The Advanced Precision Cancer Surgery has been conducted for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory at Bee Enn General Hospital, here.
In a remarkable medical achievement, Surgical Oncologists Dr Vikas Heer and Dr Paras Khanna, in collaboration with Bee Enn General Hospital and Aashna Oncology Association, successfully conducted a precise and minimally invasive surgical procedure Sentinel lymph node biopsy in the field of Gynae-oncology for the first time in the entire UT. This pioneering procedure offers new hope for patients diagnosed with early stage uterus cancers.
The patient, a 36-year-old woman from Doda, was presented with abnormal uterine bleeding. Subsequent investigations revealed an early stage cervical cancer diagnosis. The recommended treatment protocol includes precise surgical intervention with laparoscopic SLNB. The principle of doing SLNB in early stage cervical cancer is to identify any occult metastasis to the first draining lymph node.
The procedure was led by Dr Vikas Heer, Consultant Surgical Oncologist and equally assisted by Dr Paras Khanna, Consultant, Surgical Oncologist and Dr Suksham, Consultant Gynaecologist, with the support of the anesthesia team led by Dr Vikas Gupta.
Dr Heer described that Sentinel lymph node biopsy is the worldwide recommended precise surgical procedure and is done in the multiple solid cancers including uterus, breast, melanoma and genital cancers among others. He also added that in this surgical procedure, ICG dye was injected into the cervix and by the help of laparoscopic camera with 4K technology which is only available at Bee Enn Hospital, green dye colored nodes were identified and subjected to the frozen section intra-operatively. confirming the absence of cancer and allowing the surgery to proceed to complete radical hysterectomy.
He also underlined the crucial role played by pathologists Dr Isha Kashyap and Dr Chitralekha in conducting the intra-operative frozen section analysis.
Dr Vikas Heer is an accomplished Surgical Oncologist trained at National Cancer Hospital in South Korea and Tata Medical Centre.