By TC News Desk
Agartala, February 6, 2023: Apollo Cancer Centre, Kolkata, the hospital which offers world-class treatment for oncology, successfully treated a 63-year-old elderly male through Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) without surgery. The gentleman approached Apollo Cancer Centre where he was diagnosed with Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, commonly known as Bile Duct cancer.
The patient underwent a detailed examination and the evaluation showed a 3X3.3 cm segment VII liver lesion which turned out to be Cholangiocarcinoma on biopsy. In the beginning, the patient was aligned to be treated via surgery but later tests showed that surgery was not viable for this specific case. This posed a unique challenge in treating the patient without surgery.
As an alternative, Dr. Sayan Paul, Senior Radiation Oncologist at Apollo Cancer Centre, Kolkata,along with the experienced team of expert clinicians decided to treat the patient with Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy. SABR is a completely painless procedure wherein a highly focused and targeted high-energy X-ray is delivered with high precision to kill the cancer cells in the targeted organ. A total of 5 sessions of SABR were executed to treat the patient. The procedure was well tolerated by the patient without any complications. Post completion of the treatment, the patient’s health condition was reviewed to find out the presence of any further cancerous development but the disease had completely been treated.
Commenting on the successful treatment, Dr.Sayan Paul, Senior Radiation Oncologist at Apollo Hospitals, Kolkata, said, “It’s astounding how technology has changed the cancer treatments in the last couple of years. When I first met the patient and we did a thorough diagnosis of the case, it seemed simple and treatable with surgery. At a later stage, we understood that this unique case due to issues of age and other implications, could only be treated with SABR. The patient’s trust and Apollo’s expertise in technology and oncology led to another successful treatment. With the support from highly professional doctors and nurses, we were able to turn this case around and support the patient to be treated completely.”
Apollo Cancer Centre, Kolkata, is known for its ability to provide complete and comprehensive cancer care. The state-of-the-art infrastructure and round-the-clock consultant availability allow the centre to manage critical patients with outmost care and efficiency and helpperform complicated procedures.
Talking about Apollo Cancer Centre’s ability to perform complicated procedures, Dr. Suvadip Chakrabarti,Consultant, Surgical Oncologist, said, “We are well placed to even perform complicated procedures such as HIPEC(Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) surgeries. Such procedures consist of two steps and are performed to treat certain abdominal cancers in the colon, ovary, stomach etc. In such a surgical procedure, the chemotherapy is circulated in the abdominal cavity at a higher temperaturethrough a specialized instrument following the removal of the tumours.”
With the adoption of newer techniques and technologies in the field of oncology, the landscape of the industry has evolved and changed the perception of cancer as a disease. At Apollo, the focus and action plans are centered on the patient and their individual needs. The 360-degree specialized care with the most advanced technology is provided to the patients who put their trust in Apollo’s experienced and dedicated team of doctors, clinicians, and nurses.