Young Medical Graduate Overcomes Tongue Cancer, Embarks on Oncology Career Journey

2 Months Post-Surgery, Patient Returns To Normal Life After Wide-Glossectomy With Microvascular Reconstruction

Nashik, April 30: A resident of Dhule, 25-year-old medical graduate – Dr Harshita recently marked a significant milestone in her journey as she triumphed over tongue cancer and is now gearing up to specialize in oncology, showcasing the resilience and determination of cancer survivors. Having recently completed her internship and on the verge of pursuing a super PG NEET examination to specialize in dermatology, Dr Harshita encountered a surprising turn of events. Despite her youth and absence of common risk factors like tobacco use, she discovered a persistent ulcer on her tongue. What seemed like a minor issue at first turned out to be a diagnosis of tongue cancer after a biopsy at HCG Manavata Cancer Centre (HCGMCC) conducted last October.

“Harshita’s concerns extended beyond the health implications of cancer. The prospect of potential disfigurement post-surgery weighed heavily on her, especially considering her focus on completing her education and pursuing a career in medicine. However, with her sheer grit and resilience, and the guidance and assurance from our team, she underwent a wide-glossectomy with microvascular reconstruction a few days post the biopsy, addressing neck dissection as well,” says Dr Raj Nagarkar, Managing Director & Chief of Surgical Oncology & Robotic Services, HCG Manavata Cancer Centre (HCGMCC) & Hospitals.

Post-surgery, Dr Harshita’s journey continued with radiation and chemotherapy to combat her node-positive disease. Two months after completing her treatment, her scans revealed normal results, indicating a positive trajectory in her recovery journey.

“Returning to her regular duties and with renewed vigour, Dr Harshita surprised everyone by sharing her new career aspiration during a follow-up session at the hospital. She expressed her desire to specialize in oncology, inspired by her personal experience and the support she received during her cancer treatment. Her story serves as a beacon of hope and spirit, showcasing that despite the challenges posed by cancer, there is always a silver lining. Her determination to not only overcome cancer but also to embark on a career path aimed at helping others battling the disease highlights the indomitable spirit of cancer survivors,” concludes Dr Nagarkar.

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