Charity appeals for help to buy surgical robot
Pioneering kit used to treat prostate cancer
TARGET: Surgeon and Ucan chairwoman Justine Royle says early diagnosis is key.
A urological cancer charity is appealing for people to back their fundraising campaign to bring a second pioneering surgical tool to the north-east.
Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer as one of the biggest killers in Britain, with estimates that one in eight men will be diagnosed with the disease.
In 2015, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary became the first in Scotland to introduce a robotic surgical system which uses minimally invasive procedures.
But with demand increasing, urological cancer charity Ucan is aiming to raise £1.1 million to bring a second machine to ARI.
Charity chairwoman Justine Royle, who is a surgeon, said that since the campaign launched six months ago, there has been “slow and steady” progress towards the target.
But she stressed how important it was for medical staff to have access to the latest equipment.
“It makes such a big difference if we can make an early diagnosis and
there is a very good chance we can treat it effectively if that happens,” she said.
“More and more people are surviving prostate cancer operations in the UK and a lot of that is due to medical advances.
“At the moment, we are limited by only having the one device but we want to transform that situation in the future, because we know there are many people who would benefit from the robotic surgery, whether it is dealing with cases of prostate or pancreatic cancer or other complicated procedures.
“The next step is for
Ucan to purchase an MRI fusion scanning machine for early detection of prostate cancer.
“These devices make such a difference.”
The first device has been used in more than 850 operations.
Ms Royle, who hopes the charity can hit its £1m target in two or three years, if not sooner, added: “We are proud of the difference that one robot has made. But we think we can achieve more by bringing another one to ARI.”
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