A Queensland man is in a critical condition after being diagnosed with a brain cancer that will keep him in a vegetative state for up to two years.
Key points:Raju V. is the first person in Queensland to have a brain tumour confirmed as cancerThe man, who was a teenager at the time, was a keen rugby playerHe has been in a hospital for two weeks with a tumour on his brainThe condition is believed to be a brain tumor but the man’s condition is unknown and he is in intensive care at a Queensland hospital.
Rajut V. had undergone an MRI scan two weeks ago and doctors had determined that he was a rare form of cancer called a glioblastoma.
It’s not known how long he will be in a coma but doctors believe it will not be long.
“The only difference between the two types of cancer is that the cancer is spread by a tumor, not just by the tumor itself,” Professor David Cushnahan, director of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, told news.com, “So the only thing that’s worse than getting sick is not being able to move.”
Dr Cushnnahan said the condition had been diagnosed after a “preliminary scan” in the Queensland hospital where he was being treated.
“He was diagnosed with glioma a little while ago, so he had a scan and he was diagnosed on the same day, which is pretty normal,” Dr Cushunnahan said.
“It’s very unusual, the only other one that’s in Queensland that has been identified as a glial tumour is the one that occurred in my father, so it’s quite a rarity.”
We have been pretty fortunate.
“The diagnosis has also left Raju V in a very critical condition and it’s believed he has about two years to live.
He has had chemotherapy, radiation, a bone marrow transplant and radiotherapy to treat the tumor.”
In some ways he’s a little lucky, in other ways he has to be very careful, he’s had a tumours on his spine and he has had two other tumours, so that’s quite unusual,” Dr Stephen Leach, the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Cancer Society, told News Breakfast.”
I would have to say that we’re lucky he’s alive.”‘
We’ll get to the bottom of it’While the exact cause of the tumor remains unknown, Dr Leach said the cancer was probably caused by a virus or bacteria.”
To be honest, it could have been caused by an opportunistic virus or it could be caused by something else, so we’ll get the final answer out of him in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
Mr V’s father, who has not been named, had the tumor removed when he was 15 and it had spread to his brain.”
His condition is stable, but he’s in a really serious condition, and we don’t know what the course of his cancer will be,” Dr Leak said.
He said Raju was an avid rugby player and loved the game of rugby.”
Rajus is a wonderful kid, he loves rugby,” Dr Latch said.
Professor Cushnan said the man was a well-liked member of the community and was a family man.”
There’s a lot of things he enjoys, and a lot is behind him, so hopefully he can continue to do that and enjoy the rest of his life,” he told news, “He’s going to be an amazing dad to his kids.””
It just makes you want to get up and go to work and do something.
It’s just really important we get the answer to this question and get it right so that Raju can get back to work as soon as possible.