Pioneering rectal cancer treatment method developed by Lankenau surgeon
Lankenau’s own Dr. Gerald Marks’ pioneering colorectal surgery techniques led to an historic collaboration with radiation oncologist Dr. Mohammed Mohiuddin in the early 1970s. Together they developed a revolutionary treatment approach to rectal cancer that involved preoperative radiation along with sphincter-saving surgery that alleviated the need for colostomy. This approach produced a dramatic improvement in cure rates and wide acceptance of this clinical method around the world.
The Marks-Mohiuddin method is a preoperative radiation treatment strategy for rectal cancer that promotes sphincter preservation and has allowed 93 percent of Lankenau's patients to avoid a colostomy bag, well below the national average.
Dr. John H. Marks, son of Dr. Gerald Marks, now leads in the same field with minimally-invasive, laparoscopic surgical techniques resulting in a new range of options for sphincter preservation.