Confirmed: PM has lung cancer

- ANIL GIRI, Kathmandu
Confirmed: PM has lung cancer

Jun 26, 2014-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has been diagnosed with lung cancer, his personal physician Dr Kabir Nath Yogi confirmed to the Post over the phone from New York on Thursday. He will undergo radiotherapy for 15 days—the first bout of treatment—beginning Friday.

PM Koirala had a biopsy performed at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that “tested positive for lung cancer,” said Dr Yogi. “But we can take comfort that it is in an initial stage.”

Koirala had undergone a battery of tests, including CECT (chest) and PET scan and CT-guided FNAC (lungs) at the center on Tuesday and Wednesday. The medical reports suggest the disease is in preliminary stage and can be cured after the radiotherapy treatment, said Dr Yogi. He was scheduled to undergo a few more tests at the center on Thursday.

The PM left for New York on June 15 for further treatment at the center after earlier medical examinations conducted in Kathmandu had detected suspected white patches in one of his lungs. Koirala had earlier undergone a successful surgery on his tongue to remove the cancerous cells at the same centre some eight years ago.

According to a statement released by Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Thursday, doctors involved in Koirala’s treatment have advised him to go for radiotherapy for the treatment of the localised lesion of the lung since his chronic bronchitis does not permit a major surgery.

Radiotherapy uses radiation, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams or protons, to kill or damage cancerous cells and stop them from growing and multiplying.

The age factor and chronic bronchitis condition means there are just two alternatives remaining for PM Koirala’s treatment, said Dr Yogi. “One is to operate on the infected lung and remove cancerous cells. And the other one is the radiotherapy.”

As PM Koirala is already 74, the radiotherapy has been recommended for treatment of the pre-cancerous lesion in the lung since his chronic bronchitis does not permit a major surgery, he explained. “So we chose the second option which is relatively safe and as much effective as an operation.”  


Congress prays for PM’s swift recovery

The Nepali Congress has expressed concerns over PM Koirala’s heath and wishes for early recovery. A meeting of the party office bearers chaired by Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel at PM’s official residence extended best wishes for PM Koriala’s early recovery. During the meeting, Poudel briefed that PM Koirala will undergo radiotherapy treatment from Friday and arrangements have been made accordingly.

Published: 27-06-2014 08:35

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