INDORE: A pregnant woman suffering from cancer and the foetus got a new treatment protocol after recommendation of by Multidisciplinary Tumour Board (MTB) of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College — a move that was not possible four months back till the board was constituted on October 17 last year.
After setting up of the board following international protocol to treat cancer patients, it became first medical college in state to have it at a government cancer treatment facility. The patient was among many, who have received specialised attention after their cases were heard by tumour board.
The woman, a resident of Indore, was suffering from a sarcoma of 25cm length and was unable to walk or even stand on her legs. Because of her pregnancy, doctors were unable to treat her with chemotherapy or any traditional ways of treating cancer.
The board after examining her advised for palliative therapy by prescribing symptomatic medicine, which are drugs used to relieve symptoms associated with pain to avoid any harm during pregnancy, said Dr Ghanghoriya.
Since its constitution, the tumour board recommended line of treatment for 57 rare cases of cancer during its weekly meeting, which happens every Thursday, said Ghanghoriya. Ghanghoriya said, “Clinical cases, including laboratory, imaging, and pathology findings are presented before members, who after discussion recommend line of treatment for patients.-Times Of India