Participants at the symposium.
DOHA: Early screening for colorectal cancer and removal of masses through laparoscopic procedures protects the patient from developing a case with malignant tumours, say experts.
Information obtained from the process of early detection of invisible blood in the stool, coupled with the laparoscopic procedures, may be essential for the prevention of colorectal cancer, said Professor Ayman Al Agha from the University Hospital Regensburg of Germany.
He was speaking at the second Colorectal Surgical Symposium organsied by the Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Colorectal Surgery Unit.
“The most important medical discoveries revealed that colorectal tumours usually start with minor masses of benign tissues and then begin to grow until they eventually become cancerous tumours,” said Professor Agha.
The two-day symposium was an important platform for around 250 healthcare professionals to share experiences.
The scientific programme of visiting experts included a surgeries involving complicated cases and delivering scientific lectures on the most recent international practices in the field of colorectal surgeries.
The programme also provided lectures and training workshops for medical staff at HMC’s surgery department, including surgeons and nurses.
Surgeries conducted by experts were displayed during the symposium through a live transmission from the operation theatre to the medical education auditorium at HMC’s Education Center.
Professor Ayman Agha highlighted cooperation between HMC and the University Hospital Regensburg of Germany, the largest and renowned medical centre in the field of laparoscopic colorectal surgeries and colorectal tumour resection operations.
“I usually visit HMC three times a year. My first visit was in 2009 and during each visit I perform complicated surgeries together with the participation of HMC surgeons.
“During this visit I have performed six laparoscopic surgeries. Moreover, I have presented the outcome of some important surgeries we performed in Germany,” said Professor Agha.
Several speakers from HMC’s colorectal surgery unit also participated in the symposium, including Dr Mohamed Abu Nada, Head of HMC’s Colorectal Surgery Unit and Consultant in Colorectal Laparoscopic Surgery, and his deputy Dr Ayman Abdulhafiez, consultants Dr Ahmad Hashim and Dr Muhammad Kareer; specialists Dr Rasha Fouad, Dr Salwa Ahmad, Dr Muhammad Yousuf and Dr Sayed Ali also participated. The Peninsula