Medica Superspecialty Hospital celebrates the Brain Tumour Bravehearts

New Delhi, 1st February ’24: Medica Group of Hospitals, the leading private hospital chain in Eastern India, organized an inspiring programme for brain tumour survivors at the hospital today. Recognizing the life-threatening nature of brain tumours and the intricate challenges involved in treating them without causing long-term damage, Medica’s team of highly experienced neurosurgeons have achieved commendable success over the past years. The success is attributed to the unwavering faith and support of patients and their families. During the event, Dr. L.N. Tripathy, Director of Medica Institute of Neurological Diseases (MIND), Senior Consultant, Brain and Spine Surgeon; Dr. Harsh Jain, Senior Consultant – Brain and Spine Surgeon and Dr. Sunandan Basu, Senior Consultant, Brain and Spine Surgeon and ably supported by Dr. Pradip Kumar Mondal, Consultant, Medical & Hemato-Oncology and Dr. Sayan Das, Senior Consultant & Head Radiation Oncology. The programme celebrated the stories of over 20 survivors for their extraordinary journeys, demonstrating that they now not only lead normal and fulfilling lives but also act as sources of inspiration to all other fellow patients.

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During the gathering, Dr. L.N. Tripathy, shared, “In the field of neurosurgery, addressing brain tumours is not merely a surgical procedure; it’s a commitment to not only clinically address the tumour, but also to teat holistically through post-surgical radiation & chemotherapy support and rehabilitation through physiotherapy. We have treated complex brain tumour cases at Medica due to excellent clinical team and the latest technologies. Creation of the support group is to give our patients a platform so that they can share their experiences and give moral support to each other. This group will enable these patients to come back once again to the mainstream of life and lead normal & fulfilling lives.”

Dr. Harsh Jain, shared, “It brings us immense joy to witness everyone present here in a state of well-being and high spirits. At Medica, our commitment is to provide treatment as per global standards in terms of clinical expertise and technology support. We have constituted an internal Tumour Board where we discuss these complex cases across clinicians from concerned disciplines. This board consists of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuro-pathologists, and neuro-radiologists, fostering a comprehensive and collaborative approach in addressing these critical cases.”

Dr. Sunandan Basu emphasized, “The collective presence of every survivor in this room highlights that patients need not go elsewhere or other parts of the country for treatments. At Medica we have successfully treated these patients not just from the state but all. Across Eastern India. Their personal journeys serve as powerful testaments to overcoming adversity and standing tall.”

During the meet, one of the male patients, a 33-year-old, shared his journey and expressed, “I have had a long history of impaired vision. In 2018, doctors recommended I should get a CT scan and MRI, which later showed a large pituitary tumour. I had my operation on 13th October’ 18, and I am immensely grateful to the dedicated hospital staff at Medica, who played a pivotal role in my journey. Thanks to their unwavering commitment and expertise, I am now doing well, back to my work, and embracing life with renewed vigor.”

Another male patient, a 38-year-old, shared, “Before being diagnosed with brain tumour, I was plagued by persistent headaches and forgetfulness, which cast a shadow over my daily life. Thanks to the timely intervention and skillful surgery performed on 30th September’22, I am now on the path to recovery. Grateful for the meticulous care and expertise of the doctors, I have not only overcome the challenges but have also returned to my work seamlessly.”

A 35-year-old lady, who had her c-section and brain tumour operation on the same day, in the same operation theatre, shared her journey, “Facing a brain tumour diagnosis during the last trimester of my pregnancy was a nightmare. The problems in vision and recurrent headaches became a serious concern for both me and my unborn child. However, the compassionate efforts of the obstetricians and neurosurgeons, helped me to sail through the adversity in an informed manner where the clinicians kept me updated about the line of treatment at each step. The decision to perform a caesarean section to deliver my baby, followed by a successful brain tumour surgery not only saved my life but also the life of my child. It’s been 4 months since my operation and I do feel happy & confident that I have passed that dark stage of my life and leading a normal life.”

Mr. R. Udayan Lahiry, Managing Director, Medica Group of Hospitals, stated, “As per the National Library of Science, it’s estimated that approximately 10 out of every 100,000 individuals in India are diagnosed with central nervous system tumours, and around 2% of these cases are malignant. Over the past 14 years, our neurosurgeons have consistently achieved high success rates in treating brain tumours. Today, I am overwhelmed to hear the success stories from these survivors. Their feedback is invaluable to us. It strengthens our resolve to continue making a meaningful impact on the lives of those who are suffering.”

Mr. Ayanabh Debgupta, Jt. Managing Director, Medica Group of Hospitals, shared, “The neurosurgery department at Medica has been doing exemplary work since the inception of the hospital. Approximately 1100 complex tumour cases have been operated and this has been possible with the expertise of our clinicians coupled with the latest technologies that we use. Performing such complex cases are now more cohesive with support from the Medica Oncology department as post-surgical Radiation & Chemotherapy services could be availed under one roof. We have not only catered to such patients from Bengal but also from neighbouring North-Eastern states and SAARC countries like Nepal, Bhutan & Bangladesh.”