Char­ity ap­peals for help to buy sur­gi­cal ro­bot

Pi­o­neer­ing kit used to treat prostate cancer

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY NEIL DRYS­DALE

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.”

To find out more email Gayle Stephen at [email protected]

Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick

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