McLeod Physicians First in South Carolina to Perform New Treatment for Colon Cancer

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Cancer News
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Advanced Endoscopic physicians from the McLeod Digestive Health Center successfully performed the first colon cancer removal procedure of its kind in South Carolina.

FLORENCE, S.C., Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Advanced Endoscopic physicians from the McLeod Digestive Health Center

successfully performed the first colon cancer removal procedure of its kind in South Carolina.

The procedure is known as the Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection (EFTR) and is primarily used to remove large polyps and early tumors in the colon in a minimally invasive manner using a specialized endoscope.

McLeod advanced interventional gastroenterologists Dr. Veeral Oza and Dr. Davinderbir Pannu performed the procedure utilizing the full-thickness resection device (FTRD). The device allows for tumors, both benign and cancerous, which may be deeper in the GI wall to be safely removed in an outpatient setting, potentially avoiding the need for an invasive surgery. This results in shorter treatment time and a faster recovery.

"Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women in South Carolina," said Dr. Veeral Oza. "This is a promising procedure that will revolutionize the way we prevent and treat this deadly disease in this state and beyond."

According to DHEC, men are 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed and 46 percent more likely to die from the disease than women.

The McLeod Digestive Health Center is comprised of specially trained physicians, called gastroenterologists, who utilize the most innovate tools and techniques to diagnose and treat a range of gastrointestinal issues facing residents of North and South Carolina. The McLeod Digestive Health team treats conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

For more information about this procedure contact the McLeod Digestive Health Center at (843) 777-7166 or visit

About McLeod Health Recognized nationally for its quality initiatives and methodology, McLeod Health has a leading regional presence in Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina and a reputation for dedication to its patients and their families. McLeod is constantly seeking to improve its patient care with efforts that are physician led, data-driven and evidence-based. The 15-county area McLeod serves, from the midlands to the coast, has a population of more than one million including those who live in Southeastern North Carolina.

Founded in 1906, McLeod Health is a locally owned and managed, not-for-profit organization, supported by the strength of more than 750 members on the medical staff and more than 2,000 registered nurses. In addition to its modern facilities, premier technology and equipment, McLeod is dedicated to improving the health of the residents of those communities it serves. McLeod Health is composed of more than 8,200 employees and approximately 90 physician practices throughout the 15 counties in the McLeod Health service area. With seven hospitals, McLeod Health also operates three Health and Fitness Centers, a Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, a Behavioral Health Center, Hospice, and Home Health Services. The hospitals within McLeod Health include: McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Darlington, McLeod Dillon, McLeod Loris, McLeod Seacoast, McLeod Health Cheraw and McLeod Health Clarendon.


SOURCE McLeod Health

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