Colorectal cancer is one of the commonest cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract. It is the third most common cancer in men (663000 cases, 10.0% of all cancer cases) and the second most common in women (571000 cases, 9.4% of all cancer cases).
Dr Karthik Chandra is a renowned oncologist from Visakhapatnam and herein he busts some myths about cancer with scientific information available in the public domain.
Common cancer diets: the myths and the facts
In patients who are expected to take chemotherapy for a long duration, surgical placement of a chemoport makes life comfortable for a patient.
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower front of the neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box (larynx). Your thyroid gland......
In India, every year more than 51,000 new cases of Colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year (GLOBOCAN statistics). Colorectal cancer deaths comprise about 5% of all cancer related deaths in the country.
70 year old Mrs S… visited me in my clinic theother day. While taking bath a few days earlier, she had noticed asmall lump in her right breast which prompted her to visit her familydoctor who advised a few tests and confirmed that it was indeed “thedreaded C… Cancer’”. The preliminary suggestion by the doctorwas that “the breast needs to be removed at the earliest” andreferred her to an oncologist.
Not so long ago, amputation was the only way to treat bone tumors (like sarcomas)of the legs. However, with better expertise, nowadays surgeons are able to save the limbs without compromising the cure of cancer.
Certain cancers of the abdomen maybe treatable even in the fourth stage if the spread is limited to the peritoneal surface in the abdomen. Herein, Dr Karthik explains this unique procedure called CRS and HIPEC which when performed by trained surgeons in select patients leads to a meaningful life and cure for these patients.
Dr Karthik emphasizes the importance of restoring cosmesis after breast surgery and how it is important for a patient both physically and emotionally.
Sentinel node biopsy is 'sine qua non' for the treatment of early breast cancer. Read on to understand why..
Here, Dr Karthik Chandra who is a pioneer in minimal access cancer surgery in this part of the world explains about robotic surgery and why it is advisable to go for it whenever possible..
Unlike most of the common diseases, a diagnosis of cancer does not the mean the same to each patient. This is because there is a wide variation based on the location of origin and stage of presentation of cancer. Read on to understand more clearly..
Dr Karthik Chandra Vallam MBBS (JIPMER), MS (Madras Medical College), M.Ch (Tata Memorial Hospital) is a Consultant Surgical Oncologist at Apollo Cancer hospital, Visakhapatnam.