Apollo Spectra Hospitals has helped an elderly man take on prostate cancer not once but twice, and he is now recovering and doing well with regular follow up appointments.
Syed (name changed for anonymity) was 76 when he was successfully treated and operated on for prostate cancer at the Apollo Spectra Hospitals in 2014. He thought that, at his age, he would not have to worry about cancer again. But this year at the age of 78, the hospital at Kailash Colony found that he was suffering from cancer of the right-side testis.
It was a very rare situation because the two cancers were unrelated.
Dr N K Mohanty, urology specialist at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, operated on him and removed his right testis. Post the results of the histopathology it was observed that the patient was suffering from a case of Seminoma Testis. This is a germ cell tumour that occurs in the testicle, and came as a shock to the doctors as this from or testicle cancer is never seen in elderly men, and is more common in young men
Post operation, the prostate cancer is well controlled and the Metastasis has stopped. The Seminoma testis is under control and has stopped spreading to all parts of the body.
Such complex surgeries require a highly sophisticated and equipped operation theatre (OT) set up with highly trained OT staff, to ensure precision and safety.
The post-operative care is also very critical and requires a lot of expertise from the support doctors, physiotherapy team and nursing staff. Incidence of post-operative infection in such cases is a risk and hence such cases are best performed in setups adhering to universally accepted infection control protocols.
Though such a case is very rare, doctors are now seeing such cases a lot more. Though not very common yet, doctors are beginning to see a trend of patients who have survived one form of cancer, being prone to another form. Though usually in these cases treatment is easily available and patients recover quickly, patients still need to be careful and conduct regular check-ups post treatment to be safe.
Delhi cancer registry shows cancer of the prostate is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Delhi accounting for about 6.78 per cent of all malignancies.
According to a study by International Agency for Research on Cancer, the worldwide prostate cancer (PCa) burden is expected to grow to 1.7 million new cases and 4,99,000 new deaths by 2030 simply due to the growth and aging of the global population.