A team of surgeons at the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center successfully conducted the first radical nephrectomy in Nepal’s Province No. 2 on June 16th, 2020. This was the first surgery of its kind in the province with a population of more than 5.5 million. The cancer hospital is supported by the Binaytara Foundation based in Issaquah, WA.
Kailash Yadav, a 60-year old man, walked through the doors of the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center on June 11, 2020, looking for answers. The last month he had been suffering from extreme abdominal discomfort and knew something was seriously wrong. Dr. Pamesh Jha, a surgical oncologist at the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center, conducted a CT scan of Mr. Yadav’s abdomen. The CT scan revealed a large cancerous mass in his left kidney. Mr. Yadav’s kidney was successfully removed, and the patient was discharged on the 7th postoperative day in stable condition. Dr. Jha said, “Radical nephrectomy was his only chance for cure. We are the only cancer hospital in province 2 of Nepal. We want to improve our capabilities to be able to provide world-class cancer care to the patients of Nepal.”
Dr. Binay Shah, a practicing oncologist and President of the Binaytara Foundation, said, “In Nepal, cancer care is still in its infancy. The cancer hospital in Janakpur is the only cancer hospital for more than 5.5 million people living in Province 2 of Nepal. Through our efforts, we hope to be able to save many lives.” The cost of major surgeries at the BTFCC is approximately $250. In comparison, the cost of radical nephrectomy in the US is more than $10,000.
Binaytara Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Issaquah, Washington. Its charitable projects include, but are not limited to, a cancer hospital in Nepal, hospice and palliative care programs in India and cancer conferences for healthcare providers and patients. For more information, visit https://binayfoundation.org