Colorectal cancer is on the rise in Asia Pacific. The aging population, combined with changes in dietary and lifestyle habits, are contributing to higher incidence of the disease, which is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.
For most patients, surgery is the main treatment. That’s why the Johnson & Johnson Institute and Ethicon are delivering innovative education and training across the region to advance surgical skills and improve access to care.
Improving Access to Good Surgical Care
Through in-person courses, digital learning and hands-on practice, the Johnson & Johnson Institute is helping surgeons stay up to speed on the latest techniques and technologies.
“There has been encouraging progress in colorectal surgery to improve patient outcomes and reduce complications,” said Nitin Thakur, Senior Product Manager, Ethicon. “We are committed to bringing the benefits of these advancements to more patients through greater access to professional education and training.”
By collaborating with key opinion leaders (KOLs) and the colorectal disease community, the Johnson & Johnson Institute supports initiatives such as:
- Asia-Pacific Endoscopic Colorectal Summit, which brings together leading specialists in the field to explore how to optimize both research and surgical techniques for colorectal surgery.
- Greater China Laparoscopic Colorectal Institute (GCLCI), an initiative that has collaboratively train more than 40,000 Chinese surgeons over the past decade.
- Science of Anastomotic Healing Symposium, an educational program in India to leverage the latest research and techniques to reduce this serious complication and leading cause of hospital readmissions. This event, which was led by Satyanand Shastri, MD, Medical Affairs Director, Johnson & Johnson India, is an important platform to reflect and build upon surgeons’ experience in dealing with anastomotic leaks and analyzing the latest evidence in this area.
- Driving Consensus on Laparoscopic Procedural Training. Through collaboration with KOLs in India, the Johnson & Johnson Institute is working to increase the consistency of education and training for procedural steps used to perform Laparosopic Low Anterior Resection (LAR). The education, which shares the latest research and LAR techniques, includes a review of anatomic considerations, pre-operative care, patient positioning, access, repair, and closure.
Public Education to Promote Early Detection
It’s always better for the patient and surgeon if colorectal cancer is detected early, when there are more treatment options. That’s why Johnson & Johnson supports public education to increase awareness about the benefits of screening and early detection of the disease.
In India, a partnership with leading KOLs/healthcare providers is increasing public awareness in important ways such as:
- “Cyclothon” for a healthy life, a colon cancer awareness program created by Manipal Hospitals in Bengaluru, India and supported by Ethicon. The inaugural event attracted 250 participants.
- Sharing Knowledge to empower patients. Leveraging traditional and social media to Increase access to information about symptoms, early detection, the importance of self- screening and treatment options.
“Not only does colorectal cancer take an enormous toll on the health of patients—it also puts more stress on our healthcare systems,” said Swan Ng, Senior Manager, APAC Professional Education. “Through a combination of professional and public education we can help to address the growing burden of this disease and improve care for patients throughout Asia-Pacific.