Pune man who lost ability to walk due to cancer, saved by timely intervention

A rare manifestation of small cell lung cancer caused a Pune man to lose the ability to walk. A tumour which travelled from the patient’s chest to spine was the prime reason of this. The patient was given chemotherapy and a surgery was performed to remove the tumour, which hindered the man's ability to walk

Pune man who lost ability to walk due to cancer, saved by timely intervention

  • In a rare case, small cell lung cancer affected the spine of 43 year-old man, which took his ability to walk.
  • The patient was bedridden for three months as the cancer had been spread to his spine.
  • After the removal of tumour from spine, Pune doctors performed cervical spine fixation procedure, which has made the patients recovery possible and patient is back on his feet now.
  • Doctors state that this is a rare manifestation of small cell cancer. They believe that the total number of cancer cases that are being reported only 0.1 per cent are of such manifestation.

Ramdas Wagle, who is a government servant residing in Dhule district of Maharashtra, lost ability to walk one day. “Around five months back, I remember the day when I realised that I am not able to walk. We took different treatments at different hospitals but no one could diagnose the true cause. I was bed bedridden for three months and could not walk. I had developed bedsores all over the body,” said Wagle.

Dr Shailesh Hadgaonkar, consultant orthopaedic spine surgeon at Sancheti Hospital, Pune, said, “When we did biopsy, we diagnosed that the patient had been suffering from small cell lung cancer and his cancer has shown a rare manifestation. It has travelled from his chest to spine.”

Dr Minish Jain, senior oncologist from Ruby Hall Clinic Pune, said, “Cases of small cell with spinal tumour are not very routinely seen. The complexity of the tumour also varies form case to case. We gave chemotherapy to the patient. The timely treatment has saved the patient. Otherwise in such cases mortality is also high.”

As the cancer was present in the spine, the patient was not able to walk. While explaining the operative part, Hadgaonkar said, “We had to deal with cervical spine dislocation first. For that we first reduced the ferret dislocation and then cervical spine stabilisation. Both these things we did simultaneously and it was a challenging surgery for the team.”

Post two months of the surgery, the patient who had lost ability to walk has started walking again with the use of a walker.