First da Vinci robot-assisted surgery performed to treat colon cancer
This broadened our findings because it offered a picture of future clinically relevant targeting of such a hallmark biological property of stem cells-self renewal. The paper points to self-renewal as a tractable biological process to target clinically. Colon cancer is the second greatest cause of cancer-related deaths. After conventional treatment, half of all colon cancers come roaring back. The reason for this, Dicks group has suggested, is that virulent colon cancer stem cells at the heart of the cancers can lie dormant, resistant to traditional chemotherapies that rely on cell replication to workthen spring to life later, post-chemo. In this, they are mimicking the behavior of normal stem cells, which can both self-renew and lay dormant for long periods of time. The team of Michael Clarke of the University of Michigan first discovered in 2003 that Bmi-1 was a critical driver of blood stem cells. In 2007, Dicks group was among the first to characterize colon cancer stem cells.
When I heard the benefits of robotic surgery, compared to the option of having general surgery with a large abdominal incision and a colostomy bag; I decided to place all my trust in God and in the hands of Kossoy for the robot-assisted surgery. da Vinci surgery offers many benefits when compared to traditional open surgery, including significantly less pain, less risk of infection, smaller incision, less scarring, shorter hospital stay, better clinical outcomes and cancer cure rates, said Kossoy. With the da Vinci Robot, I can operate with a small, dime-sized incision with special wristed instruments, enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control in a safe, less invasive way, improving my patients quality of life. I am excited our community now has access to receive this treatment at Kingwood Medical Center. When I woke up from surgery, I had no pain and did not take any pain medication during my hospital stay for observation, said Valdez. The nurses and staff were all amazed by my fast pain-free recovery. My incision was so tiny and the healing process was very quick. I was able to walk up and down the hall the next day. Last month, Valdez celebrated his 80th birthday with over 100 relatives at his party. He has lived in Humble for more than 13 years and has 7 children, 21 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.