Update: March 11, 2022 5:45 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India], March 11 (ANI/NewsSee): In recent years, new techniques have revolutionized the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors. These high-precision treatments lead to the removal of tumors while preserving the organs and harming their functionality as little as possible.
To publicize these new techniques, the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Center (RGCIRC) is organizing Neuro & Spine Onco Update on March 12 at RGCIRC Rohini Delhi. Neuro & Spine Onco Update is a conclave of physicians in which experts selected from two of India’s largest and dedicated Neuro-onco facilities, namely Tata Memorial and RGCIRC, in addition to leaders from leading hospitals including the AIIMS, GB Pant Hospital, RML Hospital and Safdarjung RR Hospital will give lectures and share their experiences. Major private hospitals such as Ganga Ram, BLK, Max, Apollo, Fortis, Medanta, Paras and Artemis etc. will also be part of the faculty.
“The Neuro & Spine Onco Update 2022 is a one-of-a-kind event in depth and breadth where neuro-oncosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuro-pathologists, neuro-anaesthesiologists, neuro- radiologists, neuro-physiologists and neuropsychologists will come together to discuss the latest trends in the field of brain and spinal tumors in order to make the management of these tumors technically feasible, surgically safer, more effective and acceptable for patients,” said said Dr. IC Premsagar, Head of Neuro & Spine Oncology at RGCIRC and Organizing Chair of the Neuro & Spine Onco Update 2022.
As a unique feature, the Neuro & Spine Onco 2022 update will offer a live surgery workshop using neuro navigation and intra-operative ultrasound techniques so that young neurosurgeons can get a first-hand look at the latest technologies to obtain a functional onco- result in tumor surgery. During the surgery, the two-way interaction between the surgeons and the delegates should not only help to understand the nuances of the surgery, but also to learn the technical know-how.
The surgery which will be shown directly to the public in the auditorium will be led by Dr Ali Asgar, Head of Neurosurgery at Tata Memorial, with Dr Premsagar explaining the surgical steps taken in real time. Dr. Ashok Jaryal, a neurophysiologist, will monitor neurophysiology as the center of speech and other functional areas during the surgery. It will be an awake surgery in which the patient undergoing surgery will remain active – talking, singing and moving limbs.
Experts will talk about primary tumors of the nervous system (which start in the brain itself) and also tumors from other parts of the body that metastasize to the nervous system (tumors which start outside the brain as a tumor pulmonary and through the blood reach the brain where they increase in size and affect the function of this organ).
Speaking of new techniques to treat brain tumours, Dr Premsagar said: “The new neuro-navigation technique helps the surgeon to precisely identify the tumor in the brain or spinal cord, as precision is essential in brain or spinal surgery. Likewise, intra-operative full-spectrum ultrasound of the brain and spine helps us eliminate the tumor as much as possible with functional preservation.”
When the tumor is surgically removed, a small part of it may still be left in the form of its roots. Radiation Oncologists will present expert deliberations on how that part of a tumor which remains to be removed can be burnt by radiation through the various types of conventional radiation available in India including IGRT and IMRT. Other forms of radiation therapy that will be discussed include the CyberKnife and proton therapy.
Additionally, pathologists from different parts of the country will provide an update on the latest WHO classification of CNS tumors that takes molecular diagnosis into consideration. Previously, we just had histopathology, but now molecular tests tell us more about the tumor and its prognosis, Dr. Premsagar added.
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