53-yr-old shows that even that even the most aggressive form of cancer can be conquered

Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain. With an incidence rate of three in one lakh cases, it is a very rare cancer. The survival rate after five years of its occurrence is even rarer

Hemant Gaikwad with his wife Anita
Hemant Gaikwad with his wife Anita

A 53-year-old man from Pune, not only fought successfully with the disease, but is living a normal life. Even after five years of him getting diagnosed with cancer, he is walking on a treadmill for 8 kms daily and regularly attending his job in one of the auto companies in Pune.

When doctors say that it’s a rare case, healthy eating, strong will power, and regular exercise have kept him fit.

Hemant Gaikwad started having a headache in October 2014. Then all of a sudden, one day, he started vomiting heavily. The quick tests done by the doctors revealed that he is having the most aggressive cancer of the brain.

He was operated on an immediate basis and he started with his chemotherapy subsequently. Doctors were not very hopeful about him.

“When I was operated for the first time, I could not even recognize my wife for a few days. For many days, I was not told that I am suffering from cancer. When I got to know about it I thought that I only have two options, either I give up or I show a strong will power and persistent efforts to follow what doctors say. I chose the latter and that made all the difference,” said Hemant.

He has undergone oral chemotherapy after every 45 days for six months, and another oral chemotherapy for every 21 days for another six months.

He added, “I work in an auto company in Akurdi. I did not stop my work. Just during the chemotherapy, I would take a day off. Every day, I rode my motorcycle and walk for around 8 kms. I regularly go to the gym and do yoga. I eat homemade food only.”

Anita Gaikwad, his wife, said, “I always used to cook fresh food for him. For these five years, we ensured that he gets good sleep, healthy food, and time for his fitness. Every day he takes buttermilk to avoid the generation of heat in his body. Also, he has at least one fruit a day.”

“My wife, family members, and doctors have supported me a lot in the entire journey. I think, a strong will to fight the disease is must to win fight against cancer. It is not just medicines that help, but your mindset is also important,” he added.

Dr Minish Jain, an oncologist from Pune, who is treating him, said, “No disease should be bigger than you, and where there is a will there is a way. Medicines will help you, but your mindset and will power will help you in a great way to fight back with the disease. His case is a rare case of recovery, and also he is leading a normal life. A strong will to fight the disease helps you live a healthy life.”