A robot will operate on cancer patients at the Meshalkin Clinic in Novosibirsk

 05/8/2013, 12:13
A robot will operate on cancer patients at the Meshalkin Clinic in Novosibirsk
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An Oncology and Radiosurgery Centre has opened in the radiotherapy department of the Meshalkin Research Institute of Circulation Pathology. It will be able to provide state-funded high-tech treatment to thousands of patients each year. The centre will start operations in 2013 using Da Vinci robotic systems, Sib.fm’s correspondent learned on 7 May.

Radiotherapy, where patients with combined cardiovascular, oncological and angioneurological conditions are provided with high-tech medical care, was introduced at the institute in autumn 2010, reports a statement from their press office.

According to Artyom Pukhalski, adviser to the director of the Meshalkin Institute of Circulation Pathology, the design, construction and equipment of the building cost about 2 billion roubles ($65m). The building has diagnostic equipment and two linear accelerators for radiosurgery.

Simultaneous operations are operations on a combination of several diseases at the same time.

«All the technologies that are currently used in the world will be applied in our centre. First and foremost, simultaneous technology for oncological, cardiological and neurological disorders,» the press service quoted Institute Director Alexandr Karaskov as saying.

Pukhalski explained that the radiotherapy department has joined the oncology and radiosurgery centre, which was established at the end of April 2013. An oncology surgical treatment department will also be formed at the centre by the end of the summer.

Treatment of patients in the department is fully funded by the state. «There are isolated cases when the patient pays. They pay if they’re not ready to wait a while or if they need treatment not provided for by state standards. But these are exceptional cases,» said Pukhalski. The wait for treatment will generally not exceed 20 days, he added.

In 2012, the department admitted 991 patients under these conditions. However, its potential capacity is 1,500 people a year, remarked Pukhalski. In 2013, the department will begin robot-assisted surgery with Da Vinci, which is currently only used in the cardiac surgery department of the clinic.

The robotic Da Vinci surgical system consists of two units. A doctor conducts the operation with joysticks and a control panel, where he sees the area that is being operated on magnified several times in 3D.

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