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Men in the west of Scotland are being given access to world-leading robotic technology in the fight against prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland and 1 in 10 Scottish men are likely to develop the disease.
Now, as the result of a partnership between West of Scotland Health Boards, the Scottish Government and Prostate Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is able to offer radical prostatectomies using robotics. It is hoped that around 300 men each year will benefit from this new technology.
Consultant Urologist Mr Hasan Qazi said: “Until recently, men with prostate cancer had few surgery choices, which predominantly involved an open prostatectomy, involving large incisions, higher blood loss, slower return to continence and in general, a longer period of convalescence.
“With the new state of the art Da-Vinci Xi Dual console system at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, we hope to facilitate better results for men undergoing radical prostatectomy, in getting them cancer free and continent early after surgery and where possible, preserving potency. This represents a huge development for Cancer Surgery in Scotland.”
The service, in the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, now provides access to this world leading technology for patients across the West of Scotland and will be opened up to even more men from April this year.
In excess of £2million has been invested in this development, including a commitment of £1million from Scottish Government funding. Prostate Scotland, a Scottish charity set up to provide information, advice and to support treatment advancements on prostate disease, has raised a sizeable sum to provide specialist decontamination equipment for the robotic programme.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Our investment of £1 million towards this state-of-the-art technology in Glasgow will further ensure men have access to the most advanced treatment available, as well as leading to shorter lengths of stay in hospital and a speedy return to everyday life.
“This funding follows on from our previous investment of £1 million to assist NHS Grampian with purchasing a robot for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Plans are also being explored for a robot in the east of Scotland, with the Scottish Government committing up to £1 million for this future initiative.
“We have seen a welcome increase in the number of men surviving prostate cancer in recent of years, and our investment in robot- assisted prostate cancer surgery is aimed at helping improve functional outcomes and increase the survival rate even further.”
Robert Wilson, Chairman of Prostate Scotland said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland and it is therefore great news that soon men in the West of Scotland will have access to robot assisted surgery for prostate cancer and we welcome this significant step forward in treatment options for men with prostate cancer.
“We are pleased to have been able, through our Blue Horizon Robot Appeal, to make a contribution towards the equipment costs for the robotic programme in the West and would like to thank our many donors for their support towards this.”
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Pic: Consultant Urologist, Mr Hasan Qazi, with state of the art equipment.