THE BHANDUP CASE
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.”