Jayant Kandoi, Who Fought with Cancer 6 Times & Didn’t Give Up ‘Hope’

This World Cancer Day Meet Jayant Kandoi and know his journey from an ordinary teen to a cancer warrior

World Cancer Day: A 15-year old teen is usually filled with aspirations, dreams, and enthusiasm and looks forward to live life to the fullest. It’s hard to imagine what would happen if one gets stricken with catastrophic news that they have cancer. Maybe their whole life would seem to blur. Something similar happened to Jayant Kandoi, not once, not twice, but six times.

The journey of a boy from an ordinary teen to a cancer warrior

Jayant Kandoi of Ajmer, Rajasthan, was like any other teenage boy, but he saw his world getting upside down when he got this shocking news about himself. At age 15, when every student is worried about future, Jayant was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. The first time, the disease appeared as a lump on Jayant’s neck.  

“In 2013, when I was in class 10th, I discovered that I was suffering from cancer. The doctors recommended Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology to determine cancer. The test turned out to be positive, and I underwent 12 chemotherapy sessions”, said the proud cancer warrior.

On 12 January 2014, Kandoi’s treatment was successful, and he won the battle against cancer. His parents were also relieved that their child was saved from cancer’s evil eye. But little did they know that this disease would return soon.  

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Since February 2015, Jayant has had 5 relapses of Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, till now. In November 2020, cancer struck his pancreas.

Every time Jayant won the battle against this formidable disease, he also attained top ranks throughout his academic career. 

Jayant said, “My parents were very supportive in all these years. Fortunately, I got the right information at the right time. This helped me reach treatment on time. My family consulted oncologists from all corners of the country”.

His parents’ worry soared to an extreme level every time he was hit by cancer. On the other hand, Jayant always believed that he would win this new war against cancer. This journey involves excruciating pain, numerous tests, medicines, many chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions with lots of uncertainties.  

In his last relapse treatment, Kandoi underwent a bone marrow transplant in April 2021. He even documented this journey with all smiling pictures. He weighs not more than 36 kilos now.

“I clicked over 13000 pictures to capture every moment of my life. I counted every day with a probability that it could be my last day, even if it was an outing with my friends or a stay in the hospital”, said Jayant while recalling every moment. 

वो देने वाला भी सब कुछ देगा, एक बार उससे मांगों तो सही,

अभी तो बहुत खूबसूरत सफर बाकी है, Ek baar Zindagi ko jio to sahi!!

– Jayant Kandoi

Achieving New Heights

At 19, he set up an NGO that works for cancer patients. Over this time, Jayant Kandoi became an inspiration for many and emerged as a fighter. He has become a motivational speaker and is recognized as a chronic illness influencer by many. 

Jayant Kandoi takes immense pride in being the only person in India who has beaten cancer 6 times in 9 years.

Sometimes it becomes challenging for many cancer patients to beat it even once. But Jayant Kandoi managed to survive solely because of his willpower. He says that he is not worried about whether he will get married or be able to fulfil his dreams. 

Jayant Kandoi idolizes Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the social media platform Facebook. He has also launched two start-ups. 

He is also fond of writing poems and shayaris. He has also written three books. 

We wish Jayant a great future ahead filled with good health. 

More power to you, Jayant!

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In her journey to become a journalist, Ayushi can inculcate your tale through her news writings. You may find her with a mike in protests, rallies, or in museums. So what's your story?
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