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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY BOON FOR CANCER TREATMENT AT SUM HOSPITAL

Bhubaneswar, June 9: Cancers start slowly and progress over time. They usually don’t cause any problem and show any symptoms initially. When the symptoms show, the problem is usually advanced with very few options available to treat the same.

It gives rise to the question: Can the cancer be diagnosed at the early stage and is 100 per cent cure possible? Yes, modern technology is making it possible, say experts.

With advancement of technology, it is now possible to identify micro changes in the tissue and cells when the cancer is at a very early stage. It can be completely cured, even without surgery, says Dr. Pankaj N. Desai, a nationally known Gastroenterologist from Sids Hospital, Surat.

The new technology which include Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) and High Resolution Endoscopy make it possible to see the cell structure and micro and macro blood vessels inside and beneath the cell and diagnose the cancer at a early stage when it is localized and has not spread to other parts of the body. NBI uses a narrow spectrum of white light, magnifying the image to see the micro changes and easily diagnose cancer, Dr. Desai said while addressing a news conference here on Saturday.

Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) is another technology which makes it possible to completely treat the cancer endoscopically without resorting to open surgery. ESD is the endoscopic surgical technique done from inside through the normal opening. “The surgeries are extremely cost effective, done safely without any requirement of blood and the patient can be discharged from hospital the next day,” he said.

Dr. Desai is here as the Resource Person at a two-day workshop being held at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, faculty of medicine of the SOA (Deemed to be University) here from Saturday. “This training will greatly benefit the surgeons of Odisha in conducting the procedures,” he said.

Dr. Manoj Kumar Sahu, Head of the department of Gastroenterology at the IMS and SUM Hospital, who was present, said facilities for NBI and ESD were available in his department and the procedures were being done successfully. The patients who had undergone the procedures after being detected with cancer at an early stage, were having no problem, he said.

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