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Dr. Palanivelu’s Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery Centre inaugurated @ GEM Hospital

  • Opened “Centre of Excellence in Esophagus Cancer surgery”
  • 24×7 help line (9500200600) to address all cancer related queries
  • Celebrating 30yrs of journey in Laparoscopy
  • A milestone of more than 1000 Esophagus Cancer Surgeries


Chennai, 30th January 2021: GEM Hospital, India’s premier Gastroenterology, laparoscopic and Robotic surgery hospital celebrated 30 years of journey in Laparoscopy by inaugurating “Dr. Palanivelu’s Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery Centre” and “Centre of Excellence in Esophagus Cancer Surgery” today.  Mr. R G Chandramogan, CEO & Managing Director, Hatsun Agro Product Ltd., inaugurated the Centres at GEM Hospital Chennai.


To mark the occasion of World Cancer Day which falls on 4th Feb, an exclusive 24×7 Cancer helpline (Mobile No: 9500200600 and Email   was also launched to address the problems of all cancer patients. Patients from anywhere in the country can make use of this helpline. It will provide assistance and expert panel guidance across various specialities, provide patient testimonials to clear the fear of new cancer patients to go through the treatment with confidence and provide financial assistance if required, in association with GEM Foundation. It will also provide online consultation and screening for cancer.


Celebrating 30yrs of excellence in the field of laparoscopy, Dr.C.Palanivelu, Founder & Chairman, GEM Hospitals said, “Esophageal Cancer is the 4th most common cancer related deaths in India. Since the symptoms are vague, most cases are identified only at a very advanced stage. GEM Hospital is taking necessary steps to create awareness on Cancer among public for early detection and treatment.


The centre has a complete armamentarium in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery for:

  • Upper Gastro Intestinal Cancer of Esophagus and Stomach
  • Cancers of Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Tract
  • Cancers of Colon, Rectum and Anus
  • Urogenital Cancer of Kidney, Prostate and urinary Bladder
  • Gyneacology Onoco surgery of Uterus cervix ovary


There’s a general misconception among public that Radiation and Chemotherapy are the only treatments for Cancer, whereas for many of these cancers surgery will be the primary treatment and early cancers are curable only by resection. Screening is the best way to detect cancer at early stage”.


Dr. S. Asokan, CEO, GEM Hospital Chennai said, “We are proud to have achieved a milestone of 1000 successful Esophagus Cancer surgery through laparoscopy procedure. Our Chairman Dr. Palanivelu invented a unique Technique   which is a prone position technique of Thoracolaparoscopic Esophagectomy that reduced morbidity and encouraged early discharge from hospital.  This became the most popular approach which is now followed as a standard operation globally by many centres.”


“The newly inaugurated Dr. Palanivelu’s Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery Centre is an exclusive department to cater to all GI (gastrointestinal) cancer related diseases like Esophageal cancer, Gastric (stomach) cancer, Colorectal cancer, Pancreatic cancer and Liver cancer. The department will also offer fellowship programs on ‘Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery’ for Surgeons”, Dr. S. Asokan further added.


On the occasion Dr. P. Senthilnathan, Director, GEM Hospital said, To mark the opening of this new department, we have organized a virtual panel discussion today through Face book Live with our experts on Esophageal cancer, where general public also participated and clarified their doubts. We will be continuing to do similar panel discussions on every Sundays about one organ/cancer for creating awareness and clearing the doubts of the general public.”


Dr. Palanivelu’s Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery Centre will conduct free screening camps throughout this year across South India. The objective of these camps is to educate people on symptoms, various curable treatments and to stress on Early Detection of Cancer”, Dr. P. Senthilnathan added.