The medical team in the surgery department of Royal Commission hospital in Jubail saved an 80 – year- old citizen’s life after removing cancer cells found between the rectum & colon.
The cancer was discovered when the patient came into the emergency section. After an initial medical check, it was found that she was suffering from severe stomachache with flatulence, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation and weight loss.
After medical check-ups, laboratory analysis, CT and colonoscopy, cancer cells were found between the rectum & colon. Following that, the surgical team led by Dr. Mohammed Atif Alhaj, General Surgery & specula consultant and his assistant team, decided to operate to ablate the cancer cells and connect the colon to the anal canal using pre-prepared modern apparatuses. The operation aimed at enabling the patient to continue her life normally. She left the hospital feeling well, and was given follow-up appointments.
It’s worth mentioning that colorectal cancer appears in the last part of the rectum, and is classified as a separate category despite it belongs to colon & rectum cancers group, because it differs in terms of symptoms, complications & treatment. It is considered the 3rd most common type of cancer worldwide & the 3rd most murderous cancer. It leads to symptoms such as stomachache, bowel obstruction and blood in stool. It also leads to complications in case of spreading to other organs as it has the ability to spread to distant organs like the liver.
It could be treated by using several ways such as surgical operations, rays, and chemotherapy. It could also be cured if detected and treated in its early stages. It happens to 5-6% of people which means 1 person out of every 20 people. It usually occurs amongst people who are over 50 years.