A 27-year-old medical student, diagnosed with colon cancer, successfully underwent a laparoscopic surgery at a hospital in New Delhi, India.
Love Bhushan initially witnessed blood in his stool which compelled him to undergo some blood tests. An endoscopic examination revealed that he had a tumor in his rectum. It was later confirmed to be a cancerous tumor, also known as colon cancer.
"I ignored it initially. But later when the bleeding persisted I told a colleague who insisted I undergo some tests for the same," said Bhushan, who comes from a family of doctors.
A team of doctors led by V.P. Bhalla, senior consultant, GI Cancer Surgeon and Director, BL Kapoor Center of Digestive and Liver diseases, operated upon Bhushan and removed the cancerous rectum.
"During the surgery the big painful incisions on abdomen were totally avoided and subsequently had chemotherapy to consolidate the gains of the surgery," said Bhalla in a statement after the surgery.
However, complications recurred when he again developed cancerous tumors in the remaining part of his colon or the large bowel. He again underwent the laprascopic surgery.
Bhalla said: "Even after the removal of the entire colon, he is leading a near normal life now."
Though Bhushan's health complication was cured but, Bhalla said, with extensive surveillance, early detection and prompt treatment colon and rectum cancer could be treated effectively.
"It is believed that a healthy lifestyle, maintaining ideal body weight and a high fiber content of the diet can prevent colon cancer," Bhalla said. "The good news is that once detected, a proper treatment planning by a team specializing in the management of colon and rectum cancer can give positive and hopeful results."
He noted that colon cancer, which mostly used to be a disease occurring in 50s or 60s in one's life, is affecting younger people in their 20s and 30s.
Bhalla said laparoscopic surgery with minimal blood loss and reduced post-operative pain has been shown to be very effective in treatment of patients with cancer of colon and rectum.