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Robotic Surgery – Facts and Myths

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Surgery has evolved from the era of invasive “open” model to the minimally invasive model especially when dealing with “cavity” surgery (abdominal/chest cavities). The advantages of MIS are pretty obvious with smaller incisions, lesser pain, earlier return to normal activities, lesser wound-related complications. However, there are significant challenges with traditional laparoscopic surgery – counter-intuitive movements, […]

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Cancer has an Answer…

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world after cardiovascular diseases. The word cancer came from the Greek words “Karkinos” to describe carcinoma tumors by Hippocrates (460-370 B.C). The world’s oldest case of breast cancer hails from ancient Egypt in 1500 BC. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates that […]

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The Long Battle of Childhood Cancer

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Childhood cancer

Young Rajesh (name changed) was an exuberant child. Or so his mother describes him through tears and trepidation. Exuberant is not a word you would use to describe the child that lies shivering in front of my eyes on the couch. He was weak but he seemed to be using his last ounce of energy […]

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Pathology At The Forefront Of Advances In Oncology

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The practice of pathology and its role in cancer care has changed significantly in the past decade. In the olden days, it was limited to a microscope and a few special stains. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) arrived after that to advance diagnosis and treatment capabilities. The current treatment landscape is ever so changing – the era of […]

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All Cancers Are Not The Same!

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Contrary to widespread belief, Cancer is not the same in every patient. Just as there are so many parts in the human body, there are thousands of cancer variants a person can get affected with. The two key determinants of outcomes of cancer therapy are the BODY ORGAN which is involved and the STAGE at […]

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Tobacco – The Most Common Preventable Cause Of Cancer

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During the early days of my training as a medical oncologist at AIIMS, New Delhi, I was alarmed to see patients as young as 20 years being diagnosed with advanced stages of oral cavity cancers and dying within one year of diagnosis despite treatment. Tobacco chewing is the single most important cause of these cancers […]

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Lower your risk for colorectal cancer

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You can prevent CRC by being physically active, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limiting the intake of alcohol. In colorectal cancer (CRC), there is a malignant growth in the large intestine. In the advanced stages, cancer spreads from the intestine to the liver. Rarely does it spread to the lungs or bones, but […]

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All about ‘Head and Neck’ Cancers !

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Of the 10 lakh cases of cancer detected in India every year, around 2 lakh are cancers of the ‘head and neck’ category. ‘Head and Neck’ cancers are tumors in and around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, or mouth. These develop when healthy cells in these regions change and grow out of control forming a […]