A 5 year old patient named Marc was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma (The term neuro refers to nerves, while blastoma refers to a cancer that affects immature or developing cells), a common childhood cancer that typically affects children 5 years and younger. Marc has undergone cancer treatment for four years to help control this aggressive disease. While treatment remained successful, a tumor in his stomach still remained. With two previous failed attempts to remove the tumor, it was deemed inaccessible and carried too much risk to safely operate.
|Jaume Mora |
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While hopes of removing the tumor seemed insurmountable, doctors of Sant Joan de Déu Hospital never gave up on Marc. With the help of Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), they were able to replicate a 3D model of the tumor and surrounding tissues. Utilizing two different types of materials, one for the organs / blood vessels and another translucent soft material for the tumor, doctors were able to rehearse the removal of the tumor with the highest level of precision and determine the best course of action to remove it while minimizing the risk of damaging the surrounding areas.
|Sant Joan de Déu Hospital|