During May 2017, all of a sudden my brother-in-law started having acidity. We didn’t take it seriously. But from mid-June, he started having severe backaches. He lost his appetite too. At that time, he was working from home. So we thought that the health issues might be due to his sedentary lifestyle. They looked like symptoms of generic gastritis. But when the symptoms aggravated, he went to the hospital to do a check-up but the test results were all fine. The USG report came clean too. He took some prescribed medicines and recovered. So, we were not worried at all.
But it didn’t end there. Again his back pain started to increase. By the end of July, his condition worsened. We were very worried at that time. Either the 5th or 8th of August he was admitted to the hospital. All the test results came as clean. But we didn’t stop this time. He went through biopsy, laparoscopy, and endoscopy also and there was no indication of cancer in the results.
Doctors were also unable to find the cause of his symptoms. But they said it looked severe to them. It scared us but what could have we done without any indication. Imaging techniques and sonography were also applied, and those results also didn’t indicate cancer.
We were worried because the local lab results indicated cancer, but one of the famous labs in Mumbai indicated no signs of cancer. Though we were confused, the lab result of a famous pathology center comforted us. Meanwhile, I was researching myself about the symptoms and found about SRCC or Signet ring cell carcinoma, a rare form of highly malignant adenocarcinoma.
I also came to know that advanced techniques are needed to detect that and in India, the availability of these techniques is very rare.
Anyhow, all these procedures were going on till the 26th of August, and he was discharged on that day. Later on, due to the severity of his health condition 16th September, he went through another round of tests, and again the results didn’t indicate cancer. But we were so scared this time, we went to another doctor on 18th September, one of the famous doctors in lower Parel, Mumbai.
Just after looking at him and having a glance at the reports the doctor told us it was 4th stage pancreatic cancer. We consulted the doctors in the previous hospital and decided to start the cancer treatment there only. His chemotherapy was going to start from 25th September, but on 23rd, he started to have breathing issues. Doctors decided to start chemotherapy from 24th September. But on the 24th morning, suddenly he became unconscious and was moved to the ICU. After 25th September, his condition worsened.
All the organs started to fail. The kidney stopped functioning as the creatinine level was very high. He was on life support and continuous dialysis was going on. Doctors told us he may survive up to a couple of hours to a couple of days only. We knew the seriousness of his health condition. But who can bear this kind of situation? After some time, he went into a coma. Unfortunately, doctors told no points of keeping him on a ventilator. We decided to remove the life support on 1st October. 2nd October, at 1.20 am he left us.
The Irreversible Loss:
It took a lot of time to recover from that loss. We were so angry that due to lack of proper diagnosis, my brother-in-law’s condition worsened, and he died. We consulted so many doctors multiple times. We lost all our hope for oncologists in our country. When former chief minister of Goa Mr. Manohar Parikkar was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we hoped he would recover. It would be a ray of hope for people suffering from this. But he died too.
So, that is why I would suggest everyone go through multiple tests when having this kind of severity. Take consultation from multiple doctors. That can only help you. Don’t neglect the symptoms until you are very sure. It has changed my life a lot. I started to read about cancers. The cancer symptoms and what are the treatments available. I also started reading about alternative therapies to cure cancer. Now I am preparing for the management entrance examination and I want to join the top colleges of our countries which can help me later for a further contribution towards cancer patients.