These encompass cancers of the stomach, large intestine (colon and rectum), small intestine, pancreas, gall bladder, and liver. Most gastrointestinal cancers are best treated with surgery whether for curative intent or palliation.
Majority of the stomach cancers undergo a radical clearance as defined by the Japanese surgeons i.e. D2 /D3 gastrectomy, which has shown the best results so far. We have been performing laparoscopic surgery for some of the colo-rectal cancers which are non bulky. Additionally we do a lot of low rectal cancers saving the anal canal – i.e. saving them a permanent colostomy. We do this using the double stapling technique. A vast majority of mid and upper rectal cancers are operated without any temporary stomas resulting in one less surgery and no break in their adjuvant therapy.
We have a team looking after the HPB (liver, gall bladder and pancreas) cancers, that involves gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgical oncologists, liver surgeons, medical oncologists and interventional radiologists to provide comprehensive care under one roof.