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August 23, 2017

Kulsoom among famous people suffering from cancer


August 23, 2017

LAHORE: One really hopes that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, battles the otherwise lethal throat cancer with the same resilience as her brother-in-law Shahbaz Sharif is doing since he was diagnosed from backbone cancer several years ago. 

In July 2015, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was under heavy criticism from his political foes for having spent his Eid in London and remaining missing from the scene when Lahore’s administration seemed paralyzed due to heavy rains that filled the streets and roads of Lahore with water.

In response to the criticism, Shahbaz Sharif had said in a Facebook post on July 23, 2015 that he had been suffering from backbone cancer for last several years and was thus required to visit London twice every year for treatment.  Shahbaz had asserted that he never wanted to inform the people about his problem but felt that the people deserved to know the reality.

Shahbaz Sharif said that he was diagnosed with the backbone cancer during Musharraf era when he was living in forced exile and thus had to get his treatment started in London.  One also prays and hopes that Begum Kulsoom also succeeds in defeating cancer as former American President Jimmy Carter has done despite his old age.

Research shows that President Jimmy Carter's attendance at Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017 made him the oldest former president to attend a presidential inauguration ceremony—a fact made more remarkable by his recovery from a cancer diagnosis less than two years ago.

The January 20, 2017 edition of the “Time Magazine” states: “Carter, now 92, announced in August 2015 that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He later said he thought he had just "a few weeks to live." When he began treatment, the melanoma had spread to his liver and brain. But by that December, Carter announced he was "cancer-free." In a further sign of recovery, in March 2016, Carter said his doctors had told him he no longer needed cancer treatments—which had been a combination of radiation and the new immunotherapy drug called Pembrolizumab.”

The prestigious American media house had added:” Immunotherapy, an innovative new approach to treating cancer, uses the body's immune system to fight the disease—sometimes by enhancing the immune system and sometimes by targeting specific cancer cells. When it works, it improves the body's ability to fight cancer. Carter has previously spoken about how cancer affected his family. His father died of pancreatic cancer at a young age, and many of his family members also died from the disease.”

Well-known people who were diagnosed with throat cancer: Former American President Ulysses Grant (1822-1885) had suffered from throat cancer. 

Grant was a notorious, lifelong cigar-lover. He not only smoked them but chewed them – as many as a dozen a day by his own admission.  Historians report that once the public discovered his love of cigars, he received more than 20,000 as gifts. Grant was also a heavy drinker at times.

By the time Grant sought medical help for the pain and swelling in his mouth, the cancer was untreatable. But the cocaine solution helped alleviate the pain in his throat. Former Premier of Nepal, Kunwar Inderjit Singh (1906-1982), also known as the 'Robin Hood of the Himalayas' after initiating an extensive land redistribution scheme in the early 1950s, had died of throat cancer at the age of 76.

Former British Premier, Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923), had died of throat cancer as well. He was the shortest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century (211 days in office) and is sometimes called "The Unknown Prime Minister.”

On April 16, 2015, Pakistani Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Hoti, a veteran politician and leader of Awami National Party (ANP), had passed away due to throat cancer.

Azam Hoti was the father of former chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, brother of Begum Naseem Wali Khan, the wife of Abdul Wali Khan, and brother-in-law of ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan.

Globally-acclaimed American actor, Anthony Quinn (1915-2001), had died of throat cancer too. He had starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including The Guns of Navarone, Zorba the Greek, Guns for San Sebastian and The Message etc. English musician and the lead guitarist of the world famous band “Beatles,” George Harrison (1943-2001), had also fallen victim to throat cancer.

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