Leading Colorectal Specialists Attend Event at Stafford Hospital
30 October 2012
Around 60 people attended a national study day at Stafford Hospital on Friday 26 October.
The event, entitled ‘Controversies in Rectal Cancer’ included presentations by Graham Williams, President of the Association of Coloproctology, Brendan Moran, National Lead Clinician for Low Rectal Cancer, Mr Hershman, Dr Sun Myint of Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, and a former patient, Mark Davies.
The event was organised by Mr Michael Hershman, Colorectal Surgeon at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust who is pioneering the use of a revolutionary procedure to treat rectal polyps which combines specialist surgical techniques and localised radiotherapy.
Mr Hershman was the first surgeon in the UK to use the surgical technique known as Transanal Endoscopic Micro Surgery back in 1993 and is now working with Dr Myint to offer the combination of surgery and localised radiotherapy to improve outcomes for patients.
New equipment has enabled Mr Hershman to carry out 28 of the procedures since Christmas. The radiotherapy, which is focussed on the polyps, can reduce them in size so that the non-invasive surgery technique can be used. It is a keyhole technique which uses a special proctoscope and avoids the need for a colostomy.
Mr Hershman says: ‘We were very pleased to host this event which enabled us to share the learning from our practice, to hear from some of the leaders in the field and from a former patient.’
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