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Hospital brings new technique for pelvic cancer treatment
By A Staff Reporter April 19, 2018
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SHARJAH: Experts at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah have  successfully treated a 51-year-old Egyptian patient who has been suffering for the last two years from rectal cancer and recurring metastasis (which is a spread caused by a cancerous tumour) using the latest CT-guided Percutaneous Microwave Ablation (MWA) Technique. The patient was unaware of the cancer spreading to various organs as she was able to carry out her normal daily routine with occasional discomfort only.

The patient was initially treated with a surgery in Egypt. Post-surgery she underwent a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan in which the liver metastasis was diagnosed. Her treating doctor had recommended medication for six months without immunotherapy; further evaluation revealed that the liver metastasis had progressed and complication arose due to the recurrence of rectal carcinoma (cancer).

The patient had undergone another surgery for liver metastasectomy and continued her treatment. On her followup, the doctors discovered new liver metastasis by investigations (PET scan and MRI). Burdened by the recurrence of the disease, she consulted Surgical Oncologist & General Surgeon Dr Fadi Alnehlaoui who was supported by Dr Amro Adnan Kabakbjy, Specialist Interventional Radiologist at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah.

Without delay, the tumour board team of experts at the hospital including medical oncologists, radiologists and surgeons discussed the course of action and doctors carried out the CT-guided Percutaneous Microwave Ablation (MWA) as the case is delicate following a previous hepatic surgery. This technique is the recent advent in treating metastatic cancers and is an effective reliable and minimally invasive method of treatment. A week after the procedure was performed, the patient was discharged and advised to be on regular diet, avoiding excessive strain on her body.

Dr Alnehlaoui said: “We are glad we are managing some rare and complex cases with the latest available technology and expertise. The fact  that we could treat this complicated case with a minimal invasive procedure is rewarding and we will be ensuring patient centric care at every step. The team assured a positive outcome from this minimal invasion procedure and the patient was pleased to be discharged after only one week following the surgery.”

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