BENGALURU, July 14, 2016
Colorectal cancer till date was considered as a disease of western countries. Around 60% of the patients belonged to the developed countries, with the disease becoming the 4th common cause of death worldwide.
A new study conducted in 2013 has some surprises for the Indian Oncology fraternity. Rectal cancer has been reported from most part of the country, with Thiruvananthapuram reporting the highest number of rectal cancer cases. Bengaluru and Mumbai
are close behind.
"Rectal cancer has always been associated with lifestyle and dietary habit. The incidence of rectal cancer in India till date was comparatively lower than the western countries. But the trend is changing, thanks to the modern lifestyle andthe changed eating habits. I have been seeing increased number of cases of rectal cancer here in India. Sadly, there is a lack of awareness on rectal cancer and its treatment,"
explains Dr Sandeep Nayak
, an expert in robotic and laparoscopic surgery in cancer.
Rectal cancer can be easily missed in its early stage due to confusion about its symptoms. The most common symptom is blood in stool and discomfort while and after passing motion. Even the medical practitioners confuse these symptoms with piles (hemorrhoids) and other bowel-related common problems. Only when the disease has advanced considerably, the patient might experience some of the other symptoms of rectal cancer. Unexplained weight loss, tiredness, chronic constipation, diarrhea, persistent abdominal pains are the warning signs. These signs are such common health issues that one would not consider it worth a medical consultation. It is advisable to undergo colonoscopy test for all patients even when piles is suspected to be the cause for bleeding.
Regular screening is must for individual who are at a high risk of rectal cancer. These would be people above the age of 50 and those with strong family history of colon and rectal cancer. A simple test of stool (feces) done once a year or a colonoscopy done once in 10 years is sufficient for most people. It would detect any abnormalities in the rectum and avoid late diagnosis. An early diagnosis is a key to beating rectal cancer. Catching the disease in its earliest forms ensures that the individual has more time and treatment options at hand. The treatment of early cancer is much simpler.
Several studies so far have supported the fact that minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic) is a better treatment option for rectal cancer than the invasive open surgery. Rectal cancer are usually treated with surgery supported by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Laparoscopic surgery has become a boon for patients to undergo surgery without experiencing unnecessary pain, trauma, blood loss, complications and recovering faster with fewer scars.
Dr. Nayak agrees with these findings. "Laparoscopic surgery is more effective and efficient when it comes to treating rectal cancer. It is very tough to reach up to the rectum, the last part of the digestive system through the abdominalopening. Robot further eases the surgeons' work in cancers located low down in the rectum, as a result giving the patient a better quality of life after surgery. Major open surgery has major repercussion too. This is not so with thelaparoscopic and robotic surgery. I must say that this also gives the best possible cure rate."
If you have been diagnosed with rectal cancer and a surgery is on the card, consult an experienced laparoscopic and robotic cancer surgeon for better treatment options than conventional open surgery.
About MACS Clinic
MACS Clinic has carved out its name in the laparoscopic and robotic cancer surgery. A dedicated clinic with a team of doctors specializing in cancer treatment has become one of the most sought after name in cancer care. Led by Dr Sandeep Nayak
, an expert in robotic and laparoscopic surgery in cancer. He is associated with the world famous, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru as a teaching faculty.
The team has Dr Suresh Babu
, renowned medical oncologist and Dr Anil Kumar, specialist in radiation oncologist.
For more details, logon to http://www.macsforcancer.com/.