The Ovarian National Alliance says almost a quarter of a million women worldwide are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. It is a disease that affects women’s ovaries, which are part of a reproductive system.
Ovarian cancer is sometimes called the silent killer because its symptoms mimic so many other conditions and in many cases, the disease is not discovered until cancer has spread.
For Samira Ali, 2017 was unlike any year in her life.
Samira, who is in her 40’s, lives in Qatar with her family. Her family learned about her nagging health problems in the late part of 2017 were symptoms of a bigger problem, however, decided not to reveal these problems as they were scared of Samira becoming overanxious about her health concerns. “I didn’t want her to worry about her health, we didn’t want her to feel overburdened through her difficult phase”, said Amal Samira’s sister.
In the meanwhile, Samira found it extremely difficult to cope with the symptoms “I realized that the first real symptom that I had was extreme exhaustion,” she said. “At home, I couldn’t do anything, really. I couldn’t lead a productive life because all I wanted to do was sleep and it was causing a tremendous amount of tension in my life”. After consulting multiple doctors in Qatar, her family together decided to consider treatment options abroad. They looked up at top five cancer hospitals in India and finally decided to go with Apollo Hospital in Chennai. Considering the hospital’s extensive specialization in the area cancer treatment, they were positive that they had made the right choice.
However, this decision, unfortunately, didn’t follow through. Days after contacting the hospital, the family had not heard back from them. “We sent our medical reports and wrote multiple emails to the hospital, but never heard from anyone at the establishment”. This was rather surprising and at the same time worrying as finding the right treatment for Samira was becoming a growing concern. After hearing about Vaidam through a family acquaintance, Samira’s sister Amal connected with our patient relation executive to help find answers and get affordable ovarian cancer treatment in India.
“We gave the options for another hospital, as a result, Dharamshila Hospital came through at the right time with treatment options that were suitable for the patient”. says one of the members from Patient Relations Team of Vaidam India.
Samira Ali arrived in New Delhi on 17 January and was taken directly to the hospital on arrival. At the hospital, the staff and patient executive team member were eagerly waiting for her arrival. A CT scan confirmed the family’s worst fears. It showed malignant tumors on her ovaries. It also showed there were malignancies in the fluid surrounding her abdomen called Ascites. Dr. Deni Gupta, her consulting Oncologist was extremely reluctant to go ahead with the surgery. The surgery required a certain degree of risk, and the doctor wanted to be absolutely sure about the repercussions that the patient may face.
Samira was extremely anxious but prayed that the All Mighty would see her through this difficult time. “We prayed that the Almighty God would take care of us, and decided to go ahead with the surgery.” After further consultations with the specialist from Medanta and then discussions with the patient’s family, Dr. Gupta decided to go ahead with the surgery.
After 4 days in the hospital with additional care, Samira and her family left the hospital content with the overall treatment. Samira stayed in India for a further 4 weeks after the treatment with special care and attention, with a nurse on-call. Through it all, the family keeps in mind the effort of their doctor at Dharmashila Hospital and the team at Vaidam for coming through just at the right time. “Thankfully, everything is over now, our prayers have been answered and we can go back home”, said Khalid, Samira’s brother. “We also have to give special thanks to the Dr. Deni Gupta - one of the top cancer specialist in India, Vaidam Health Team for helping us through this difficult time”.