The year 2019 marks the third year of the
launch of the ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign.
‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering callto-action urging for personal commitment
and represents the power of individual
action taken now to impact the future, and
as we arrive at yet another day dedicated
to raising awareness about Cancer, our
approach should be more solution oriented
rather than just remorsing about the
huge Cancer figures. The figures, over
the years, are rising alarmingly, and
this is happening because people don’t
give importance to early diagnosis and
screening of Cancer due to the stigma
and the myths associated with the word
‘Cancer’. And when they do, many a
times, they aren’t aware of the multiple
treatment options available mainly due to
socio-economic conditions, poor education
and lack of awareness. Cancer treatment is
a multidisciplinary approach consisting of
Surgical, Medical and Radiation Oncology.
Robotic Surgery: This new technology
has come as a boon for Cancer patients. In
minimally invasive techniques of surgery
of which Robotics is the latest and the
most advanced, surgeons can operate
with greater control, precision and vision.
It provides a magnified, 3-D view of the
surgical site and helps the surgeons
operate with utmost surgical precision,
flexibility and control, allowing them to
perform safe and less invasive procedures
with improved outcomes.
We have treated several cases where the
patient underwent Robotic Left Lower
Lobectomy with Mediastinal Lymph
Node Surgery under general anaesthesia.
Due to excellent magnification and 3D
view under minimally invasive surgery
techniques, their tumuors were removed
with relatively much less blood loss
intraoperatively and at the same time with
minimal handling and conservation of the
normal lung tissues which translates into
faster recovery and better post-operative
outcomes with minimal morbidity. The
same principles and benefits apply to every
Robotic Surgery be it Head and Neck,
Thorax, GI, Uro or Gynaec Cancers.
During Robot-assisted Surgery, surgeons
operate from a console equipped with two
master arms that manoeuvre the four
robotic arms working at the patient site.
By viewing a high-definition 3-D image on
the console, the surgeon is able to perform
the surgical procedure precisely than ever
before. Computer software takes the place
of actual hand movements and can make
movements very smooth, omitting the
chances of human errors.
Chemotherapy (HIPEC): HIPEC is an
advanced surgical technique of delivering
the Chemotherapy inside the peritoneum
/abdomen during the Cytoreductive
Surgery and finds application in Ovarian,
GI and other peritoneal malignancies.
It helps improve survival and outcomes,
especially in recurrent Cancers
Conservation of Organs: Another
breakthrough technique in the treatment of
Cancer is “Limb Salvage Surgery” performed
to treat bone and soft-tissue Cancers in limbs
to evade amputation. This organ conservation
treatment involves the multidisciplinary
approach and helps to retain the cosmesis
and function of affected limbs without
compromising on oncologic safety.