Cutting edge tech gives new ray of hope to cervical cancer patients

category Regional, patiala, , tags Regional, patiala, , DW BUREAU PATIALA The Oncology Department at Fortis Hospital in Mohali has revolutionised the treatment of cancer through cutting-edge technology wherein patients were completely cured when detected in the early stages of the disease. Dr Shweta Tahlan, Consultant, Gynae Onco-Surgery, Fortis Hospital Mohali, recently treated a 45-year-old woman who had been experiencing vaginal discharge and post-coital bleeding (bleeding after sexual intercourse). Medical investigations, including cervical biopsy, revealed that the patient was suffering from invasive squamous cell carcinoma (Stage 1). As the cancer had been diagnosed at an early stage, Dr Tahlan performed radical hysterectomy (total surgical removal of the uterus along with the surrounding tissue and pelvic lymph nodes). She did not require any adjuvant treatment. The patient was discharged on the fifth day of the surgery and has recovered completely. Emphasizing on the early detection of cervical cancer, Dr Tahlan, said, Early stage of cervical cancer may not produce any symptoms. However, symptoms may include postcoital or intermenstrual vaginal bleeding, irregular periods, post-menopausal bleeding, persistent or foul-smelling vaginal discharge and pelvic pain. Early cervical cancer can be treated through surgery alone, and one may avoid undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. On the benefits of regular screening, which is recommended for all women over the age of 25 years, Dr Tahlan, added, Patients usually have no symptoms in pre-cancer stage and this can be detected by screening only. At this stage, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure and Cone Biopsy (surgery to remove abnormal tissue from the cervix) can treat the patient without the need of Radical Hysterectomy, thus saving the uterus and ovaries. Highlighting the importance of HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer, Dr Tahlan, added, The ideal age for vaccination of girls is 9-14 years of age, though the catch-up vaccination can be done till 26 years of age. Vaccination done in childhood or adolescence helps prevent cervical cancer in later years of life. Dr Naval Bansal, Endocrine and Breast Cancer Surgery expert, Fortis Hospital Mohali, recently treated a 38-year-old woman, who had carcinoma in her left breast. The patient approached Dr Bansal at Fortis Mohali where preliminary examination showed early-stage breast cancer. Giving consideration to the patient s age, the team of doctors led by Dr Bansal conducted the Breast-Sparing Surgery along with Probe-Guided Surgery for Axillary Nodes (Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy). (editor


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