A Nigerian woman has been cured of a rare form of cancer in a hospital
in India after suffering for years without cure.
Abubakar had allegedly been misdiagnosed with breast cancer in Nigeria but when she did not recover after three years of
receiving treatment in Nigeria, she travelled to India where she was
diagnosed of Skin cancer.
Amina was first diagnosed in Nigeria in
2014. She began receiving treatment and was bed ridden but there was no
improvement. Amina, a final year medical student, was advised by a
local doctor to travel to India and seek help. She travelled to
Bengaluru in India and was properly diagnosed of having a rare skin
cancer on the breast, Bangalore Mirror reports.
her condition, Amina said,
“I found a lump on the left breast in
November 2014 and then was diagnosed as chronic mastitis in local
hospital in Nigeria. I have suffered wong diagnosis and lack of treatment
for years. I was physically and mentally broken and was unable to deal
with the pain and the foul smell that comes with cancer.”
adds, “My family and I got very anxious about this situation and on the
recommendation of a local doctor decided to visit Dr Anthony Pais at
Cytecare for treatment.”
“Skin cancer on the breast and
infiltrating it is the rarest of the rare cancers in the world. This was
the first treatment for a rare form of skin cancer – Syringocystadeno
carcinoma paplliferum, which was diagnosed and treated in the world. It
is one such case where the right diagnosis was the game-changer in the
treatment of the disease,” claimed Dr Anthony Pais.
“There are two types of skin cancer – melanoma and non-melanoma, most
of them being non-melanoma. Among all the non-melanoma skin cancers, 75%
of them are basal cell cancers; 20% of them are squamous cell cancers
and about 2% of them being adnexal skin tumours. Most of these adnexal
tumours are benign. The rarity of this adnexal skin cancer involving the
breast is the rarest of the rare cancer. In this case, the problem
started with the wart and with a birthmark close by, which is
technically called a nevus. This grew over a period of time.”
Amina is expected to return to Nigeria on Saturday and will continue a follow-up at a Nigerian hospital for about two more months.