Pune: Sassoon Hospital doctors perform complex surgery to treat a young cancer patient

Sassoon Hospital becomes the first state-run hospital to conduct liver cancer surgery. An 8 x 11 x 13 cm right liver cancer of a 14-year-old girl was successfully operated at the hospital


Doctors at Sassoon Hospital in Pune operated upon a 14-year-old girl who was suffering from liver cancer. A complex operation had to be done to treat the girl. The surgery was performed on August 14 and it was a success.

A few months before the surgery, Shraddha (name changed) was suffering from stomach pain. She consulted a local doctor and got sonography done. There was cancer of 8 x 11 x 13 cm mass on the right side of her liver. The doctors in private hospitals advised that surgery was the only option.

It would cost a lot of money. So she approached Prof Dr P. S. Karamkar from the Surgery Department. There were many test conducted upon her under the care of Dr Sheetal Mahajani. Dr Mahajani decided that it was necessary to operate upon the girl.

The surgery was conducted by Dr Vipin Vibhute, a liver transplant surgeon, along with Dr Kamlesh Bhokil and Santosh Thorat.

“Such operations are provided at a low-cost in Sassoon Hospital. This helps benefit poor patients,” stated Dr Vibhute.

Dr Sudhir Nanandkar, dean of Sassoon Hospital, Dr Vandana Dubey, Professor and HOD of Surgery Department, Dr Vidya Kelkar, Dr Suraj Jadhvan, Dr Manish Pathak, Transplant Anaesthetist, Dr Harish Tatya, Rahul Tambe played an instrumental in this surgery.

Dr Santosh Thorat stated, “Sassoon is the first state-run medical college which has performed such a liver surgery. The right-hand side cancerous mass was removed. It was a very complex surgery. This was made possible as nine months ago, Sassoon Hospital started a liver centre. This centre has advanced mechanisms and devices. It requires a lot of infrastructure. The surgery involved several complex procedures.”