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Surgical robot to 'revolutionise' cancer treatment

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A surgical robot with dual controls is intended to make Oxford a training centre for keyhole surgery on prostrate and renal cancers.

The £2m da Vinci robot, made by Intuitive Surgical, has been acquired by Oxford University and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals for use at the Oxford Cancer Centre.

It uses a set of robotic arms that can be operated by a surgeon sitting away from the patient while training others in its use.

Says Freddie Hamdy, Nuffield Professor of Surgery: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to obtain the latest surgical robot for Oxford.

“These robotic systems are revolutionising the way surgery is carried out, offering astonishing precision.

“Patients will be able to benefit from the latest developments in surgery and, with improved recovery times, they should be able to go home sooner as well.’

It is hoped that future use will be expanded to include operations on bladder and colorectal cancers.

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