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Panel working on standardisation of pancreatic cancer care

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The ongoing three-day meet of expert committee of International Summit on Laparoscopic Pancreatic Surgeries, will work for the standardisation of care for pancreatic cancer, for the surgeons world wide.

Some 35 specialists including from Japan, Korea, the U.S. and the U.K., are discussing about the possibility to create a standardised technique for surgeries for pancreatic cancer, Dr. C. Palanivelu, organising chairman of the Summit and Director, Gem Hospital, told reporters last night here. The meet also proposed to bring out a position statement based on the present literature evidence on laparoscopic pancreatic resections, he said.

Stating that surgeries, both open and laparoscopic, were done in different methods and types across the world, a leading key hole surgeon from Japan, Go Wakabayashi said that once the standardisation was done, it would help train the upcoming surgeons to handle the case in any difficult situation.

Moreover, the cost of the surgeries could also be brought down, since there was insurance cover for such surgeries in many countries, he said.

However, Palanivelu said that hardly one or two surgeries, like removing gall bladder stone by key hole method, were covered in India under insurance and the Government should come forward and bring as many surgeries under insurance cover, for the benefit of those affected with pancreatic cancer, the prevalence of which is increasing across the country.

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