Radiotherapy to begin Wednesday

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Radiotherapy to begin Wednesday

Jun 27, 2014-

Doctors at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, where Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is undergoing treatment for lung cancer, have planned

the first bout of radiotherapy on July 2.

Earlier, a statement issued by Nepal’s Permanent Mission to United Nations

in New York had said the radiotherapy session would begin on Friday.

Koirala’s personal physician Dr Karbir Nath Yogi had confirmed on Thursday that the PM has been diagnosed with one cancerous lesion in his lupus, the upper right part of the lungs. The size of the lesion is said to be 2.2 centimetres.

Medical reports after a slew of tests Koirala had undergone on Tuesday and Wednesday suggest the disease is in a preliminary stage and can be cured after radiotherapy. The doctors chose radiotherapy as there is a high risk in surgically removing his lesion given Koirala’s age-74—and chronic bronchitis that does not go well with a major surgery.

The first bout of radiotherapy will begin on Wednesday and the PM will receive at least five sessions continuously, Dr Yogi said on the phone from New York. He added that the PM is having cough and mild fever.

Dr Yogi also ruled out the possibility of a connection between the PM’s eight-year-old tongue cancer, for which he is under medication, and the newly diagnosed case.

“The first radiotherapy will show whether his health supports such treatment on a daily basis or it should be administered at an interval,” the doctor said. Doctors are said to have recommended “high dose” of radiotherapy.

If the PM responds well, doctors will apply it on a daily basis to complete radiotherapy treatment within 15 days. Otherwise, treatment may take longer, requiring Koirala to stay on in New York for the period.


Published: 28-06-2014 08:44

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