The need for integration between the different specialists involved in the oncological treatment of patients with gastrointestinal cancer was valued in the discussions of the 8th International Symposium on Oncoclinics. “The main message that the symposium left is that the physician cannot work in isolation, and in the face of a patient with malignant neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract, multidisciplinary approaches must be privileged. Discussions between clinical oncologists, oncology surgeons, radiologists, radiotherapists and pathologists allow establishing the best treatment strategy by individualizing the conduct”, says oncologist Roberto de Almeida Gil, gastrointestinal cancer leader of the Oncoclínicas Group and one of the event coordinators.
On the occasion, physician Ramon Mendes, head of the Coloproctology Service at Hospital Santa Izabel, in Salvador, coordinated a minimally invasive surgery for early rectal cancer. Tumor resection was performed transanally using a robotic platform. “The advantages are faster recovery, early discharge, within 24 hours, returning to the normal routine in three days, without postoperative pain”, completes the surgeon.
Still on the topic of rectal cancer, the current approach to locally advanced rectal cancer was discussed, emphasizing the concept of total neoadjuvant treatment. “The treatment was done with radio and chemotherapy, before surgery, with complementation after surgery with adjuvant chemotherapy, in two stages. In the current concept, based on recent studies, all treatment is done before the surgical procedure”, says Alexandre Jácome, oncologist at Oncobio, a clinic at Grupo Oncoclínicas in Minas Gerais and one of the coordinators of the gastrointestinal cancer clinical session at the symposium.
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