scared from that hospital. I know every case is bit different, still


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Dr Harit Chaturvedi is a top surgeon at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute (RGCI) in Rohini, Delhi. If you want, I can PM his number to you. Just went through a similar experience in the family. I was very impressed with Dr Chaturvedi.

My best wishes are with you and your family. Hope your mother has a successful surgery and is cancer free soon.
Thanks nkapoor777, do you know him personally?
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I will give you the whole story as it happened step by step.
My mom one evening called my sister and told her confidentially that she was bleeding from her private part. They went to the family gynecologist next evening. An old man in whose hands my sister was born in 1961. He said let's get the uterus operated out immediately. I said who will do it? He said I will do it. I didn't ask another question. I admitted her the very next day. The operation happened the day after. After the operation doc told me "I removed her uterus as well as the ovary - didn't take any chance. Take this to the lab for biopsy" - he handed over a small transparent plastic bag that had the organ in which I was born!!
It was a very different kind of feeling to hold it in my hand. I walked like in a daze upto the lab. I don't even remember it very clearly.
After a few days they confirmed the suspicion of the doctor. I don't remember the exact language of the diagnosis.
Next we went to a celebrity oncologist and he suggested cobalt therapy. One shot every day for about a month. Then they did a whole body scan to see if there was any trace left anywhere. Nothing was found. They suggested annual check up. My mother never bothered.
One other important thing - apart from the speed of removal - I never told her she had cancer. I said they are doing preventive therapy so that it doesn't turn into cancer. I think patient's level of mental confidence is very important.
Get a good surgeon. Get the affected part removed right away. Then you can think and discuss and blah blah blah. If you seek second opinion you will get thousands of opinions.
The organs are not really necessary for her anymore. Removing them won't harm her in anyway. If it was like liver or kidney etc which cannot be removed then I would have agreed about a few opinions etc.
Here you just get the damn thing removed fast and then think.
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RK, very sorry about what you're having to go through.

Please seek an opinion at AIIMS - one of the few places where TRUE medical advice is given, as opposed to 'commercial' advice.
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Sorry to hear the bad news Rajiv. Be optimistic, good part is cancer is detetced on time and can worked upon which is otherwise good then a stage where-in nothing can be done.

Ganga Ram Hospital is specialized one in cancers, Rajiv gandhi cancer hospital is another very good option. Kindly do not consult with more then 1-2 docters as it will further increase confusions.
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I think I will qualify my "advice" with one other statement - the operation can be done in a haste only if she does not have any other medical complication like diabetes, hyper tension, bad heart condition, low haemoglobin count etc. Otherwise it's a very routine operation. If she has any of these they will first cure that and then do the operation. That might take some time.
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Please rush your mom to AIIMS.

A cousin has had blood cancer (at 21, no less). First instinct had been RGCI - then relatives had to do circus to get him outta there.

However, the first month budget of RGCI has been close to what they've spent in five years of treatment/followups/treatment of relapse at AIIMS.

Not to mention that he's heartily alive despite a relapse.

/Nothing against Artemis but just based on my RGCI experience.
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.. very sorry to hear this. Been through a similar trauma recently. Dr. Vaid (Ex RGCI) is one of the best oncologists I could ever meet, he certainly knows his job. Dr. Chaturvedi is head in RGCI. If you need any help in RGCI, let me know. My cousin is ex radiologist, RGCI.
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