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A cancer diagnosis of any kind can be stressful and frightening. But thanks to advanced therapies and technology, outcomes are better than ever. Adena’s da Vinci® Si Surgical System allows our surgeons to perform more precise, effective procedures for many types of cancer. In addition to peace of mind, you’ll have less pain and scarring than with traditional surgery and you’ll get back to doing the things you love sooner. We offer robotic-assisted surgery for these types of cancer:
Cervical and uterine cancer may not get as much news coverage as breast cancer, but they should be top of mind for women. About 12,000 women—most of them younger than age 50—will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. Thanks to regular Pap smears, which test for cervical cancer, it is no longer the leading cause of cancer death in U.S. women as it was 40 years ago. Uterine cancer, sometimes called endometrial cancer, is the most common cancer affecting the female reproductive organs. It will strike more than 47,000 women this year—most of them older than age 50. Abnormal vaginal bleeding can be a sign of both types of cancer.
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation—sometimes in combination—are used to treat cervical cancer. Women with endometrial cancer have those three treatments, plus hormonal therapy at their disposal. Sometimes, surgery is necessary, either to remove the uterus or to access some of the surrounding anatomy. While some procedures can be done vaginally without an external incision, many women who once feared the long, painful recovery of a traditional surgery now have a much less-invasive option. For complex hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries, surgeons can use the daVinci robotic system to access the surgical site through tiny, ½-inch incisions. The advanced equipment allows the surgeons greater control and precision, which can translate to less pain, a quicker recovery for you and more peace of mind.
Each year, more than 240,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with prostate cancer—about two-thirds of them are over age 65. Cancer of the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system, often has no symptoms, but can lead to frequent urination and difficulty urinating. Talk with your physician about screenings including a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test and a digital rectal exam.
Because it is typically slow-growing and usually strikes later in life, men and their physicians sometimes take a “watchful waiting” approach. For younger men or those with more aggressive diagnoses, treatment options can include:
- Radiation therapy, including brachytherapy, where radioactive seeds are surgically implanted in the prostate
- Cryosurgery, which freezes and destroys the prostate gland
- Hormone therapy to reduce testosterone and dihydrotestosterone
- Prostatectomy, or surgical removal of the prostate
One of the most popular new treatments for prostate cancer is robotic-assisted prostatectomy, a minimally invasive procedure for prostate removal. Compared to traditional open surgery, daVinci prostatectomy can have faster returns to erectile function, a better chance for return of urinary continence within six months, and lower positive margin rates—meaning less cancer is left behind.
Colorectal Cancer (colon resection)
Your colon, which twists and turns within your lower abdomen, is nearly five feet long. Most forms of colon cancer begin as polyps somewhere along the inner lining of the color or rectum. More than 95 percent of colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas, which originate in the glands of the colon. While often symptomless, signs of colon cancer can include blood in the stool and changes in your bowel habits such as frequent constipation or diarrhea.
Colonoscopy allows your physician to find and remove many polyps before they have a chance to change into cancer. But if you do have cancerous polyps, surgery is the main treatment for earlier stage colon cancers. A colon resection, or colectomy, effectively removes the diseased part of the colon and any surrounding lymph nodes to prevent metastisis. For some patients, a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted colon resection is an option. In addition to lower blood loss and a shorter hospital stay, daVinci colectomy offers a quicker return to normal bowel function and to eating a normal diet. Post-surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are often employed to kill any cancer cells that may have been left behind.
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