A 27-year-old woman is expected to die of stage 3 colon cancer after a three-week treatment regimen that was successful at reducing her disease, according to officials.
“After successful treatment, the patient is expected to live for at least five years,” said Rishi Sharma, a junior health care specialist at a campus hospital in Minath, southern India.
Jeremy Morales, a senior official at the county’s cancer control centre, said in a statement the woman had been treated at the Sasshipl Hospital in Travancore city and died on Tuesday.
The woman was one of about 20 patients to be treated with the chemotherapy drug captopril, which was made available free of charge in India earlier this year. Every patient will have to undergo a biopsy and follow-on treatments, officials said.
India reported 232,041 new cancer deaths +1,647 deaths from the disease on Friday, more than the daily average of the previous two weeks. The national death toll is now 244,384.
Since 2012, India has been on the march of time, reporting an average of 13,000 new cases each day.