Healthcare Global Enterprises Ltd, The Specialist in Cancer Care, organized a press conference on performing the 1st Computer Assisted Tumor Navigation Surgery for bone cancer in India. The CATS was performed on Shreyas, 19 year old engineering student, diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, tumor weighing 900 grams and 20 centimeters in length, the size of a baseball.
CATS technology is a specially designed software for orthopedic oncology, which shows real time images of the tumor while operating, which enables the surgeon to be accurate in the resection of the tumor. CATS give precise directions as guided by preloaded images of MRI, CT and PET scans, during surgery.
Bone cancer affects 1 in 10, 000 people and is more common in children and adolescents.
Dr. Pramod S Chinder, Consultant, Surgical Ortho Oncologist, HCG, said, “The patient presented with a large swelling in the knee, which upon evaluation confirmed malignant bone tumor, in the right leg. We took combined solution of technology & expertise, by using the CATS technology, which facilitates precise planning and execution of joint-preserving tumor resection, without damaging the functions of the limb. This technology is very important in preserving the growth in young patients diagnosed with bone cancer. Early detection of malignant bone tumors helps in curing the patients in 60 to 70% of cases and preserving their limbs.”
Shreyas, 19 year old Engineering Student, Patient, said, “While cycling back home, in June 2012, the right pedal broke down and I had put lot of pressure on the right leg & cycled back home. I had a pain that night, it continued to increase with time, I had taken some pain killers it didn’t help. Also, I saw swelling in my right, which was growing in size. Before coming to HCG, also I thought I might lose my leg until the oncologist explained to me how my leg would be preserved because a new technology that will help. I fought cancer for a year & I believe one should have a strong will power to fight cancer. I’m happy now that my limbs are preserved and have good quality of life now & hoping to get back to my college to pursue my studies.”
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