Cancer Research UK launches 360 degree operation video

Youtube released film aims to increase understanding of the treatment of oesophageal cancer.

Joe Lepper | 17th Jun 19

Cancer Research UK has created a 360 film of a patient undergoing a life saving operation.

The surgery showcases how a £1.4m funded project by the charity has been able to help those with oesophageal cancer, which affects the gullet that takes food from the throat to the stomach. According to the charity it is one of the most difficult cancers to detect and treat.

A statement from Cancer Research UK explains: “The operation at Southampton General Hospital was carried out by Professor Tim Underwood, who is undertaking the ground-breaking research.

“Janet, 65, has Stage 3 oesophageal cancer and agreed to be filmed during surgery to show how we’re saving lives like hers – and helping thousands of patients in the future.”

The four-minute film has been made available via the charity’s Youtube channel and also contains a warning that some viewers may find the content difficult to view.

Research around chemotherapy

The release of the film comes as the charity reveals that less chemotherapy may be better for older or frail patients with advanced stomach and oesophageal cancers.

“Increasingly we’re realising it’s not just age that affects how well someone can tolerate their treatment and we need to do more work to understand how other conditions or aspects of frailty might play a role,” said Dr Peter Hall, Co-Chief investigator from the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre.

“We should now look beyond chemotherapies, at some of the newer targeted therapies or immunotherapies to understand how we can tailor different treatments to patients based on their individual circumstance.”