Vietnam performs first robotic surgery on patient with lung cancer

HO CHI MINH CITY (Bernama) – Doctors at Binh Dan Hospital have used a robot for the first time in the country for lung cancer surgery, removing suspicious nodules through a small incision instead of a large one and without using mechanical rib spreaders, unlike in the past, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

According to Dr Tran Cong Quyen, the minimally invasive surgical technique helps patients recover faster and have significantly less postoperative discomfort than traditional open lung cancer surgery.

With manoeuvrable wrists rotating through 540 degrees and a 3-D camera providing a view of healthy and suspicious tissues, the doctors view lung structures and more precisely perform the surgery.

The hospital said in a press release that doctors performed the surgery on a 56-year-old patient from Vinh Long province.

He said he had smoked nearly 40 cigarettes a day for more than 30 years, and also suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.

He was brought to the hospital for treatment and tests showed two-centimetre nodules in his right lung.

Doctors said 40 per cent of the nodules were cancerous and had to be removed as soon as possible since they could prove fatal.

The surgery was done under the supervision of a Singaporean surgeon.

In Vietnam, the leading cause of death of men is lung cancer. Among women, it is the third most common cancer.

According to Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, nearly 22,000 new cases of lung cancer are recorded in the country every year while 19,500 die of the cancer each year.

According to Quyen, smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, with second-hand smokers also being at high risk. But most cases are not detected early.