It began about 6 months ago when she started to experience low-grade fevers in April 2021. The doctors treated her for COVID-19(with steroids), recurring typhoid fever, and a UTI, but the fever persisted and increased its intensity to high-grade fever. In July 2021, a fungal infection in the blood was detected, which was treated but continues to be a problem to date. After monitoring her for a month, the doctors at AIIMS asked her to undergo a PET CT scan, in which inflammation was evident in her heart. The doctors at AIIMS suggested admitting her citing the inflammation as Aortitis. She was finally admitted on 24th September and after multiple tests, she was diagnosed with Blood and Bone Marrow Cancer of category Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
There were 62% blast cells present in the bone marrow and 12% in blood at diagnosis. Further tests showed that the cancer was in a developed stage and the patient wouldn’t be able to undergo intensive chemotherapy, for her body had been suffering for 6 long months.
The doctors advised opting for non-intensive chemotherapy, which requires procurement of a drug called Venclyxto( contains Venetoclax) specifically produced for Acute Myeloid leukemia (from outside of the country) along with an injection for chemotherapy, Azacitadine (available in India)
Along with the drugs mentioned above, there are about 7-8 more medicines to prevent infections. The side effects of chemotherapy have now, for which the quantity of medicines is further increased. To support the body, she is given alternative medication of homoeopathy and Ayurveda, which is in addition to the cost of her existing treatment.
This treatment is expected to go on for at least 4-6 months. The drug Venclyxto alone costs between 3-3.25 Lac (112 tablets only) depending upon the source. To sum up all other expenses from room rent, medicines, supporting equipment like toilet seats, diapers etc., it boils down to nearly 3 Lakhs every week.
Both Mrs Vandna and her husband are retired and surviving on their pensions & savings. Their sons have begun their careers in the recent past, which would not allow them to fulfill the financial requirement to save their mother. They have already exhausted a huge chunk of their savings in the last one month, which has amounted to 12-15 Lakhs.
The family is going to face a financial shortfall soon enough and will need funds to continue her treatment. A humble request to help contribute towards the treatment, their family, would be eternally grateful.