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tra­chea or wind­pipe is the air­way from the lar­ynx (voice box) to the bronchi, which lead to the lungs in the tra­chea are rare, and can­cer­ous tu­mours are rarer

in­ci­dence is 0.01–0.4% of all ma­lig­nan­cies with an­nual in­ci­dence of 0.2 cases per 100,000 peo­ple (US stud­ies)

of tracheal can­cer (& bronchial) tu­mours in­clude cough­ing (could be blood), laboured breath­ing, Stri­dor (a high-pitched sound that oc­curs as breath is drawn in) and/ or wheez­ing. At an ad­vanced stage, pa­tients could ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fi­culty swal­low­ing

23-year-old fi­nal year BSc stu­dent had Stri­dor, with each laugh­ter end­ing with a high­pitch sound

Sept, his mom & friends told him about his pe­cu­liar pitch. Treat­ment by fam­ily doc­tor and a spe­cial­ist didn’t yield any change CT scan showed a growth around his tra­chea at Jupiter Hos­pi­tal, Thane, or­dered an im­me­di­ate surgery as it was can­cer­ous

of a fruit-seller, he and his fam­ily raised Rs 4 lakh from friends and fam­ily within a fort­night for the surgery lo­ca­tion—just 2cm above the di­vi­sion and close to the heart and ma­jor blood ves­sels.”

On Oc­to­ber 13, af­ter PET scans ruled out spread of the can­cer, doc­tors re­moved the tu­mour-hit rings span­ning about 1.2cm by 1cm, and joined the two ends again. To en­sure the stitches don’t come off, the doc­tors kept his chin sewn to his chest for seven days.

When asked, Tata Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal’s can­cer sur­geon (car­dio­tho­racic) Dr C Pramesh said tracheal can­cer is ex­tremely rare. “Even at Tata Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, which gets ref­er­ences of pa­tients from across In­dia, we get one or two cases a year,” he said.

As for Ro­han, he is plan­ning to fin­ish his grad­u­a­tion and look for ways to help his par­ents as his fa­ther earns humbly as a fruit­seller out­side rail­way sta­tions. “My fa­ther spent days vis­it­ing peo­ple and NGOs seek­ing money for my op­er­a­tion that cost Rs 4.8 lakh. I was shocked to find out that some of the che­ques that peo­ple gave him for Rs 10,000 or Rs 30,000 bounced,” said the young­ster. While the hos­pi­tal gave some con­ces­sion and ar­ranged for state in­sur­ance fund­ing for his ra­di­a­tion treat­ment, his par­ents had to take loans and dona­tions from fam­ily and friends to fund the main surgery. “We have to now re­pay peo­ple a lot of money.”

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