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Robotic surgeon to improve cancer treatment at Belfast City Hospital

The Da Vinci robot is set to perform surgery on up to 100 urology patients a year 
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A £2 million robot is set to transform cancer services at Belfast City Hospital.

The robot, called Da Vinci, will perform surgery on up to 100 urology patients a year, focusing mainly on those suffering from localised prostate cancer.

Use of the robot in surgery will mean patients can expect a shorter stay in hospital, reduced medication and decreased blood loss during surgery.

Chaity Men Against Cancer donated £200,000 towards the cost of buying and installing the robot.

Caroline Leonard, Director of Surgery and Specialist Services at the Belfast Trust said “We are delighted to be able to formally launch this service today. By having this robot in Belfast we will be able to offer NI patients the same standard of service as those in the UK 

"We would like to thank Men Against Cancer and the Department of Health for financing the project."

Caroline Leonard, Director of Surgery and Specialist Services at the Belfast Trust said “We are delighted to be able to formally launch this service today. By having this robot in Belfast we will be able to offer NI patients the same standard of service as those in the UK. "We would like to thank Men Against Cancer and the Department of Health for financing the project."

Eric Cairns, speaking on behalf of Men Against Cancer, said the charity was "immensely grateful to our thousands of fundraisers". 

He said: "They should be rightly proud of what has been achieved. 

"We are also delighted that the benefits of the robotic arm in City Hospital will be available for certain women's surgical procedures.”

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