2012 Symposium abstract: "Making Something out of Nothing: The Journey in Establishing a New Operation for Children With a Rare Cancer"
In the last two decades, the medical community has seen many new drugs invented, new and improved ways to reduce infections in hospitals and many protocols implemented that help reduce medical errors. Despite the fact that minimally invasive surgery has skyrocketed, no new surgical procedures or operations have been invented for children or adults. In the last 6 years, I have developed an operation that had never been done in children before. Developing this potentially life saving surgery in a vulnerable population is both challenging and rewarding. In this operation I remove hundreds of malignant tumors followed by a hot chemotherapy wash of the abdomen. With this procedure, in a small group of rare patients, survival is prolonged from a median of just over two years, to just over 5 years. The surgery can last up to 20 hours in one patient and requires a huge team. Now patients come from all over the world to get this operation done. Here I will share the journey experienced by myself and my team in developing something from nothing.
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