Looking forward to Birmingham 2018: Research Sessions - an interview with Mr Austin Acheson

Continuing our series of interviews previewing this year’s ACPGBI annual meeting, 9-11 July, we talked to Mr Austin Acheson (Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospital, UK and Chair of ACPGBI Research and Audit Committee) who highlighted some of the key topics under discussion during the Research Sessions in Birmingham.

Nurses outperform doctors in colorectal cancer surveillance model

Putting nurses in charge of colorectal cancer surveillance instead of doctors has shown to reduce the number of unnecessary colonoscopies and the number of cases progressing to cancer, according to a South Australian audit. The researchers examined 732 colonoscopies over three months in 2015 found that 97 per cent of procedures adhered to Australian guidelines in the nurse-led model, compared with compliance of just 83 per cent physician-led surveillance model.

COLOFOL RCT outcomes: Increased follow-up does not benefit CRC patients

Increasing the number of follow-up tests for patients with stage II or III colorectal cancer does not result in a significant rate reduction in five-year overall mortality or colorectal cancer–specific mortality, according to the results from the COLOFOL randomised clinical trial. Trial researchers in Sweden, Denmark and Uruguay reported that follow-up testing with computed tomography (CT) and carcinoembryonic antigen more frequently vs less frequently offered no benefit.

Pentax Medical to distribute Third Eye Panoramic Imaging System for colon cancer screening

Pentax Medical has entered into an agreement with Avantis Medical Systems to distribute through its US salesforce, the Avantis Third Eye Panoramic device, a wide-angle visualisation tool that significantly expands the view obtained from traditional colonoscopes during screenings for colon cancer.

Intuitive Surgical da Vinci SP surgical system gains FDA clearance

Intuitive Surgical has gained FDA clearance for the da Vinci SP surgical system for urologic surgical procedures that are appropriate for a single port approach. Intuitive’s da Vinci SP surgical system for urologic surgical procedures that are appropriate for a single port approach. The da Vinci SP system provides surgeons with robotic-assisted technology designed for deep and narrow access to tissue in the body. The ability to enter the body through a single, small incision helps surgeons perform more complex procedures.