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Vietnam's robotic cancer treatment techniques impress Japanese physicians

Vietnam's robotic cancer treatment techniques impress Japanese physicians

Sunday, February 25, 2024, 10:25 GMT+7
Vietnam's robotic cancer treatment techniques impress Japanese physicians
This image shows a robotic surgery jointly performed by Vietnamese and Japanese specialists on a cancer patient at K Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: K Hospital

Japanese specialists have highly appreciated the robotic surgery techniques applied by Vietnamese doctors to cancer treatment, and two hospitals of Japan and Vietnam have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation in this field.  

Over the past five days, a group of Japanese doctors have joined their Vietnamese counterparts in successfully performing four advanced robotic surgeries on four patients who suffered from stomach, rectal, liver, and esophageal cancer at K Hospital in Hanoi.  

Professor Shuji Takiguchi, director of the Japan Society of Endoscopic Surgery, a member of the group, highly appreciated the robotic surgical techniques used in the operations by the Vietnamese side.

Prof. Takiguchi praised Vietnamese doctors for their exceptional expertise in robotic surgery, highlighting their successful performance of robotic and laparoscopic surgeries, microsurgeries, and plastic surgeries on cancer patients.

This commendation followed the completion of the latest surgery on Friday.

The Japanese specialists gained significant insights through their participation in joint surgeries at the hospital, he said.

He also expressed astonishment at the extensive use of expensive surgical robots, noting that many other countries have yet to acquire such advanced technology.

Following the joint operations, the representatives of K Hospital and Japan’s Nagoya Hospital signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in robotic surgery, which Prof. Takiguchi said has a promising development future.

He affirmed that he would send Japanese students to Vietnam to study in this field.

On that particular day, among the four patients undergoing robotic operations was N.T., a 67-year-old woman admitted to the hospital due to issues with sleep and weight loss.

After an examination, doctors diagnosed N.T. with low rectal cancer, noting a tumor occupying nearly half of the circumference of her intestines.

Following a consultation between doctors from Hospital K and Japanese specialists, a decision was made to conduct surgery on the woman using a state-of-the-art surgical robot available at the hospital.

The patient is reported to be recovering well after the successful surgery, according to the medical team.

In the sphere of minimally invasive surgical techniques, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Van Binh, deputy director of Hospital K, highlighted that doctors have the option to employ either conventional laparoscopic surgery or robotic laparoscopic surgery.

However, he emphasized that the latter remains one of the most advanced medical techniques currently applied to the surgical treatment of cancer.

This technique not only helps surgeons remove as many parts as possible of a cancerous tumor but also enables patients to recover quickly post-surgery, Dr. Binh said.

"The incorporation of this surgical method, complemented by additional treatment modalities post-surgery, aims to maximize the lifespan of cancer patients," the specialist stressed.

"Achieving this goal stands as the ultimate aspiration in cancer treatment."

He also commented that the MoU signed between K Hospital and Japanese experts has marked a significant milestone in cooperation between the two sides to further enhance the efficiency of robotic surgical techniques, contributing to bringing K Hospital’s position in cancer treatment to a new level.

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