While the entire country hopes and prays for India cricket stalwart Yuvraj Singh's recovery, it is satisfying to hear from a reputed medical personality that the star cricketer is being treated by the best in business.
Dr J G Lalmalani, considered one of India's leading urologists, said, "I have had some patients treated by Dr Lawrence Einhorn. The results of chemotherapy are excellent life long. The downside is the many side effects."
"Finally the hair has gone," Yuvraj Singh posted on his Twitter page on Friday. Hair loss (alopecia) due to chemotherapy is one of the most distressing side effects of chemo treatments. Hair loss happens because the chemotherapy affects all cells in the body, not just the cancer cells. (See Pics)
However, Dr Lalmalani said: "Usually the tumour starts from the testicles and spreads to the lymph nodes, lungs and needs removal of the testicle, chemotherapy and sometimes also surgery and radiation for the lymph nodes."
"If this is part of the testicular cancer causing metastasis in the lungs, Dr Einhorn is the best guy," Dr Lalmalani added. It can be noted that on October 2, 1996, then aged 25, Lance Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist, who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, was diagnosed as having developed Stage Three testicular cancer (Embryonal carcinoma). The cancer spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain.
Interestingly, Dr Lalmalani's few patients have been cured by Dr Einhorn, who was in the medical team that successfully treated Armstrong. Dr Einhorn has created a major program in clinical investigation and is credited with major advances in the curative treatment of this cancer, most notably in the clinical use of platinum-based chemotherapy. "The drug is called cisplatinum and is very effective," Dr Lalmalani confirmed.
Story first published on: Saturday, 11 February 2012 12:13 IST