McLeod physicians first in SC to perform new colon cancer treatment

January 29, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Advanced Endoscopic physicians from the McLeod Digestive Health Center successfully performed the first colon cancer removal procedure of its kind in South Carolina.

The procedure is known as the endoscopic full thickness resection and is primarily used to remove large polyps and early tumors in the colon in a minimally invasive manner using a specialized endoscope.

McLeod advanced interventional gastroenterologists Dr. Veeral Oza and Dr. Davinderbir Pannu performed the procedure utilizing the full-thickness resection device. The device allows for tumors, both benign and cancerous, that might be deeper in the GI wall to be safely removed in an outpatient setting, potentially avoiding the need for an invasive surgery. This results in shorter treatment time and a faster recovery.

“Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women in South Carolina,” Oza said. “This is a promising procedure that will revolutionize the way we prevent and treat this deadly disease in this state and beyond.”

According to DHEC, men are 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed and 46 percent more likely to die from the disease than women.

The McLeod Digestive Health Center is comprised of specially trained physicians, called gastroenterologists, who utilize the most innovate tools and techniques to diagnose and treat a range of gastrointestinal issues facing residents of North Carolina and South Carolina. The McLeod Digestive Health team treats conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

For more information about this procedure, contact the McLeod Digestive Health Center at 843-777-7166 or visit McLeodHealth.org.

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