A 37-year-old Nigerian woman, Amina Abubakar, has been cured of a rare form of skin cancer after she received treatment at a hospital in Bengaluru, India.
According to doctors, the skin cancer known as syringocystadeno carcinoma paplliferum is the first of its kind to be diagnosed and treated in the world.
It was gathered that the woman had a 5kg tumour on her left breast before it was removed by doctors at the Indian hospital.
In November, 2014, she was first diagnosed in Nigeria where she was told that she has a chronic mastitis another form of breast cancer.
She was given antibiotics to treat the cancer but there was no change to her condition. It was later discovered that she had papillary carcinoma after which she underwent surgery.
According to Abubakar, she and her family decided to visit Dr Anthony Pais in Bengaluru since they could not find a treatment for the rare disease.
Dr Anthony Pais said: “Skin cancer on the breast and infiltrating it is the rarest of the rare cancers in the world. This was the first treatment for a rare form of skin cancer – Syringocystadeno carcinoma paplliferum, which was diagnosed and treated in the world. It is one such case where the right diagnosis was the game-changer in the treatment of the disease.”
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Abubakar who would be heading back to Nigeria on Saturday, June 24, would continue a follow-up at a local hospital for a few months.
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