Meet 38-year-old Taslim Cyclewala, who is disease free since last three years now, after she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013. She has seen its recurrence twice after she was first diagnosed with it in 2013.
“I was determined to fight cancer. And i know that it is always an individual fight. Family and doctors play a secondary role, and it is the cancer patient who will have to be proactive in fighting against it,” said 38 year old Taslim Cyclewala, who is disease free since last three years now, after she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013. She has seen its recurrence twice after she was first diagnosed with it in 2013.
Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV) is breast cancer that spreads to another part of the body, most commonly the liver, brain, bones, or lungs. Just after a year, the tests results showed that in 2014 Taslim’s breast cancer had spread to seven different body parts. “I took 12 chemotherapies in one of the hospitals in Mumbai in 2013. When there was recurrence I took another 6 chemotherapies.” She said.
Taslim comes from a small town Neemach in Madhya Pradesh state. After recurrence for second time she started taking treatment in Pune. “I used to think only if I remain positive and take effort for myself will I be able to live longer,” she added.
“My husband works in Kuwait. My parents stay in Pune, so it was convenient for me to take treatment in Pune. I used to come with my one year old daughter twice every month when i was taking chemotherapy in Pune.” She said.
“She overcame her disease thrice. Such cases require good mental fitness by patient. Such patients who give persistent fight are real life heroes,” said Dr Minish Jain, oncologist at Ruby Hall Clinic who treated her. Her recent six monthly tests shows that she is disease free for last three years now.
“For the second and third time, the recurrence took more time than the earlier one. Usually, it takes less time. Defying logic was miracle in this case. Her liver cancer was at fourth stage and it had spread to many other organs in second stage. But still she was persistent in her fight. Doctors persist only when patients want to persist. And when both persist then only the fight becomes successful.” He said.
Dr Shona Nag, Director Oncology, Sahayadri Group of Hospital says: “The motivation to live when you have young children is very strong. There are women that have metastatic breast cancer and live for many years. Some with repeated and frequent relapses. Others with a slower pace of disease. In both situations willpower and courage is very important. Family support also counts a lot.”