Robotic surgery will save more lives
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,