Robotic surgery in cancer care to become reality in state – ET HealthWorld

Thiruvananthapuram: For the first time in state, robotic surgery for cancer treatment is going to be a reality, that too in the government sector, at Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Thiruvananthapuram.

At present robotic surgery for cancer treatment is available only in large-scale hospitals in the nation and in foreign countries.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the robotic surgery unit, hipec (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) treatment facility, patient welfare and service block and clinical laboratory tracking system on January 15 in a function to be presided over by health minister Veena George. MLA Kadakampally Surendran and corporation mayor Arya Rajendran will be special guests during the occasion.

The healthcare sector is going to achieve a milestone development through robotic surgery, said George.

“As part of the ongoing initiatives to make diagnosis and treatment more advanced, Rs 60 crore and Rs 18.87 crore were sanctioned through the Rebuild Kerala Initiative for the robotic surgery at the RCC and MCC (Malabar Cancer Centre) and digital pathology centres. Robotic surgery will soon become a reality at MCC too and the government aims to facilitate modern care for the common man through these ventures,” said George.

Robotic surgery is a special minimal access surgery and is done with the help of surgical robots. Such surgeries will help minimise bleeding, reduce pain and will also help the speedy recovery of patients. Various kinds of cancers can be treated through robotic surgery.

Hipec or Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapytreatment facility was also made available at RCC at a cost of Rs 1.32 crore. Using the facility, chemotherapy can be given at the cancerous spots during the surgery itself. As part of the patient-friendly initiatives, patient welfare and service block was facilitated and the new clinical laboratory tracking facility has completely automated tests at the lab and also enables live monitoring as well.


  • Updated On Jan 12, 2024 at 01:47 PM IST
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