New can­cer treat­ment

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

A RO­BOTIC sys­tem for treat­ing prostate can­cer – known as the da Vinci sys­tem – will be based at Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal in a first for WA.

The Govern­ment pro­vided $ 5 mil­lion to bring the state in line with other health ju­ris­dic­tions that were a sim­i­lar size to Perth.

The ro­bot­ics will pro­vide 3D vi­sion with mag­ni­fi­ca­tion and help sur­geons ac­cess ar­eas lim­ited by the hu­man hand. Pa­tients are ex­pected to re­cover faster and have shorter stays in hospi­tal.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal had em­ployed an urol­ogy spe­cial­ist who had been trained to lead the ro­botic surgery pro­gram.

“Our Fu­ture Health Re­search and In­no­va­tion Fund com­mits the Govern­ment to es­tab­lish­ing a $ 1 bil­lion fund to drive med­i­cal re­search and in­no­va­tion, in­clud­ing a can­cer re­search plan for the next decade, an in­no­va­tion hub at Royal Perth Hospi­tal, and in­cen­tives for cor­po­rate and phil­an­thropic con­tri­bu­tions for health and med­i­cal re­search,” Mr Cook said.

Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal head of urol­ogy Pro­fes­sor Dickon Hayne.

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