Don't cry. Fight, say cancer survivors
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BANGALORE: Sitting and agonizing about your destiny when you are diagnosed with
cancer doesn't help. Fighting it bravely matters. This is the most efficacious
mantra against cancer, say survivors of this disease.
Sixty per cent of cancer cases are curable and death can be prevented in 75% of
them, said experts from Mazumdar-Shaw
Cancer Centre on
Monday. On the
occasion of World Cancer Day,
200 survivors narrated their experiences in battling and defeating the disease.
Sheila G, 40, a housekeeping staffer with the hospital's nuclear medicine
department in Narayana
was lucky to get diagnosed with breast cancer in its earlier stages. "I had
cancer in my left breast. I underwent chemotherapy and it was cured within 6-8
months. I have survived the disease for three years now," said Sheila.
Nalini Satyanarayan, a homemaker, said cancer has only made her brave. "When I
was diagnosed with cancer of my voice box, I felt dejected. But that phase
lasted only for a few days. I prepared myself to fight this battle. There is no
point in sitting and crying over your destiny. You can overcome this disease
only if you fight. My granddaughter was my biggest support. She kept encouraging
me. Today, I can talk with the help of an artificial voice box. If someone
doesn't understand what I say then I write and explain," said Nalini, a survivor
for three years. She also plays a special flute with her artificial voice box.
Two doctors narrated their stories of fighting the disease. Dr Sangeetha Medaiah,
a dentist from Mysore, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She completed
her treatment last month. Encouraging women to go for regular
Dr Sangeetha said: "It's important to remember that cancer is not funny. But if
you appreciate humour in life, it's not difficult to beat cancer. I am lucky to
be alive even
though a part of my body turned cancerous."
"One must not lose hope and trust science. Cancer is now curable if you get the
right treatment at the right time. And, of course, emotional
your family helps fighting the disease," said Dr Sanjith N, a dental surgeon
from Kochi, who completed tongue cancer treatment last year.