MEENA NANDAL, 56

DELHI

India Today - - CANCER -

Free of can­cer, and with no side ef­fects, the school­teacher says, “I teach, I sing, I love life.”

Nandal was on a trip to Ja­pan with her hus­band in 2010 when she was di­ag­nosed with stage 3 ovar­ian can­cer. De­spite rounds of treat­ments, the can­cer re­turned, chemo­ther­apy-re­sis­tant, af­ter 18 months. She tested pos­i­tive for a mu­ta­tion in the BRCA2 gene at the Strand Cen­tre for Ge­nomics and Per­son­alised Medicine, Ben­galuru. Dili­gent ge­netic analy­ses in­di­cated her el­i­gi­bil­ity for a new kind of ther­apy (PARP in­hibitor), the pill for which had just been ap­proved by the USFDA.

RA­JWANT RAWAT

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