Robotic prostate cancer system a first for WA

Fiona Stanley Hospital head of urology Professor Dickon Hayne.
Fiona Stanley Hospital head of urology Professor Dickon Hayne.

A ROBOTIC system for treating prostate cancer – known as the da Vinci system – will be based at Fiona Stanley Hospital in a first for WA.

The Government provided $5 million to bring the state in line with other health jurisdictions of a similar size to Perth.

The robotics will provide 3D vision with magnification and help surgeons access areas limited by the human hand.

Patients are expected to recover faster and have shorter stays in hospital.

Health Minister Roger Cook said Fiona Stanley Hospital had employed an urology specialist who had undertaken training to lead the robotic surgery program.

“Our Future Health Research and Innovation Fund commits the Government to establishing a $1 billion fund to drive medical research and innovation, including a cancer research plan for the next decade, an innovation hub at Royal Perth Hospital, and incentives for corporate and philanthropic contributions for health and medical research,” Mr Cook said.