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UK pelvic exenteration workshop at Quadram institute, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

UK Pelvic Exenteration Network

Surgeons from four countries gathered in Norwich last week to set new standards for colorectal cancer in order to boost survival rates for patients. It is the first event of this kind in the UK which reviewed techniques for locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer. The conference and workshops took place at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which is one of the largest centres for treating colorectal cancer in the UK.

The event was led by Consultant Colorectal Surgeons Mr Irshad Shaikh and Mr Sandeep Kapur. Mr Shaikh said: “We have brought together expert surgeons from several countries with the aim of setting a standard for colorectal surgery where cancer has spread in the pelvic area. This is an important step in getting the best outcome for patients with advanced cancer and in terms of survival rates and quality of life.”
Mr Kapur added: “We have examined a range of surgical techniques, radiotherapy and reconstruction after surgery. Sharing information between surgeons is putting Norwich at the forefront of tackling advanced colorectal cancer.”

The event was held jointly with UEA department of anatomy and PelvEx collaborative which is an organisation comprising of surgeons involved in surgery for advanced and recurrent rectal cancer in Europe USA and Australasia. Surgeons attended from Ireland, Turkey and Poland.

NNUH welcomes doctors from across the country for RCS exam
NNUH welcomes doctors from across the country for RCS exam

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) welcomed 87 registrars from across the UK last week (30 May), who arrived to sit the day-long Royal College of Surgeons’ inter-collegiate General Surgery exam, the final step in becoming a Consultant.

Weekly FRCS teaching programme
Weekly FRCS teaching programme

NorSTRA runs a weekly FRCS syllabus based teaching programme which is delivered by Speciality Trainees under consultant supervision. The programme covers the range of the FRCS syllabus as outlined by ISCP and is held on a weekly basis.