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Apollo Proton Cancer Centre Successfully Conducted Rectal Cancer Surgery

Dr. Ajit Pai, Senior Consultant, Lead GI Surgical Oncology, Apollo Proton Cancer Centre.jp

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC), the first Proton Therapy Centre in South Asia & the Middle East, conducted the first surgery using the ‘Robotic Stapler’ on a woman from Bangladesh for rectal cancer. The 55-year-old woman Radhika (name changed) with low rectal cancer visited Apollo Proton Cancer Centre in March 2021. She was diagnosed with locally advanced rectal cancer and received chemotherapy with radiotherapy to shrink cancer. Sharing his thoughts on performing the ground-breaking surgery, Dr Ajit Pai, Senior Consultant & Lead GI Surgical Oncology, Apollo Proton Cancer Centre, said that he has been performing surgery for rectal cancers for close to 20 years in all its iterations- open, laparoscopic and now robot-assisted. Division of the rectum low enough to remove cancer and high enough to preserve the sphincter function has always been a challenge. This stapler significantly added to the quality and ease of the operation in this patient from Bangladesh, apart from reducing the operative time.  He was very excited to be the first to use this technology, which is a game-changer. Their team at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre is committed to providing patients with an exceptional experience using the best of technology. The patient was re-evaluated in June 2021. Since the tumour had shrunk considerably with the previous treatment, the patient was counselled to undergo a robot-assisted surgical procedure, known as a low anterior resection. In this procedure, the rectum is divided below the tumour using a device called a stapler. This division is the critical part of the procedure, as the rectum has to be divided in a straight line and at an adequate distance from cancer. Traditionally, laparoscopic staplers are used for the procedure. Usually, they are cumbersome for surgeons to use as they do not transect in a straight line. For the first time in India and at APCC the robotic stapler known as SureForm was used to seamlessly complete the procedure, with secure division of the rectum.

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Report : Anustup Kundu