On this Women’s Day, popular actress Hamsa Nandini, who was seen in notable cameos in Eega and Mirchi, revealed her heart-wrenching yet inspirational journey as she fought breast cancer. Hamsa Nandini revealed that she was diagnosed with grade 3 Carcinoma in July 2020, just when she resumed shooting for a movie after lockdown. Incidentally, her mother had also battled breast cancer 18 years ago and lost her fight unfortuantely.
Hamsa revealed that the ghosts of her past, fear, confusion, and anxiety everything visited her once again upon being diagnosed with breast cancer. After several scans and tests, she underwent a surgery for tumour removal and also braved 16 cycles of chemotherapy that were needed even though there was no spread of cancer.
When she assumed that the worst was over, the relief was only short-lived, as she had tested positive for BRCA1 (Hereditary Breast Cancer), a genetic mutation that almost guaranteed a 70 percent possibility of another breast cancer throughout her life. The only way to subside the risk was to undergo some very invasive prophylactic surgeries, and she underwent the same last year.
Hamsa remained strong throughout this difficult journey and made a few promises to herself, including not letting the disease define her life, fighting it with a smile, getting back on screen stronger, and telling her story to educate and inspire others. She attributes her healthy state to 3 main factors: Early diagnosis, a supportive network of competent doctors and her family, and a positive mindset.
On the movies front, Hamsa was back on the set to shoot for a film in November last year. She currently has multiple projects lined up and is eagerly looking forward to being back on the big screen soon. Hamsa’s courageous battle against breast cancer has even earned her the nicknames ‘Warrior’ & ‘Fighter’ amongst her fans and on the set.
Hamsa will soon launch ‘Yamini Cancer Foundation’, which is named after her late mother. Through this foundation, she will dedicate herself to educating everyone about early diagnosis through self-checkups, regular mammography, and genetic testing. She also aims to make all the information about all aspects of breast cancer management and treatment easily accessible to people across India.
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