Ro­botic surgery will save more lives

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

Mark Open­shaw, Earl­swells Road, Cults, Aberdeen

SIR, – I re­fer to the very good re­cent ar­ti­cle (Press and Jour­nal, Novem­ber 6) on health by Neil Drys­dale.

I do hope peo­ple in the north­east once again get be­hind the fundrais­ing cam­paign. With prostate can­cer now over­tak­ing breast can­cer and es­ti­mates that one in eight men will be di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease I

can­not speak highly enough of char­ity chair­woman Jus­tine Royle (sur­geon) and the whole med­i­cal staff and team at Ucan.

In 2012 af­ter my can­cer op­er­a­tion I backed and sup­ported the ap­peal for the very first pi­o­neer­ing sur­gi­cal tool – the Da Vinci sur­gi­cal sys­tem which helps en­able the sur­geon to per­form min­i­mally in­va­sive surgery with an ad­vanced set of in­stru­ments and a 3D high-def­i­ni­tion view of the sur­gi­cal area.

This new equip­ment was the first in Scot­land and it is great to see how it has ben­e­fited so many pa­tients across Aberdeen, Aberdeen­shire, Orkney and Shet­land not only with prostate can­cer but bowel, rec­tal, gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers and non­ma­lig­nant con­di­tions. It also has the po­ten­tial to be used in other spe­cial­i­ties such as car­diac and pae­di­atric surgery.

I sin­cerely hope the good folks of the north-east once again get be­hind this ap­peal as they did with the first, as early de­tec­tion of my prostate can­cer saved my life.

Jim Bruce, Ed­in­more Drive, Daviot,

In­verurie, Aberdeen­shire

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