Iraqi Man, 47, Defeats Stage 4 Rectal Cancer in India

A 47-year-old man from Iraq has been successfully treated for stage-4 rectal cancer in India. Initially misdiagnosed with piles, the obese patient underwent complex surgery at Manipal Hospital in Dwarka, where doctors found peritoneal disease in addition to rectal cancer.

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Consultant – Surgical Oncology at Manipal Hospital, explained, “This was a challenging case as the patient had previously been misdiagnosed, and the fact that he weighed 122 kg added complexity to the treatment.” The patient also underwent multiple chemotherapy and radiation sessions before being referred to Manipal Hospital.

Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Surgery (HIPEC) were performed to treat the peritoneal disease in addition to the rectal cancer. Despite an initially unfavorable prognosis, the patient successfully underwent treatment and returned home with a better quality of life.

Dr. Sanjeev emphasized the importance of advanced medical solutions in treating complex problems like cancer, highlighting the success of the patient’s treatment at Manipal Hospital. The combination of surgical tumor removal and heated chemotherapy to the abdomen maximized the effectiveness of the treatment.


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