A 6-year-old boy suffers from a rare Wilms’ tumour

I want to go to school. I want to play. I want to grow up and be successful in life, are the words of a six-year-old boy, Pratyay, who is suffering from a rare kidney cancer. Pratyay has Wilms' tumor (also called Wilms’ tumor or nephroblastoma) is a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys. It is the most common type of kidney cancer that primarily affects children

Dad, I do not want to die

Pratyay Chaudhary, a resident from the adhivasi area of Gadchiroli district,  is bed ridden, since last two years. The tumour in his stomach is growing and his family is going an extra mile for the survival of their son.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Pratyay’s father Gurudas Chaudhary said, “In January 2015, suddenly, Partyay suffered from stomach ache.  Resident doctors of Gadchiroli treated him. Unfortunately, his Abdominal CT scan revealed that he had Wilms’ tumour. The tumour was near kidney, so his one kidney was removed by performing a surgery.

He added, “Since two years, Pratyay is surviving on his one kidney. He was taking treatment at hospital in Gadchiroli’s for his cancerous tumour. He was given chemotherapy but the tumour in the stomach is increasing at rapid rate.”

Pratyay’s father is a teacher in Zilha Parishad’s school and since last two-three years, Rupees six lakhs have been spent on Pratyay’s treatment, while two to three thousand are spent in a day. But, his father is ready to do anything for Partyay’s survival.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Anshudeep Dodke, medicine department, LTGM Sion Hospital said, “Pratyay Chaudhray’s case had come to me. Personally, I haven’t seen him but his reports confirm that he has a kidney cancer and the tumour has spread in the stomach.”

He further said, “I spoke about Pratyay to Dr Anand Pathak, from Nagpur, who is treating him currently.  According to him, Pratyay’s one kidney has been removed due to the tumour.  But now, the tumour has spread in his stomach and affecting the other organs. Due to which, it is difficult to treat him.  Even chemotherapy won’t work said the doctor. This kid needs help so that he can survive and live a life he and his parents have dreamt off.”

Dr Rajesh Dikshit, who heads the epidemiology department of Tata Memorial hospital said, “Don’t get frighten of the disease, it is treatable.

Pratyay’s father is making ends meet to give a new lease of life to him. According to Pratyay’s  father’s friend Suresh Shende, “Pratyay’s father is trying to do whatever he can to make treatment available for his ailing son.”

What is wilms’ tumour?

Wilms’ tumour (also called Wilms’ tumour or nephroblastoma) is a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys. It is the most common type of kidney cancer in children.

Symptoms:

Abdominal swelling

Abdominal pain

Other signs and symptoms may include:

Fever

Blood in the urine

Nausea or vomiting or both