Tuesday , July 16 2024

Vietnamese doctors successfully treat foreign surgeon with rectal cancer

Receiving advice from Indonesian colleagues who had previously participated in training courses at the HCM City hospital, the Indonesian patient decided to go to Việt Nam in February for surgery.

HCM CITY — The HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital announced on July 10 that it has successfully performed surgery and treatment for a foreign surgeon with rectal cancer.

This underscores the credibility and expertise of Vietnamese doctors, which are increasingly recognised, and creates trust among international patients.

The 64-year-old Indonesian doctor was diagnosed with rectal cancer in early 2024. As a surgeon, he learned about places that could treat his disease. Receiving advice from Indonesian colleagues who had previously participated in training courses at the HCM City hospital, he decided to go to Việt Nam in February.

Doctor Nguyễn Hữu Thịnh from the hospital’s Department of Gastroenterology said that the patient’s disease has developed to Stage 3 with a large tumor and many metastatic lymph nodes in the mesorectum.

After the surgery, the patient resumed normal activities and was discharged five days later.

He shared that after experiencing the treatment process for over four months in Việt Nam, he feels happy with his decision.

Thịnh said that rectal cancer, not uncommon in Việt Nam, can be treated successfully if detected early. At his hospital, each year more than 800 cases of rectal cancer are diagnosed and treated with a 5-year survival rate of up to 70 per cent for Stage 3 cancer.

Besides treatment, the hospital is currently a training centre for rectal laparoscopic surgery for domestic and foreign doctors. Over the past 15 years, 763 doctors from countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand have attended laparoscopic surgery training courses here. — VNS

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